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!