Albert Schweitzer

Getting doctors to practice what they preach

It's ironic that the year we, both new medical students, moved across the street from the nation's best hospital and began learning how to manage the health of others is the same year we stopped taking care of our own. It was a year of ups and downs.

As our physical activity and healthy food intake went down, our body-fat percentages and stress levels went up. In turn, so did our risk for developing chronic diseases and conditions like obesity, hypertension, diabetes and even certain types of cancer.

Fortunately, many of us know how threatened our society is by these lifestyle-associated chronic diseases. Pick up the paper and you'll read headlines about New York Mayor Michael...