Carmen Dalton – Q&A

Carmon Dalton, FNP-C, Family Nurse Practitioner, The Mobile Health Doc

HOW DO YOU DEFINE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE? For me, it looks a lot like daily reading and learning, daily movement, time with family, paying attention to my body and needs. Prioritizing activity and happiness is at the top of my list. Spending time outdoors, meditating and getting plenty of sleep. My mental health suffered over the past three years, so attending to psychological needs is extremely important. Work-life balance is essential, but it’s also important to love your job or your responsibilities, and I’ve finally found that. 

HOW DID YOU COME TO PRACTICE IN YOUR CAREER FIELD? I had a neighbor as a small child who was a nurse. I wanted to be just like her. I followed my dreams throughout my life, but when I finally became a nurse, everything I thought it would be, wasn’t. I went back to school and became a nurse practitioner so that I can lead a health care delivery that every patient deserves and truly care for my community of patients.

WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE (WEIGHTS, CARDIO, YOGA, PILATES, ETC.) DO YOU PREFER; WHY? I always say: “A body that keeps moving, keeps moving.” I enjoy weightlifting and resistance training. My family spends a good amount of time hiking.

WHAT DOES YOUR EXERCISE SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE ON A TYPICAL DAY, WEEK? Every week is different! My goals are to get movement in four to five days per week, however being a mom with kids in sports and a medical provider, sometimes I may only get in 1 to 2 times. I try to get 45 minutes to an hour, but sometimes I only have time for a 30-minute workout. 

WHAT ARE YOUR PRACTICES TO KEEP YOU, YOUR FAMILY HEALTHY? My children are competitive gymnasts. They spend anywhere from 16 to 20 hours per week in their gym. We talk to our kids about the things going on in the world and work hard to pay as much attention to all our mental well-being as much as their physical well-being. We practice wellness by sitting at the dinner table every evening.

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST HEALTH AND WELLNESS TIPS? Eat whole foods as much as you like, and drink water! Exercise, sleep and feed your soul with things that make you happy