Running, Weight Loss, Wellness with Drs. Mohan and Parker

Dr. Carmen Patrick Mohan, MD and Dr. Ruth Parker, MD – Women’s Guide To Health – co-authored with Jeff Galloway

Dr. Ruth Parker, MD, MACP is professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. For over two decades, her work has focused on research, education and policy efforts to advance health literacy. Her focus is on making what we need to know and do for health and healthcare understandable and doable. She is a lifelong athlete and has completed 28 marathons.

Dr. Carmen Patrick Mohan, MD, FACP is an internal medicine physician, urban homesteader and marathon runner who prescribes food and exercise as medicine. She works to foster change in healthcare delivery through internet technology, improved patient communication and information access. Dr. Mohan specializes in Cardio-Metabolic Risk Factor Reduction with a focus on women. She is also a competitive runner and is on a quest to complete marathons in 50 states and 7 continents.

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Together, they have co-authored a new book with Jeff Galloway titled The Women’s Guide to Health: Run Walk Run, Eat Right, and Feel Better.

Primary care physicians with a strong commitment to health education

In this episode, we learn how they use their insight as primary care physicians with their strong commitment in health education to set and achieve health and fitness goals. This book is about Wellness and we discuss what that term actually means to them.

In their book, they use their insights as primary care physicians and strong commitment to health education to lay out goals and plans to achieve them. The book emphasizes how their practices as physicians, experience as marathon runners, and commitment to health literacy helps us achieve fundamental health. While focusing on women, they also offer practical tips and strategies for all genders, ages and levels of runners to become more fit and healthy.

Questions Dr. Mohan & Dr. Parker are asked:

5:05 First Four:

  1. How old are you?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. Where do you live now?
  4. What is your favorite race distance or type of race?

8:46 What does ‘Wellness’ mean to you from a medical perspective?

12:25 Why did you feel the need to write this book?

15:12 Dr. Parker, how and when did you start running?

17:46 What running goals do you have for 2019?

20:26 Dr. Mohan, where are you with your goal of running marathons in all 50 states and all continents?

21:28 How does your book differentiate issues for women and what would also apply to men?

25:31 What do you mean when you refer to women as ‘Health Brokers’?

29:21 How would you describe your nutrition guidance?

31:51 Why is this a good way of eating?

33:27 What about regular soda and diet soda?

34:25 What research has been done on brain impact and weight gain with diet soda?

35:15 How do calories fit in with nutrition?

39:07 What about red meat?

41:12 What about fat and butter?

43:13 What about dairy and eggs?

44:56 What about heart rate and sleep? Especially heart rate with run-walking?

50:58 Any final thoughts?

56:19 Final Kick Round:

  1. What is your favorite local training run (location, starting point, parking, distance, terrain and safety issues)?
  2. Favorite running book(s)?
  3. Words of Wisdom or Humor?
  4. Who or what would you like to have featured on the Run To The Top podcast?

Quotes by Dr. Mohan & Dr. Parker:

“Wellness, for women in particular, always means more than just physical health. It always incorporates how we feel emotionally, whether or not we feel connected to those we love best of all, and the fuel we’re getting; not just your diet, but also your spiritual fuel.”

“There is not an efficient way to train for endurance other than engaging in it.”

“The absolute most important thing is fresh fruits and vegetables. If you can eat 5 cups of fresh fruits and vegetables every day, then you’ve reduced your risk for sudden death by 50% for that day.”

“It’s supposed to be a good problem that we’re living so much longer than we used to, but with that comes, if you’re old enough, the need to have caretakers. And so many of those positions are being filled by women.”

“When you write in longhand it triggers your brain to help you eliminate the things that you didn’t need; like that one piece of brownie that cost you all those calories.”

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Mentioned in this podcast:

Run To The Top Winners Circle Facebook Community

RunnersConnect Facebook page

Strava homepage

FasciaWear homepage

Book: The Women’s Guide to Health by Jeff Galloway, Ruth Parker MD and Carmen Patrick Mohan MD

Dr. Mohan and Dr. Parker’s website

Jeff and Barbara Galloway on Run To The Top

Atlanta Beltline Running Route

Druid Hills, Atlanta

Eleanore Fish

Book: Half-Marathon – You Can Do It by Jeff Galloway

Book: Running Until You’re 100: A Guide to Lifelong Running by Jeff Galloway

Follow Dr. Mohan and Dr. Parker:


email Dr. Parker

Dr. Mohan’s Website – Hello Health

Dr. Carmen Mohan’s LinkedIn Profile

email Dr. Mohan

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