Promote a healthy lifestyle in your practice with these strategies
Everyone knows how important it is to stay healthy for a healthier life ahead. Those people who want a healthy and peaceful life, show much concern with their healthy lifestyle and it reflects in their routine as they always talk about good aspects of life and about those things that are essential for a healthy life and if you spend a day with them, you see they keep on sipping water bottle with the gap of 15 o 20 minutes or maximum half an hour. These are the basic things to stay healthy but some people want to stay healthy by having a healthier diet but their diet disorders and lazy routine don’t let them stay healthy. There is a big reason to worry because there can also be psychological issues and they feel mentally depressed and stressed if they avoid eating those unhealthy diets while they are also aware of their physique and internal health issues and they feel ashamed and embarrassed when talking about their problems and even avoid to get into the conversation with the physician who is meant to solve their health-related issues.
Well, as doctors are working hard for saving the people from any harmful effects and guiding them about every minor health issue, how can they leave behind this issue with a healthy lifestyle so now they have jumped into it and making effort to solve this lifestyle problem but further what can they do is;
Create a healthy office
Making the environment exactly according to the demands and requirements of your client or the patient is a big step to show that they don’t need to feel hesitant to come here and you are meant to solve their health issues. Physicians are already role models for many people and get attracted to those physicians who motivate them to promote healthy lifestyle choices and don’t help them in promoting healthy diets but also assist them in psychological issues.
Involving physicians raise personal awareness of fitness issues among office staff and encourage them to walk the talk, make changes in their life and share their personal experiences and journeys with the patients.
Make needed Process changes
Ask yourself about the possible changes you are noticing in your clinic that do you and your staff have adequate resources of meeting with all the necessities of fitness and healthy lifestyle,
Keep checking that your staff members are doing an effort to make your clinic successful as it is teamwork and not only depending on the physician as the staff members on h first desk is appointed on asking the patients about their fitness inventories, the nurse and assistant can calculate BMI, measure wrist circumference, review the fitness inventory and reinforce fitness concept before the entry of physician in the exam room, after the exam, the staff members can also return to the room for questioning, help with goal settings and provide patient education.
Look for the tools or system that you need to implement your effort and strategies, your practice will make changes in the process of adding BMI and waist circumference to routine vital sign measurement, displaying fitness-related patient education material in the reception area and exam room.
Get patient involved
When it is time to initialize conversations about fitness with patients, research says that family physicians help to capitalize on teachable moments, such as poor laboratory results, a recent diagnosis of chronic pain or illness, well chi exam, etc. it is also found that if we switch from an advice-giving communication to a more patient-centered, conversational and discussion style matters the most to take response from patients. The experts also pointed out some techniques that can be used in motivational interviews such as:
- Open-ended questions like, how are you feeling these days?
- Affirmation: you may not be at your goal yet, but just think when you have come here
- Reflective listening: you may not ready to make this change but till you do want that change
- Summarize: let me explain in short what we have talked about
People have different mentalities and change their behavior gradually, they move back and forth through the four stages of change including pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, and action, before moving to the maintenance stage where the purpose is to minimize relapse which is almost e=inevitable but a manually developed and this plan is made to develop how and when you will evaluate the patient’s progress. You can have a meeting in two ways, a face to face to using online resources like meeting with a nurse, dietitian, or health educator, I include all the process of the treatment from physical activity to medicine dosage and it lasts from 3 week