Walking in the D: Get Moving in 2012

Wellness has been an important topic of discussion during the past year on Doc in the D.

Beyond talking about healthy food and eating habits, I’ve also received a number of comments on my blog from Henry Ford Hospital employees who are looking to incorporate exercise into their lives.

I hear it all of the time from members of our health care team: After working a long day, it can be a challenge to find the time and energy to exercise.

When we encourage our patients to lead healthier lifestyles, we should too. And keeping our employees healthy is a priority at Henry Ford.

So to help those with a resolution to “get moving” in 2012, or those just looking to incorporate additional exercise into their day, I turned to my colleague Dr. Steven Keteyian, program director with Preventive Cardiology in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Henry Ford, for advice.

His recommendation: Start walking.

The best part is you don’t need to go outside in the middle of our “mild” Michigan winter to get started. Continue reading

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Dream Big in 2012

“You can learn a lot about a person from his dreams. What we dream is a reflection of who we are. It is the measure of our aspirations and goals, and of those values we hold dear and place above all else.”
– Zadok Rabinowitz

The New Year offers each of us a point in time for reflection, renewal, and most importantly, resolution.

It’s one of the many reasons (along with football and fond memories of my Grandma Mary’s roast pork and Romanian sausage dinner) that New Year’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.

Every year I have made – and kept – the same resolution: To thank, challenge and even inspire my family, friends and colleagues, as well as myself.

As part of that resolution, I started a holiday tradition as President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital to send my colleagues and team a New Year’s card with a very special message.

In 2011, that message was BELIEVE. Our belief in our mission, each other, our work and our city is what drives our relationships and emotional engagement in what we do every day.

When you truly believe, there’s no limit to what you can achieve and dream…which brings me to this year’s message. Continue reading

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