Be Fit to Beat Cancer

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DePinhofitness.JPG"We'll kick cancer butt." That's what Ronald DePinho, M.D., MD Anderson's new president, said in a recent interview. And, as a Tae Kwon Do master, DePinho probably could do literally just that.

While he may not be kicking and punching his way through the research lab, DePinho does give significant credit to his martial arts training for teaching him the fundamentals to a fulfilling life. This includes the importance of taking care of one's health.

By working in at least 30 minutes of vigorous physical exercise - weight training, elliptical, or martial arts training every day, DePinho takes an active role in lowering his chances for many common cancers.  And, he encourages others to do their part to maintain better health and a more balanced life.

Here's what DePinho said about how he embraces work-life balance in a recent employee blog post:

"Central to functioning on a high level is to invest in one's health. I try to exercise every day, eat properly, avoid excessive alcohol and coffee. I do admit that I often fall short on getting a good night's sleep.

On the job, I am compulsive about time management. A great source of stress derives from the feeling that you do not have control over the demands of your life. At work, I work to ensure that each meeting or activity has a goal and an impactful outcome. To do the best possible work on key tasks, it's important to prioritize and focus until the task is complete. Finally, never stop learning -- education is a lifelong process and the world is not standing still. Invest in one's development.

At home, it's simple -- the key is to ensure you spend quality time with your spouse and children. When with them, BE WITH THEM. It's important to be there mentally and communicate in a deep and meaningful manner

What do you do to invest in your health? Share your story on our Focused on Health Facebook page.

Or, read our latest issue of Focused on Health, MD Anderson's healthy living newsletter. You'll learn how MD Anderson doctors stay motivated to exercise after a long day at the work.

You'll also learn easy ways to get your heart pumping -- even when you've only got a minute. Find out about three hot classes that'll push your body to higher levels of fitness. And, use our infographic to find the best workout shoes for your feet.

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