We here at Veterinary Economics prescribe lots of practice wellness and preventive care: team training, continuing education, budgeting, the writing of mission
statements. And we do try to take our own medicine. So we know it's not always easy. We have been known to skip our monthly
CE meeting when we get busy. And I have to admit that I have not personally taken on Dr. Ernest Ward's challenge, issued in
March, to get fit and run a 5K.
"Get Out of Your Unhealthy Rut"
did make me think about making some changes every time I read it. And I read it three times during the editing process. But
all I've done is think.
Associate Editor Amanda Wolfe is setting
a better example
and taking the thinking to the action stage. She requested Dr. Ward's berry and spinach smoothie recipe. (I did try this.
You really can't taste the spinach. Even my 9-year-old daughter agrees itcompletely tasty.) Amanda enlisted Dr. Ward's support
and got advice. She bought new running shoes and printed the workout schedule posted at vetecon.com. And then she actually
hit the treadmill. She'll be running two 5K events later this summer.
Better yet, she's tracking her progress for all of us. Read her blog
Read her blog
about her experiences during the eight-week program and feedback about her trials and tribulations from Dr. Ward. I'm hoping
her dedication inspires the rest of us to jump into action.
Dr. Ward is always in action. He participated in the Ironman competition last month. And he's following up his springtime
advice about your health with some great strategies about talking to clients about their pets' obesity—a growing threat to
pet wellness that rarely gets the attention it deserves. Just like human wellness, the fix is both simple and tough: moving
more, and eating less.
Marnette Denell Falley, Editor