Healthy Health Care Providers
Happy Friday everyone :D.
I don’t know about you, but I’m extremely ready for the weekend.
So, I finally purchased something this week that I’ve been wanting to try, and I must say- I was not at all disappointed!!
OMG you guys, if you haven’t tried this- DO IT ASAP. It really is wonderful ;). Dare I say it may even be better than the dark chocolate dreams?? I dunno- but in my book they are at least tied.
My arms are still feeling it from my workout on Wednesday. I think I’m definitely going to like my new strength training plan! Hopefully I’ll be able to come up with some new workouts to post for you guys!
And after yesterday’s rest day, I’m hoping that my long run goes well today! Sadly it’s kind of gross outside, and that means I’m destined for a long date with the treadmill. Thank goodness those treadmills have TVs on them- I’ll have to find something good on.
I was reading Lauren’s blog the other day and she wrote a great post about how some doctors today don’t really listen to their patients and just want to quickly solve things with a pill. It was a really good topic so I suggest you go check it out, but her post got me to thinking about health care providers.
I think it is really important for health care providers (this includes doctors, nurses, therapists, etc.) to actually lead healthy lives. It always bothers me when I hear about doctors that are telling their patients to stop smoking, yet they themselves are smokers. Or when a therapist who doesn’t exercise or eat healthy tries to tell a patient they need to completely change around their life and do both of those things in order to lose weight so their knee arthritis will get better.
I believe that health care providers should be setting an example for others. As a future health care provider, I think they should be the epitome of what it means to lead a healthy life. So many people have health care problems due to their lifestyle choices. Wouldn’t it be great for them to get suggestions from someone who is making healthy choices and can actually express the personal ways that it makes them feel better? I don’t know about you, but I am much more likely to “believe” something and am more willing to try something when I hear about how it personally impacted someone.
Sure, it’s great to receive pamphlets and fact sheets that express all of the researched reasons why living a healthy life is good for you. But, tell me how it’s impacted your life and the ways that you have gone about doing it and I’m way more likely to be intrigued. I mean seriously, I have known about healthy living for so many years and I’ve done it myself, but it wasn’t until I started reading healthy living blogs that I could fully appreciate the enormity of how it can impact a person’s life for the better. A personal and intimate illustration of what it can look like to lead a healthy life and how it feels is way more inspiring and is more likely to lead to change than telling someone they “should do it because we know it’s best for you for reasons x, y, and z”.
In one of my classes earlier this week my professor presented us with a quote that really stuck out to me:
“Let’s face it, in America today, we don’t have a health care system we have a sick care system.”– Senator Tom Harkin
It’s kind of sad how true this often is. Perhaps if health care providers really embraced living a healthy life, our health care system could really make an impact through promotion and prevention as opposed to just treatment once the condition is already present. Please know, I’m not trying to “bash” health care providers and I don’t under any circumstances think that they are all unhealthy. I mean, I’m going to become one! I just believe it would be awesome if ALL of them personified a healthy lifestyle. It’s a fabulous profession and I think that by being a part of it there is often a huge opening to make an impact.
I’m thankful that I live a healthy life and that when I do have patients in the future, if it’s something that comes up, I will absolutely be able to give them personal, meaningful, and passionate examples of how it really helps me live my life to the fullest.
**Please understand, these are my personal opinions. I absolutely do not expect you to share them. I just wanted to express my views on something that has always kind of bothered me!