Six Months In…

I am just about halfway through my presidency and have been dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle while juggling the responsibilities of being MSNJ President as well as the responsibilities in my personal and professional life.  I can tell you it hasn’t been easy, but it’s been very rewarding.

We’ve been making progress on building the fitness center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital.  It should hopefully be open in the next few weeks.  A few days ago, I attended the medical staff meeting at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and spoke of the “Fit Doc” Challenge in hopes of inspiring their physicians to work on a health and fitness plan up there.  Dr. Ruth Schulze, MSNJ first-vice president and current medical staff president at Valley Hospital was committed to developing this initiative with the hospital administration.  I look forward to hearing how it goes.

 

Since I began this program in May, I’ve been looking and feeling better.  I have altered my workout routine to incorporate weights, walk/running on the treadmill and using the elliptical machine.  I must admit that I was not too keen on using the elliptical at first because it incorporated muscle groups that I haven’t really focused on or thought about.  But after about two weeks of getting used to, I’ve got the hang of it and am burn calories effectively and getting a good cardiovascular workout.

I’m preparing to run some 5k races in and around Middlesex County and am looking forward to a holiday race through New Brunswick in December.  For now, I am off to the AMA House of Delegates Interim Meetings in New Orleans for the next week and have made sure that my running shoes are packed.

Get fit, stay fit.

Bonki

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FEELING GREAT AND ACHIEVING RESULTS

It’s been awhile since I’ve written, but I am happy to report that I am back in my full workout mode after I sustained a mid-summer rotator cuff injury.  I am working out whenever possible during the week and alternating between running/walking on a treadmill or lifting weights.

I am pleased to report that since I announced the creation of the MSNJ “Fit Doc” Challenge I have lost seven pounds.  And, while I still have a long way to go in accomplishing my goal of reducing my body mass index (BMI) from 28% to 23%, I have seen real results in my weight loss and can feel the difference as I go about my daily routine.

So now that the summer is over and kids are back in school and our hectic routines start again for the Fall, it is important to remember to exercise regularly.  Make it a part of your daily routine.

I encourage all of you to get involved and get moving.  I am proud to highlight some of the accomplishments of our member-physicians.

  • Dr. Mary Campagnolo, MSNJ’s President-elect, will be participating in the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride 2011, a bicycle ride from Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ in support of finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.  This is her eighth year participating in the event.
  • Dr. John Poole, MSNJ Treasurer, is preparing for the Walt Disney World Marathon in January 2012 and is running up to 20 miles as part of his training
  • The MSNJ staff is also staying fit.  Accounting Clerk, Nagy Srinivasulu is preparing for the Richmond (VA) Marathon scheduled for October 1; and
  • A team from MSNJ will be participating in the 18th Annual Susan G. Komen Central & South Jersey Race for the Cure on Sunday, October 2 at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson.

Let us know what you’re doing to lead and healthy and active lifestyle.  Leave a message right here on my blog.

Get fit, stay fit,

Bonki

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BACK ON TRACK

I’m happy to report that I am back to exercising after recovering from my rotator cuff injury.  I’ve been working out mostly on the treadmill and alternating between walking and running.  I haven’t been doing much weight training because I still want to let the shoulder heal a little more.  My plan is to slowly reintegrate weights into my exercise regimen so that I can get back to balancing between cardiovascular exercise and strength-training.  Please feel free to contact me if anyone has any suggestions for additional exercises.

Get fit, stay fit.

Bonki

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GROUNDED…

When I returned from the AMA meetings in Chicago at the end of June, I wound up straining my shoulder and had become concerned that I tore my rotator cuff.  I went to see an orthopedist friend of mine who injected me with cortisone and lidocaine to see if that would relieve some of the pain that I was experiencing.  He told me that if I did not feel relief within a couple of days than my only other option would be surgery.  Fortunately, the injections helped and I’ve slowly been able to regain more motion and strength in the shoulder.

I was advised not to exercise for two weeks.  Those two weeks are almost up and I am anxious to begin my exercise regimen this Saturday.  I am looking forward to getting back to the “Fit Doc” Challenge and I hope you have been active as well.  Please send me your comments or suggestions for exercises and strength training so that we can share this with all of the MSNJ physician-members to continue making New Jersey a healthier community for all.

Get fit, stay fit.

Bonki

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EXERCISE ON THE ROAD

Niranjan (Bonki) Rao, MD, MSNJ’s 219th President

I’ve spent the last week at the American Medical Association’s Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates.  It was an honor to watch MSNJ member and friend, Dr. Peter Carmel, a pediatric neurosurgeon at UMDNJ in Newark take the oath to become the 2011-2012 AMA President; just the second physicians in the 165 year history of the AMA to hail from New Jersey.  So, I would like to congratulate Dr. Carmel for his representation of the Garden State.

During this meeting in Chicago, the MSNJ delegation had continuous meetings and events usually from morning until evening.  I would move from one meeting to another at the Hyatt Regency, but I made it a point to exercise whenever possible and maintain a healthy diet (which is not always the case at conferences).

During my “Windy City” workouts, I alternated between lifting weights, running on the treadmill or using the elliptical machine.   I made achieved my goal of running 5 miles in one hour on the treadmill and burning 700 calories.  I haven’t weighed myself since I’ve returned to New Jersey, but I’m looking forward to seeing the weight-loss progress that I’ve made in my first full month as MSNJ president.  I will report my results when I have them.

I feel the difference in my energy level since I’ve been exercising more as MSNJ president.  And while I know that my schedule does not always permit me to get in a full workout program, I try to do some form of exercise whenever possible.  I hope that you continue on your path of a health body and mind as well.

Get fit, stay fit!

Bonki

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Making the Commitment to Live Healthy

Niranjan (Bonki) Rao, MD, MSNJ’s 219th President

I was proud to report at the Board of Trustees meeting yesterday that I have lost three pounds in three weeks since I announced the creation of the MSNJ “Fit Doc” Challenge. Since becoming the president I have been working out three times a week alternating between running on the treadmill and lifting weights. I am proud to say that I am running five miles in less than one hour (a 12-minute mile). I’ve been sharing workout tips with the staff at MSNJ and the nutrition and exercise experts at Saint Peter’s University Hospital have helped me develop a fitness and diet plan. We’ve changed the breakfast menu at the Board of Trustees meetings to incorporate more fruits, whole grain, and yogurt and less scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage.

In my first month as MSNJ president I have been doing a lot of travelling. I was in Guatemala for 10 days on a medical mission and will be leaving later this week for the American Medical Association’s Annual Meeting. Hopefully, after all of this travelling I will be able to move towards exercising 4 or 5 days a week during the summer months.

It is my goal to help this organization continuously change in a positive way. Several other MSNJ members have committed to the “Fit Doc” Challenge and we are now starting to motivate one another by building a team to support our efforts to be “Fit Docs”. I want to make this initiative a national one. But first, it has to start right here in the Garden State.

Contact MSNJ if you’d like to be part of the team or share fitness tips, results, exercises or any other insight you may have that can contribute to a healthier Medical Society of New Jersey.

Get fit, stay fit!

Bonki

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MSNJ Fit Doc Challenge

A Fitness initiative led by MSNJ’s 219th President, Niranjan (Bonki) Rao, MD

Physicians tend to neglect themselves in terms of their own health.  I can tell you that I am one of the most non-compliant patients there is!  I believe that we should “live by example” and we need to take care of our own matters of general health.

Therefore, I am glad to announce the launch of a state wide doc’s heath initiative known as MSNJ’s “Fit Doc Challenge” whereby MSNJ will urge and work with each of the hospitals in the state to create a functional gym that is to be close to the doctors’ lounge, preferably with a trainer.   The cost should shared by the medical staff and the hospitals.  What better partnership can there be between these two heath care providers?  There will be periodic health screening including the basic A1-c, lipid profile and nutritional counseling.

Saint Peters University Hospital is the first in the state to introduce this program next month, and MSNJ will provide the model.  I hope that each of the counties and their medical staff will take a leadership role in executing this program in each of their hospitals.  It is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.

It is my hope that we will make a difference in our lives and be an example to our patients and to the public.

Today, I lead by example in moving MSNJ’s “Fit Doc Challenge” forward.  I am committed to making a difference in MSNJ by making changes within myself.

I am encouraging you, the membership of MSNJ, to join me in leading healthier lifestyle to inspire our patients, better ourselves, and motivate our colleagues to do the same.

Currently, my BMI is 28.   By the 2012 Annual Meeting, my goal is to lower it to 23.  I encourage the membership to join me in taking the MSNJ Fit Doc Challenge.

Through the MSNJ website you will be able to track my progress of weight loss, regular exercise and diet.  I do not anticipate that this will be an easy endeavor, but any worthwhile achievement never is.

It is time for us as a great physician organization to make a meaningful impact in many ways: Let us be the change that we wish to see.

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