Wed Wellness

Hello Advocate Christ Residents & Attendings,
     As part of our burgeoning new Wellness program, I will be sending out an email every Wednesday. The purpose of the email will be to share health-related information in the form of links to thought-provoking and motivational articles, videos, recipes, etc. Our jobs are incredibly demanding and stressful, and I strongly believe that a healthy diet coupled with regular, strenuous exertion is key to keeping us in optimum shape for being the best doctors/humans we can be.
     I want to make clear from the get-go that I do not subscribe to or advocate any one-type of dietary discipline (such as vegetarianism, veganism, paleolithic diet, Atkins nutrition approach, fruitarianism, etc). Rather, I believe that most nutrition models have something interesting and useful to offer us, and as such will send out information about a wide variety of nutritional approaches. Hopefully you will find something that resonates with you, and you can incorporate some of what you learn into your life. 
     I will also include a Workout of the Week (WOW) in each email. It doesn't matter what you eat if you are a couch potato! My goal is to provide a challenging workout that can be completed at home in less than 20 minutes without any fitness equipment. Feel free to reduce or increased number of repetitions or sets as needed to help this workout fit your needs and abilities. I will include links to show brief demonstration of exercises in case you do not know how to do them. 
     Finally, please feel free to email with any ideas you may have on wellness related information that you think should be shared! I would love to learn about new diets, recipes, exercises, or anything else pertaining to wellness. And if there is someone you would like to be included in this list, send me their email address and I will include it. Conversely, if there is anyone who does NOT wish to be on the list, let me know and I'll take you off so that you can slowly balloon to Advocate Christ Emergency Department Standard Patient Size in peace. 



  • 3 Sets of:
    • "Sprint there, jog back": 25 yds, 3 repetitions
    • Dips: 15 repetitions
    • Burpees: 15 repetitions
    • Pushups: 15 repetitions (increased intensity: decline-ups)
"If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health."