P3-EX: Individualized Exercise Prescription

Individualized treatment, prescribing exercise and creating targeted plans to optimize health on every scale, has been the main goal of my work for many years. 

When it comes to diagnosing and treating specific conditions within patients, each individual factor needs to be considered when designing a plan for their health, which is not always a widely practiced plan of action due to its difficulty. With regular exercise being a key component in treatment, not all exercise plans fit each unique person.

I thought it was about time to take exercise prescription to another level of success and more than a decade ago, I began to do just that. Creating the FITT principle in order to help my students understand how and why to prescribe physical exercise, it has since become the standard in not only my classes, but of framing exercise prescription recommendations of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Since then I have partnered with UConn students, faculty and a team of other wonderful individuals within the field to create a tool called Prioritize Personalize Prescribe Exercise or P3-EX that uses the FITT (Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type) principle to frame the exercise prescription. This tool aids in the process of prescribing exercise to patients by providing specific, time-effective, evidence-based recommendations for professionals to recommend. 

Take a look at this UConn today article: Innovative Decision Support System for Individualized Exercise Prescription

Utilizing an extensive algorithm designed with the help of my team (mentioned below), we have created a pivotal tool designed to aid health professionals in determining treatment. Using data analysis, the tool enables practitioners to identify which cardiovascular disease risk factors they should target to best benefit their patients.

The work with my students and fellow researchers in the field has enabled us to construct this decision-support system in a collaborative manner. We are now able to create personalized exercise plans to support patient heart health.

Programs such as Exercise Prescription helps students such as the ones I am working with, to bring their career to the next level while gaining hands-on learning experience, working with professionals like myself to build a healthier tomorrow. 

The interdisciplinary team includes:

Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Kinesiology Yin Wu ’19 (CAHNR), Kinesiology graduate students Rachel Berkowsky, Shiqi Chen, Erica Bushey, and Christina Day; adjunct professor of computer science and engineering at UConn, Justin Kennedy; Senior scientist at Hartford Hospital, Gregory Panza; and field medical director at Servier Pharmaceuticals, Margaux “Maggie” Guidry.

Faculty Introduction: Linda S. Pescatello

As a Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut (UConn), Storrs and a current researcher in the field, I focus on the study of exercise prescription to optimize health benefits. Through in-depth research, assessment and collaboration with my colleagues, we have since developed what is known as the online graduate ExRxcertificate program. 

Designed around what is widely known as the gold standard in the fields of sports medicine, exercise science, and health and fitness—ACSM’s GETP, this program gives individuals an opportunity to learn from and interact with the best experts in the field. Furthermore, the course’s learning environment helps to provide students with the unique opportunity to learn from leading experts who deliver course content completely virtually, as well as the ability to interact with their fellow classmates. 

Now, let’s get down to business. The world is discovering that exercise is medicine! That’s just a fact. In order to help meet the demand for continuing education in the exercise science field, I along with the University of Connecticut, are offering a certificate that can prepare you to take your career to the next level and capitalize on the growing exercise science, personal training, fitness and Kinesiology industries. 

Excited to learn more about certification? Look no further than our past students as they share their experiences, recent work and future plans! Learn more today.

UConn Expert on National Physical Activity Guidelines Team

March 2, 2018 Issue of UConn Today

Committee members volunteered for the task because of a belief in the impact this report will have on our country’s health as well as internationally for the next 10 years, says UConn's Linda Pescatello.
uthoring an 800-page report that represents a systematic review of the scientific literature surrounding physical activity and health throughout the course of a decade was, itself, a feat of endurance.

That was a mantle the University of Connecticut’s Linda Pescatello, and 16 other top researchers throughout the nation, agreed to take on as the federal Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.