February 1, 2020
When starting a conversation with a patient, I always ask what their concerns are and what they currently do to stay healthy. I also ask them general questions about their family history and if they see their primary healthcare provider regularly. Answers to these questions give us insight on what their lifestyle might be and some of the challenges they face on a daily basis. It also helps us to determine if the patient may be worried about negative lab results they’ve received. All of these factors can help guide the path forward.
Diet and exercise can be overwhelming to someone who is just starting on their wellness journey. I always try to reinforce the importance of and encourage slight changes to daily routines. They add up and can make a big difference in the long run. Here’s my advice:
- Start small
- Substitute one meal or even one entree with a vegetable
- Sleep is a big factor in reducing stress and consequently reducing other health risks
- Move a little more each day
In addition to these changes, it’s also important to make regular appointments with your physician.
Our community in Sitka, Alaska, has some great resources for our residents. We are a small town, so we have the ability to direct folks to healthy community activities such as group exercise, cooking classes and more. Check out what your community has to offer. Chances are there are a ton of resources out there. The benefits, or as I call them, the side effects, of being active and involved in any community are continued health and happiness!
The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.