COVID-19: The Big Three for Wellness

There is a growing body of research demonstrating the critical importance of lifestyle intervention such as exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness/balance to mitigate the risk and impacts of COVID-19 both physically and psychologically. This is critical for physician wellness; however, they are also an important tool with which to educate and counsel our patients. This 30-minute session provides an overview of the literature and personal experiences of physicians participating in the live Forum.


This activity will not include discussions of products or devices that are not currently approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the curriculum clearly indicates this fact.


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Target Audience

This activity is designed for family medicine physicians and other primary care team members.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify evidence-based lifestyle interventions to combat COVID-19, personally, professionally and medically
  • Feel empowered to educate patients regarding the importance of lifestyle in the setting of COVID-19
  • Identify and adopt personal lifestyle interventions to maintain personal and professional wellness
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AAFP Prescribed
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Alex M. McDonald, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP
Family Physician
Clinical Professor, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine
Kaiser Permanente, Fontana
Fontana, CA


Alex McDonald MD, CAQSM, FAAFP is a family physician, sports medicine specialist, researcher and thought leader in the fields of physical activity, physician advocacy as well as health equity and policy.  Dr. McDonald holds a BA from Connecticut College as well as his medical Degree of the University of Vermont Larnar College of Medicine.  He completed his medical internship at Duke University, family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship at Southern California Kaiser Permanente Fontana, CA.

Dr. McDonald is currently a member of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) in Fontana, CA where he is involved with family medicine resident and sports fellow graduate medical education. He is a clinical professor at the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine and serves on the board of the San Bernardino County Medical society, California Academy of Family Physician New Physician Board member, SCPMG Government Relations Committee as well as Alternate Delegate of the California Medical Association House of Delegates.  Dr. McDonald is also a member of the California Academy of Family Physician Legislative Affairs Committee.  He is the immediate past Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference in Kansas City, MO as well as presided as Chair over the Resident and Student Congress.  Dr. McDonald also served the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Education as well as Delegate to the Congress of Delegates. He is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine as well as American Society for Sports Medicine.  Furthermore, he is an advisor to the newly created Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine as well as served on the School’s LCME Executive Self Study Taskforce.

He serves as the team physician for the California State University of San Bernardino and Upland High School. 

Dr. McDonald lives with his wife (an Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with SCPMG), three children and two dogs.  He enjoys running riding his bike, cooking, coffee, and 8pm dance parties with his kids.


Alex McDonald, MD declares that in the past 12 months neither he nor his partner/spouse have a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with one or more organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this continuing education activity.


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This Enduring Material activity, COVID-19: The Big Three for Wellness, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 0.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins November 23, 2020. Term of approval is for one year from this date.

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AAFP Prescribed
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