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Integration of healthy habits in the wellness program of future doctors

February 24, 2017 15:04

22/09/2016 20:00

Healthy habits future doctorsCan exercise and monthly health workshops to help medical students to improve physical fitness, reduce stress and affect the performance? And if the future doctors will be thanks to these techniques are more prepared to help patients become healthier?

Experts NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) launched a one-year pilot study of 120 first-year students of medical universities entitled "Physicians 'Health' aimed to ensure that future doctors pay special attention to a healthy lifestyle. Under the project, 40 students received Fitbit monitors showing the level of physical activity. They will attend monthly health lectures and regularly receive motivating messages workout modes. One of the study groups will carry a fitness monitors without having to visit health programs.

Researcher Joan Donoghue, associate professor and exercise physiologist in NYITCOM, said the program "Healthy Doctor" the only program in the country, serving as a model for the integration of healthy lifestyle habits into the daily life of medical students.

"We want to help medical students to be active, to educate them in the area of ​​health and fitness, - says Donohue. - The project - the first study of the effectiveness of the monitors and analyzes how health programs (in addition to the use of such trackers) motivate students. "

Donohue said that the national program "Healthy People 2020" provides for an increase of visits to the doctor, which include education and counseling on healthy lifestyles.

According to Alexander Stengl, student-researcher program "Healthy doctor" engaged in medical students refuse to exercise, skip meals or eat properly.

Monthly health education seminars for the main study group will take place from September to May. Programs include strength training, flexibility exercises, proper nutrition and a lecture on how to motivate patients to devote time to physical exercises.

"In medical school, we have to be leaders in the field of health and well-being of students, teachers and patients," - said Jerry Balentayn, one of the researchers.

Program Team "Healthy Doctor" will present the results at the American College of Sports Medicine conference in May 2017.

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