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FFYFP Blog: June Tip on Wellness

Written by: Sierra Tamminen BSc, MD, CCFP

I’ve recently spent a lot more time at home and focusing on wellness because I had a complicated foot injury that had me sitting on the couch for a while! For June’s tip, I thought I would share what I’ve been doing to work on wellness, and I’m hoping it will spark some motivation for you to try something new or different this season:

  • Try the 2022 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge (or a portion of it!) to push you out of your reading comforts – I’m trying to complete it with lots of graphic novels, which are totally new to me and perfect for a quick read!
  • Learn how to play a new instrument – I’m learning the acoustic guitar using Fender Play online, and it’s awesome!
  • Learn a new skill – I’m learning to knit (or trying to), it’s harder than it looks!
  • Take a course on something new, or a previous passion – I’m hoping to join a drawing or painting class this fall.
  • I’ve started to work on digitizing my family’s old home videos and photos. It’s been fun to spend some time going through old memories and learning about my family history.
  • And what would a wellness tip be without the outdoors? I’m working on my tiny garden and planning to spend as much time outdoors as I can this summer!

Have you tried anything new lately? What are your wellness tips for your colleagues?

Did you know that the FFYFP Committee is launching a Summer Wellness Challenge for all ACFP members? Read more about it here!

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My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.