Weight Loss Tips & Secrets

Weight Loss Tips & Secrets


Choose a healthy lifestyle.

Despite being in the healthcare profession, many of us fail to make

consistent, healthy choices. Research evaluating the physical activity

behavior, fitness, knowledge, and use of behavior modification

techniques by internal medicine residents revealed below-average fitness

levels and inadequate knowledge sufficient for patient counseling for a

majority of participants (Rogers et al., 2006). Similarly, only 21% of

polled female physicians reported practicing monthly breast

self-examinations (Frank, Rimer, Brogan, & Elon, 2000).


Efforts to promote health may be improving in the workplace.

Increasingly, occupational health departments are adopting a

wellness-promotion approach. The importance of promoting healthy work

habits and healthy lifestyle choices has resulted in an increased

recognition of the need to focus on a workplace culture to address

primary and secondary prevention strategies (Yassi, 2005).

How often do you participate in activities that promote health,

reduce disease risk, or support early detection? Do you consider

yourself a good role model for making healthful choices? Consider your

own lifestyle choices, your motivation for change, your risk factors,

and the efforts being made by your employer to see what you can do to

promote healthful choices for you and those around you.

Frank, E., Rimer, B.K., Brogan, D., & Elon, L. (2000). U.S.

women physicians’ personal and clinical breast cancer screening

practices. Journal of Health and Gender-Based Medicine, 9, 791-801.

Rogers, L.Q., Gutin, B., Humphries, M.C., Lemmon, C.R., Waller,

J.L., Baranowski, T., et al. (2006). Evaluation of internal medicine

residents as exercise role models and associations with self-reported

counseling behavior, confidence, and perceived success. Teaching and

Learning in Medicine, 18, 215-221.

Yassi, A. (2005). Health promotion in the workplace–The merging of

the paradigms. Methods of Information in Medicine, 44, 278-284.

Marcella Williams, RN, MS, AOCN[R]

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