AMA President Visits Lubbock and Introduces New Program - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/23/08

AMA President Visits Lubbock and Introduces New Program

Almost half of all Americans are diagnosed with a chronic illness that limits their quality of life but could have been prevented. That is according to the incoming president of the American Medical Association.  Dr. Jim Rohack was in Lubbock today(Thursday) promoting the AMA's "Healthier Life Steps" program that suggests we can benefit by huge lifestyle changes if we start with baby steps. 

Dr. Rohack, M.D. informed Karin McCay, "These Healthy Steps, you take them one at a time.You're never too old to start. If you watch your calorie intake and increase the energy intake a little bit, you'll be able to maintain a better weight and that'll keep you healthier. In a year you could lose ten, twenty, thrity pounds depending upon how much energy you burn and how much decrease in calories occurs".

Dr. Rohack suggests an action plan to change your life:

  • Pack a healthy lunch to take to work instead of going out to eat.
  • When you do go out, prevent over-eating by simply cutting your meal in half as soon as you get it and put the rest in a to-go box for later.
  • Whenever possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Park at the farthest spot in the parking lot and walk to the door.

Dr. Rohack says when you're going to walk or workout, don't think of it as exercise, think of its "quality movement".

 

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