Dr. Nina’s Perspectives
Dr. Nina specializes in developing customized, coordinated lifestyle-driven prevention frameworks for highly prevalent chronic diseases and conditions. Given her in-depth practical and analytical research knowledge, professional experiences, and extensive background in exercise physiology, nutrition, health promotion, wellness and rehabilitation, she can draw on virtually any subject that falls within the domains of healthcare and self-care.
As a scientist with a nontraditional background and significant ‘street cred’ in the health and wellness space, Dr. Nina’s insights are completely out-of-the box. A masterful debater and commentator, she is not at all shy about voicing her perspectives and opinions on emerging trends and doesn’t hold back in addressing controversial issues, especially those surrounding health policies and programs, and the interplay between diet, exercise and chronic disease.
HEALTH & DISEASE
Exercise is indeed a form of medicine and optimal nutrition is an enabler of good health.
I believe human beings are programmed to be physically active and that not doing so creates physiological imbalances within the body that ultimately contribute to obesity and related health problems. In the not so distant past, humans were required to perform strenuous physical activity daily, as they had to hunt and gather food and constantly roam for shelter. Food supplies were scarce and unpredictable, and it was nearly impossible to overconsume on a daily basis. Although people are no longer required to hunt and gather for survival, these behavioral patterns our engrained within us. As such, we must strive to create environments that promote regular physical activity and sensible eating in order to maintain optimal health.
As women, we tirelessly work every day to support the overall health and wellbeing of those we care about, oftentimes, at our own expense.
Women have an amazing ability to thrive no matter what circumstances we face. We tackle our jobs (sometimes multiple jobs), care for our significant others, our children, our parents and our friends, and continuously project a high level of poise, composure and professionalism through life’s inevitable ups and downs. We’ve essentially mastered the art of maintaining flawless public façades. Problem is, we tend to put our own mental and physical health needs on the backburner and then wind up feeling sick, tired, and depressed. As a diehard advocate for women’s health, I continuously strive to offer practical and affordable solutions that make it easier for women to put their health first.
DIETING & WEIGHT LOSS
I promote dieting resources that encourage a balanced approach to weight loss.
People striving to lose weight often fall victim to one or more of the hundreds of dieting programs and books on the mainstream market. Some of these do actually contain useful advice and tips but, unfortunately, most make empty promises. Dieting resources that encourage a balanced approach to weight loss are the only ones that are effective over the long-term. A balanced approach is one that includes regular exercise and other forms of physical activity, a sensible diet based on sound nutrition, and realistic strategies for long-term weight maintenance.
While childhood obesity is a nationwide problem and children are indeed in a ‘crisis’, it all begins at home, plain and simple.
Children are not to blame for their overweight or obese state, as many don’t know any better, especially if they haven’t been exposed to positive lifestyle behaviors. As role models, parents need to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits so that their children acquire such patterns of behavior. Healthy people become healthy parents and healthy parents will more than likely promote positive behaviors in their children.
In my opinion, society in general has failed to promote a culture of disease prevention and personal accountability and we’re paying for it.
In the United States alone physical inactivity accounts for about 250,000 deaths each year and approximately $24 billion a year in healthcare costs. Medications are now prescribed at the earliest signs of diseases like high blood pressure (hypertension) and type 2 diabetes, which are amendable, and, in some cases, reversible with positive lifestyle modifications. Given the emergence of the Affordable Care Act, there definitely needs to be more of a drive to implement mandates that emphasize disease prevention through physical activity and health awareness in order to shift the paradigm to one that focuses on proactive versus reactive approaches to health and healthcare management.
The information Dr. Nina provides in articles and blogs is solely for educational purposes and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you’re concerned about your health, contact a physician for medical advice.