A healthy lifestyle is the mainstay of preventive medicine. HeaLthcare personnel might disregard keeping a healthy diet and exercise habits, perhaps due to feeling protected by their own knowledge. Physicians might under-diagnose their own overweight status, and have been shown in some studies to display lower rates of healthy behaviors compared with the general population. This review presents the availabLe data on physicians' own lifestyle habits, and discusses the importance of these for both their own health, and for the benefit of their patients. We supply several healthy lifestyle recommendations based on national and international guidelines, and adapt them to the clinic and hospital settings. Eating a healthy diet, and performing at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week, with additional resistance exercises 2-3 times a week, will benefit all caretakers--both personally and professionally.
|Pages (from-to)||583-587, 617|
|State||Published - Jul 2011|