Doc­tor be­lieves ex­er­cise is the key

Whitsunday Times - - LOOK GOOD FEEL GOOD -

THIS month’s Look Good Feel Good is all about look­ing and feel­ing your best now that win­ter is well and truly on its way.

The last few months have been busy for lo­cal home visit doc­tor ser­vice Doc­tor 2 You as they have com­pleted the fi­nal stages of Ac­cred­i­ta­tion with AGPAL.

This na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides au­dit and ac­cred­i­ta­tion for gen­eral prac­tices and af­ter-hours med­i­cal ser­vices.

Last week was the site visit and au­dit, dur­ing which the prac­tice poli­cies, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, qual­ity and safety were as­sessed by an ac­cred­i­ta­tion team.

“We are so ex­cited that Doc­tor 2 You re­viewed ex­cel­lent feed­back and a very pos­i­tive re­sponse from the team. Ac­cred­i­ta­tion not only means that we can be com­fort­able that we are pro­vided a high qual­ity ser­vice that meets na­tional qual­ity stan­dards, but also means that the ser­vice can, in the com­ing months, en­gage more doc­tors and con­tinue to ex­pand,” Dr Melissa McCann said.

Although it’s not all party, party, party for the team as they buckle down to re­mind Whit­sun­day res­i­dents that while we are for­tu­nate enough to be blessed with good weather 90 per cent of the year, it’s im­por­tant to look af­ter our­selves in the cooler months.

“The best health ad­vice I can give for win­ter would be to find ways to stay phys­i­cally ac­tive,” Dr McCann said.

With shorter and cooler days, it be­comes more dif­fi­cult to get out and ex­er­cise ev­ery day.

Ex­er­cise has been shown to re­duce de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety, main­tain a healthy weight, re­duce the risk of di­a­betes and heart dis­ease, and has also been shown to re­duce the risk of many can­cers.

“A walk a day re­ally will keep the doc­tor away,” Dr McCann said.

“Even I have set my­self a goal to stay as ac­tive as pos­si­ble this win­ter.

“Some good ways to do this might be walk­ing the dog, get to­gether with friends and fam­ily for a walk, form a walk­ing group at work dur­ing lunch­breaks, join a gym, or have an ex­er­cise bike in the living room when watch­ing TV.”

To re­quest an af­ter-hours home visit phone 1800 Dr2You [1800 372 968] from 4pm on week­days and from noon on week­ends and public hol­i­days.

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