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Medisys Client Testimonial - Jim Mitchell

By Medisys on April 04 2018 | News

     

 

Q: TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO MEDISYS.

A: When I first started coming to Medisys over 27 years ago I was a local leader for a business unit at the company where I worked at the time. I was very fortunate to work for a company that cared about their employees’ health and offered such a wonderful benefit. When I reached my last nine years of work before retirement I was travelling 200+ days and in excess of 200,000 miles a year. Being constantly jet lagged, rushing from plane to plane and eating at irregular times, I was not living the healthiest possible lifestyle and it was hard to find time to attend my annual Medisys assessments. For this reason, I started to schedule my annual visits around late December when I was sure to be back in Canada for the holidays. Collecting that health information year over year was far too valuable to skip!

 

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Q: TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH MEDISYS OVER THE YEARS?

A: When I was 45, following my annual Medisys visit, I had my first colonoscopy. Several polyps were found and although not all polyps turn into cancer, colon cancers can start from polyps. I felt lucky to have caught the polyps at such an early stage since most colonoscopies aren’t scheduled until later in life. If I hadn’t visited Medisys for my preventive assessment, something far more serious may been found later on. I am now 67 and retired for 5 years.

Over the years I have had to lose weight, workout, manage stress levels, and improve sleep all to avoid developing serious health issues. I’ve learned that my best results come about when I track my performance and aim to improve year over year. My routines today involve biking swimming and counting steps which I can easily measure and record. As I age my goal is to stay as vibrant as possible and a healthy lifestyle that focuses on prevention is a big part of making that happen.


Q: WHAT WOULD YOU TELL OTHERS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDISYS SERVICES THROUGH THEIR COMPANY BUT DON’T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT?

A: If you have the opportunity to benefit from annual Medisys preventive health assessments, you need to take advantage of it NOW. Cars built in the 60’s offered warning lights. If your engine was too hot, a red light came on. When you apply that kind thinking to your health – only seeking a solution once symptoms have shown up – then you’re not doing yourself justice. Cars today alert you when you need to go in for a checkup. The Medisys approach is similar in that it takes a preventive approach to your health to spot problems before they become serious medical issues. If you prioritize your health today you’ll be sure to benefit from it down the road.

 

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Q: COMMENT ON HOW MEDISYS HAS CHANGED YOUR APPROACH TO HEALTH.

A: Prevention is about being proactive. Medisys has taught me about the power of prevention through tracking, measurement, and making educated improvements. We are each in control of what we eat, how much we sleep, our levels of exercise, and more. But at the end of the day our power to improve is controlled by our motivation to live a healthier life. Medisys can provide the information, tracking and education required to live a life focused on prevention and good health. Your responsibility rests simply in maintaining your personal level of motivation. If you can do that, your future self will thank you.

 

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Q: WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE SURE YOU LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND WHY?

A: My lifestyle is really built around being better every year. My focus is on education, fitness, activity, and nutrition. I am from a family that is pretty focused on health so discussions about food trends, probiotics, supplements etc. are everyday topics. There is so much literature available that the challenge is sorting through the material for the nuggets that make sense for your life. Find what applies to you and your goals, and then dig in!

 

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Q: HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE THE MEDISYS APPROACH TO THE OTHER TYPES OF HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCES YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED?

A: I have used five different healthcare systems (Canadian, American, British, French and Swiss) and know the difference in all of them. The one thing I would say about all systems is that we all need to take control of our lifestyle and work hard to avoid the big health issues that can impact our lives in a major way. So many modern day diseases are results of poor diet and lifestyle. Get informed, take your annual Medisys visit seriously, read and apply key learnings to your life. Take control.

 

Q: IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

A: It’s important to acknowledge that nobody is perfect, and that health is about making good choices that bring you closer to your health goals. I am a work in progress getting better every day.

 

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