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What's Your Health Resolution for 2013?

By Dr. David C. Pate, News and Community
December 19, 2012

 Here's what some of our colleagues from across St. Luke's Health System said they plan to focus on when it comes to their own health in the coming year. I hope they inspire you as they have me. Happy New Year to all!


Betty Sugden, M.D., St. Luke’s Jerome

To prioritize my bucket list.

P.J. Aujla, Patient & Visitor Services, St. Luke’s Treasure Valley

I would like to continue to go the gym and work out and try to watch the diet so that I can keep myself healthy.

Cari Cardoni, R.N., St. Luke’s Treasure Valley

My big one is going to be doing more yoga and more aerobic exercise, biking more, and then also, portion control, portion control!

Nick Root, R.N., St. Luke’s Treasure Valley

I’m signed up to run an IRONMAN, does that count? So to finish that, I guess that’s my big goal for the year. That’s next November.

Carol Shaw, Administrative Services, St. Luke’s McCall

My New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to walk at least five times a week, maintain a positive attitude, and adhere to a three-times-weekly regular exercise schedule incorporating wall sits, exercise bands, and other Best U exercise methods.

Russ Mayes, M.D., St. Luke’s Clinic Ear, Nose, Throat, and Facial Plastic Surgery

To be a better dad.

Kathy Denney, Laboratory Services, St. Luke’s Treasure Valley

I think that I just want to take more classes, get more involved and take more of the educational classes for the different floors that they’re offering right now, dealing with pathology and the laboratory.

Ben Slee, R.N., St. Luke’s Treasure Valley

Maybe run a 10k and lose, maybe, five pounds?

Carol Keating, Food & Nutrition Services, St. Luke’s McCall

My New Year’s resolution self-talk reminders: I cannot control other's behaviors, I can only control my actions. I am who I am because my passion for health care has made me complete. I am a reflection of who you are to me.

Stephen Brassell, M.D., St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute

My wife and I are expecting a child, so spending time with my family, expanding our family, being a good dad.

Zoe Bullard, Special Events, St. Luke’s Health Foundation

My resolution is to do yoga three times a week. I’m doing two days a week now, so I’m kicking it up a notch. It’s doing the little steps. I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something.

Teresa Newsom, Pharmacy, St. Luke’s Treasure Valley

My health resolution is to find a tai chi class that I can go that works with my schedule. We know our schedule for a couple of months in advance, so it’s hard getting into a class, especially a tai chi class. So that’s what I want to do.

About The Author

David C. Pate, M.D., J.D., is president and CEO of St. Luke's Health System, based in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Pate joined the System in 2009. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.