Iowa Specialty Hospital

Making the Rounds with Dr. Hurt

December 11, 2014

Get Fit… Stay Fit

As we embark on the future within an ACO (Accountable Care Organization), there are many unknowns. It will be an education for all of us: hospitals, patients, and providers alike. The basic premise is that we need to actively seek and be a healthier population.  More financial incentive will be placed on this approach and less the sheer volume of cases done or patients seen. It will truly be “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In today’s newspapers alone, we are reminded that: “The U.S. falls behind on exercise, gets fatter” and “too many Americans are becoming unnecessarily sick” (1). Additionally: “Iowa falls from 18th to 24th in national health ranking” (2). The top causes for the report on our state is our reluctance as a state to give up cigarettes and binge drinking. What do we do about it? Like anything else, it starts with us! Once we live the healthier lifestyle (good nutrition, exercise, adequate sleep, quiet reflection) and cut out vices, with credibility we can spread it to others as friends, families, colleagues, and providers. (Do you really want to listen to your fat doctor who smokes tell you to stop smoking and eat less?)

I encourage you to start right now having quiet time for yourself, eating clean, working out, drinking more water (less alcohol), and to only smoke when you are on fire!

Have a healthy holiday season and a very Merry Christmas!

Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son. ~ Dean Wermer/"Animal House"


USA Today 12/10/14

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