Nov 10, 2008

Physician, Heal Thyself

TMA EVP Lou Goodman,PhD; AMA President-elect Jim Rohack, MD; TMA Board of Trustees Chair Lyle Thorstenson, MD; and TMA Treasurer Art Klawitter, MD prepare for a morning stroll at AMA House of Delegates meeting.
(ORLANDO) -- One way for physicians to encourage their patients to take better care of themselves -- get more active, lose weight, quit smoking -- is to do it themselves.

Blogged Arteries today caught up with four TMA leaders who, in more ways than one, walk the walk. Today, they began their morning exercise at about 5:30 am. TMA EVP Lou Goodman, PhD; AMA President-elect Jim Rohack, MD; TMA Board of Trustees Chair Lyle Thorstenson, MD; and TMA Treasurer Art Klawitter, MD, rose early and posed for photos to help publicize the AMA's newest campaign to help patients take better care of themselves.

The AMA Healthier Life Steps campaign offers patients and their physicians tools and information to help them improve diet, increase physical activity, and eliminate unhealthy behaviors like risky drinking and smoking.

"Eating healthy, exercising and eliminating unhealthy behaviors like smoking and excessive or risky drinking can seem like daunting tasks if you try to tackle everything at once," said Dr. Rohack, a former TMA president, who will be a leading spokesperson for the campaign. "Incorporating small changes into everyday life, like cutting 100 calories per day and getting 30 minutes of moderate exercise, can make the process of getting healthier more manageable."

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