Achieving and maintaining good health can look a bit different for everyone, including health care providers. In this series, we spotlight a Polyclinic provider’s approach to their physical and mental health.
A Q & A with James Linhoff, PA-C, Orthopedics physician assistant
What are your go-to healthy foods?
“Avocados, berries, Marcona almonds.”
What are your splurge foods?
“Pizza and Tim’s chips.”
What are some of your favorite ways to move (and how often)?
“I try to walk as much as possible throughout the day, using my feet to get from the clinic to the surgery center or the hospital. I walk at lunch if there’s time -- the hills are a good workout. Take the stairs (up and down!).”
What is some favorite healthful advice you received and why?
“Keep moving. Don’t just be present, be engaged, focus. Even if you’re doing nothing, focus on the nothingness. There is something there if you take the time and make the effort to discover it.”
What is some healthful advice you give to your patients and why?
“Keep moving – endorphins help just about everything. Don’t try several different remedies at once – if you feel better, you won’t know which one is the reason. With regard to overuse injuries, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do it.”
What did you learn in your medical training that inspires or reminds you to take care of your health?
“During my military service I encountered many people who sustained injury in support of the country. Never take what you have for granted. It can disappear quickly.”
What are some of your favorite ways to practice self-care?
“Exercise. Reading about things outside my specialty. Listen to music. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.”