Fitness and Nutrition Division Team at Medpoint
Photo credit: Ron Young
Ron Young, the director of the fitness and nutrition division at Medpoint, a healthcare and fitness centre, believes that the younger generation should stay up to date with their health. Medpoint’s clients tend to be older, ranging from the ages 40-60, around the time when people begin to realize their bodies are slowing down. However, keeping active and healthy throughout your younger years will prevent your body from slowing down as quickly.
Medpoint is a private healthcare centre that focuses on a detailed plan fit for each client. Young explains Medpoint’s 3-hour comprehensive medical assessment, “our way of examining you, assessing you in all sorts of different tests and giving us an overall picture of your total health.” The assessment starts with filling out an intake form of the client’s health history, including the family’s health history, for the doctor before completing an entire blood panel. The test provides a clear understanding of the client’s wellbeing to help create a nutrition plan and breakfast by Medpoint’s dieticians. The assessment is followed by a 30-40 minute physical. Medpoint’s healthcare centre has a room for ECG (electrocardiogram, a test to check for problems with the electrical activity of the heart), bone density tests, and lung function, trailed by a room for skin, eyes and ears. Finally, the test concludes with a fitness and head to toe examination resulting in a thorough understanding of the client’s body. Once the assessment is over, the results explain what the client needs to work on from there.
Medpoint arranges a nutrition plan appropriate for each client as well as fitness instructors. Young says the centre provides care from all ages; he is currently working with an 18 year old pole vaulter as well as a 76 year old woman with austerities and acromegaly (a human growth disorder.) He encourages students to be more aware of their body and health. Young believes when you are young it’s not hard to feel invincible but a 30 minute workout routine is always helpful and if it’s important to you, you will do it. He advises students to get involved with weight training because it keeps joints strong and helps prevent injury risks. Young suggests at-home exercises like pushups, squats, or plyometrics for students who live far from a local gym or cannot afford a gym membership.