Published on November 03, 2021

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Getting Your Health Back on Track

The COVID-19 pandemic is making many of us look at our health differently.

Some of us are wondering if we might be high-risk for serious health complications. Some of us have put healthcare concerns on hold. Many of us are feeling stressed, and our mental and physical health has worsened.

As vaccines help us make progress against the pandemic and we approach a new year, we asked Adventist HealthCare physicians for their No. 1 piece of advice for a happier, healthier life. Here’s what they told us:


Daisy Lazarous

“You have a powerful tool in your hands – the capability to reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke by 90 percent. Small steps make a huge difference. Get help to quit smoking, cut alcohol, maintain a healthy weight by eating right and most important – get moving! Start walking as much as you can.”

Daisy F. Lazarous, MD, Cardiology


T. Newsome

“Eat in moderation. I never say take all sweets out of your diet. If you’re eating sugary food every day, try to limit servings to just one or two times a week and see how that goes. In the long run, it improves your health a lot more than binge eating and can even help your mental health. You don’t have to eat things you don’t like to be healthy. You’re allowed to eat foods that you like.”

T Newsome, MD, Internal Medicine


Jonathan Rhee

“Find a balance between work and family. Life is so hectic working day to day and taking time for your family and yourself is very important for your well-being.”

Jonathan Rhee, MD, Urology


Ogechi Anyaoku

“Take small steps daily to transform your health and ultimately your life by adding more movement to your day and more color on your plate. This means walking a little more each day and incorporating more colorful fruits and vegetables at each meal.”

Ogechi Anyaoku, MD, Internal Medicine


Marissa Leslie

“Laugh as much as possible, when appropriate. It’s a great stress reliever and is truly medicine. Take time to find the things that make you laugh, like stand-up comedy! We all need laughter in our lives.”

Marissa Leslie, MD, Medical Director, Psychiatry


Trey Godwin

“It’s important to combat a sedentary lifestyle, especially as our daily routines have changed during the course of the pandemic. We need to specifically make an effort to decrease the amount of time we spend sitting, which is true even if we are exercising regularly. The more time someone spends sitting, the higher their risk for medical conditions, including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and even certain types of cancers. Stay physically active to stay healthy!”

Trey Godwin, MD, Physical Health and Rehabilitation


Start here for a chance to win

Ready to make your move and improve your health? Learning your risk of disease is a great place to start. We’ve made it easy with our online assessments. They’re free and only take a few minutes to complete. Complete one before Dec. 31 for your chance to win an Apple Watch Series 7.

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Take one or all of our online assessments. The more you take, the more chances to win!

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