Weight, wait... I didn't know that: strategies for a more healthful you!
Mike Hoog, Physical Therapist
- Sept 12 – 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Los Alamos - University of New Mexico - Los Alamos, 4000 University Drive, Building 5, Jeannette Wallace Hall
- Sept 20 – 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Española - Northern New Mexico College, 921 N. Paseo de Oñate, Admin Building Room 100/101
- Sept 26 – 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Taos - Old County Court House, 121 North Plaza
Presenter's Essay and Bio
I have been a practitioner of physical therepy for over 27 years. So why would a PT be providing a lecture on weight control and mindful eating? I guess the simplest answer is that I look at my patients from a holistic point of view, rather than a simple diagnosis. I treat the “whole person,” and believe it or not diet can play a huge role in a patient’s recovery and positive outcome. 2 out of 3 Americans are either overweight or obese in this country. Almost every patient that walks through our doors has some issue with food, either too heavy or too thin or malnourished due to poor eating habits.
I felt like I needed to "up my game", in areas of: Mindful or Mindless eating, weight control, and nutrition to better serve my patients. The one book that really influenced me on this quest for knowledge is titled “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think” by Brian Wansink,. Brian is a Stanford Ph.D. and the director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. This book is easy to read and chuck full of information regarding human behavior towards food and what we can do to manipulate our environment to reduce our need for will power and begin to eat more mindfully.
About the Presenter
As a teenager and a young adult, I guess I have always been influenced by my parents. My mom was a CRT operator and my Dad was a physical therapist for the Public Health service. My mother was a talker, super social and loved people and interactions with everyone. She would always say things like, "guess who I bumped into at the grocery store." My dad, he too was a talker but he was more reserved and passionate. These two crazy people were responsible for who I am today. I got the gift of gab from my mom and the calm passion influence from my pop. These two qualities I feel are a nice combination for my profession.
My grades out of high school were not that great. I went to a junior college for two years then transferred to San Francisco State University. My grades improved and I worked at a PT office in Marin County part time while picking up night classes: anatomy, kinesiology etc. I graduated with a BA in Physical Education from SF state. I applied to PT schools and in the meantime I took EMT courses. I decided if I didn’t get into PT school I would try to become a firefighter. During the EMT training I realized that I really missed the interactions with people. The Emergency Medical profession is all about rescue and racing to the ER. I wanted to know about the people I was helping, how they were post trauma, etc. I wanted a relationship with them…but the profession did not provide this interaction.
After 4 months of anxious waiting, "the letter" arrived from New York University (pause for triumphant music)…. I lived in Manhattan for 2 ½ years studying and learning, both in life and therapy. For a short time, I loved living in a big city. I felt as if I was living at the epicenter of the world. The twin towers were still standing when I graduated in 1990.
I have been a physical therapist for 27 years now, mostly working in an outpatient setting. My patient population is young adult to seniors and I love them all. People ask me if I ever get bored working on the same body part, back, neck etc., and I say "heck no," because each body part is attached to some really interesting individual that I have the privilege of getting to know.
In addition to working with people, the other thing I think is really great about my job is that I am constantly learning and adjusting my practice to be as effective and efficient as I can be while still trying to make therapy fun and challenging for my patients. I have been a yoga practitioner for over 10 years and I have recently integrated Dry Needling to my practice to help with musculoskeletal healing. I focus on the “whole person,” not just a body segment. I am taking a more integrated approach and it seems to be benefitting my patients as well as my own longevity as a physical therapist.
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