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Doctors will now be tracking how much you exercise

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Quincy, IL (WGEM)-- Along with getting your blood pressure checked and weight measured your next check up could involve a few questions about your exercise habits.

Doctors are now asking patients how often they exercise on average to get an indicator of their overall health. Officials at Quincy Medical Group say they use the information to determine if a certain condition was due to the lack of exercise or if it's genetic.

Plus, it could end up saving you some money.

"Because if you're exercising you're taking care of yourself and you're preventing these chronic diseases then you're going to save money on insurance claims and medications. So you're saving money for yourself and you're saving money for who ever is providing your insurance," said Abby Schlipmann, the Wellness Coordinator for the Quincy Medical Group.

For some situations like high blood pressure doctors generally prescribe exercise first, instead of giving you medication. Doctors say that's often all it takes for patients who follow through.

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