Guest Speaker Dr. Patrick Dunn: how to live, thrive, and stay healthy during the pandemic

Kristina Abernathy

Guest Speaker Dr. Patrick Dunn: how to live, thrive, and stay healthy during the pandemic

Dr. Patrick Dunn will join the GetSetUp community once again for a session on Living and Thriving in a Pandemic - How to Stay Safe and Strong Physically and Mentally. Dr. Dunn is the Program Director for Connected Heart Health and the AHA Inside initiative for the American Heart Association Center for Health Technology and Innovation

When Dr. Dunn left graduate school, he initially wanted to work with athletes in exercise physiology. His internship in medicine was in a cardiac rehabilitation center. Through this experience, he developed a passion for cardiovascular conditioning and rehabilitation. Now, 35 years later, he’s an experienced health educator. 

In this session, he’ll discuss strategies for staying healthy during the pandemic and beyond. He says the pandemic has had several impacts on people’s health. For example, a lot of us are staying home more, are less active, and aren’t eating as well, which leads to weight gain. And our mental health is adversely impacted as well.

To avoid negative health impacts, it is critical to keep your body and your mind healthy by:

  • Staying active 
  • Being mindful of your mood
  • Monitoring your blood pressure 
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Staying connected to your healthcare team
  • Spending time with friends and family


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