Health and Fitness

Live Your Own Life

This past week I dropped my daughter off at college for the second time. She’s chosen to go back to school to earn a second-degree and become a high school science teacher. I couldn’t be more proud.

I have to admit, it was no easier the second time around. She had moved back home for a year and a half after college, and we got used to having around. I’m going to miss seeing her every day. As a dad, I worry that she’s staying safe, eating right, and taking good care of herself.

To my dear daughter I say “I remember you well as a toddler. You became fiercely independent at such a young age; But you were also so sweet and loving. You would hold onto my neck as we swam and give me kisses on my cheek… Priceless

Before I knew it, you were growing up with a great group of friends and doing great things at school and in sports. You truly excelled in a small Catholic school environment.

You’re off now to big school in the big city. My wish for you is that you let the great success is that you had propel you. Let your voice be heard and let your light shine. You have so much to give to your students and the world You’re a smart and talented young lady with a heart of gold.

Steve Jobs once famously said in a commencement advice “Live your own life“. If you do that, you’ll have a great life!

Stay well and do well!

Health and Fitness

Commitment, Integrity, Courage, Respect, Excellence

If you were like me, a Browns fan, you were on cloud nine yesterday after our home team beat the rival Steelers Sunday in a playoff game. This was the first time the Browns won a playoff game since 1994 under head coach Bill Belichick.

Although I never played organize football, I am a great fan and truly enjoy learning about the history of the game.

The Pro football Hall of Fame is a true gem here in our backyard in Canton Ohio. There is no other place to better celebrate the values of commitment, integrity, courage, respect, and excellence. Every year when I listen to the speeches of the gold jacket recipients, I realize that they have truly taken these values to heart.

My favorite part though is their vision. It states “it’s not just the past, it’s the future; it’s not just about Canton, it’s a world; it’s not just a great museum for football, it’s a message of excellence EVERYWHERE “

Messages that football teaches such as “Do your job“ and “Be accountable“ easily translate to our personal and professional lives.

Coincidentally, the values of the Pro football Hall of Fame are, in no small measure, the values we should also expect from our political leaders.

Stay well!

Health and Fitness

Opportunities for the New Year

As I return to my office today, I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year! Cheers to the end of a tough year and the beginning of a new one filled with great promise.

The year 2020 was filled with great challenges. To grow from them, we should change the focus to how to transform challenges into opportunities. It begins with the act of being truly present, being still, open, and ready to move on and move forward.

To realize our opportunities, however, we have to set goals. Tie them to your dreams and then choose habits that will help you develop and serve your goals. Hold yourself accountable and take action on the plan that you have created.The most important and hardest part of any plan is starting it. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. You can improve and modify it as you go.

Start by reflecting on what we all endured in the year 2020. Give yourself credit for getting through some tough times. Going forward, I encourage you to make a commitment to taking good care of yourself. Get enough sleep. Eat whole foods. Exercise at least three times a week, mixing in strengthening, aerobic exercises and stretching.

And if we have if we have learned anything from the year 2020, please pay attention to your mental health. Maintain your social networks. Take time to care for yourself and others. Strengthen your spirituality with prayer or meditation. Do what it takes to keep yourself physically and emotionally strong.

Stay well!

Health and Fitness

“God bless us, everyone!“

This month we observe the International Day of Disabled Persons. The observance of this day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities.

The theme this year is “Building back better:toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world by, for and with persons with disabilities?

According to the World Health Organization‘s report on disability, 15% of the worlds population, or more than 1 billion people, are living with disability. Because of this, the care and respect of the disabled is everyone’s responsibility.

Of this number, approximately 450 million people are living with a mental or neurological condition. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, disrupted routines and decreased access to services, has greatly impacted the lives and mental well-being of people with disabilities. As we continue to fight against the virus with masks, social isolation and the vaccine, is important that we look for and treat mental and neurological disabilities that may not be immediately apparent.

Every Christmas season, I look forward to watching “a Christmas Carol“. As a father as well as a Rehabilitation Physician, I get a lump in my throat every time I watch the movie at the thought of losing Tiny Tim. His famous phrase “God bless us, everyone!“ Is symbolic of Scrooge’s change of heart and a great redemption story.

Scrooge: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the past, present, and the future. The spirits of all three shall strive within me.”

Stay well!

Health and Fitness

Health Promotion

The COVID-19 vaccine will soon be widely available across United States. It is important that people are well-informed and that we push back against disinformation and conspiracy theories.

Health literacy and clear communication between health professionals and patients are key to improving health and quality of healthcare. One group working to improve this is the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Their mission is to create, promote, and curate evidence-based health literacy and communication tools, practices, and health research for health professionals. They then use their resources to find effective strategies for sharing health information in ways that people can understand and use.

Ironically, last week was both national influenza vaccination week and handwashing week. The Healthy People 2030 objective focused on increasing the number of people who get a flu vaccine. Vaccinations are a powerful public health tool that go a long way to improve health of populations at large.

Both misinformation which is misleading or false information as well as disinformation, which refers to false facts that people spread on purpose to confuse others and sow distrust and information sources, are damaging. Sadly, examination of vaccination trends shows just how damaging vaccine misinformation and disinformation can be.

I encourage you to read and trust legitimate sources. A great resource for the latest, accurate coronavirus updates, is coronavirus.gov

Stay well!