Doctor believes exercise is the key
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.