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An Overview of the AAFP’s Focus on Family Medicine

Focusing on occupational health and medicine, Cedric Fernando, MD, is the medical director in the Occupational Health Department at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. After earning his degree at East Tennessee University Quillen College of Medicine, he complemented his hands-on experience and education with a number of certifications. In particular, Cedric Fernando, MD, is a certified medical review officer (MOR) and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

As one of the world’s largest medical organizations, AAFP advocates over 110,600 family physicians, residents, and students. The main goal of the organization is to help family physicians better treat their patients by increasing the value of AAFP membership. Members gain access to exclusive programs, educational seminars, and other perks that they can use to advance their knowledge of family-oriented medicine.

Following World War II, many physicians branched out into specialized areas of medicine, leaving those in need of general services without local doctors to call their own. Family medicine emerged as a subset of the medical field in 1969. Physicians who practice the discipline pledge to provide care for all individuals regardless of their socioeconomic standing. Their focus on the family allows them to treat patients of all ages, beginning at infancy and extending through senior years.

AAFP is proud to represent family physicians, who devote their time and energy to treating a broad range of conditions as well as offering generalized services such as checkups and physicals.


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Dr. Cedric Fernando on Whether Middle-Aged Fitness Can Fight Chronic Disease

A new study suggests that middle age may be an excellent time to exercise, especially if you care about avoiding chronic disease in old age. Researchers found that people who lead an active life in their 30s, 40s, and 50s were less likely to suffer from diseases like diabetes as they aged. For every 20 percent someone increased his fitness level, he or she saw a 20 percent drop in his or her risk of chronic disease. The relationship between fitness and disease held true for both men and women.

The scientists also found that physical fitness did not seem to confer a longer life. Rather, it just ensured that people would be healthier as they aged. While less fit adults were likely to suffer from lung and heart problems and endure a slow decline, the adults who exercised in middle age stayed healthy and active until they died suddenly. Researchers recommend that middle-aged adults engage in two and a half hours of moderate exercise a week in order to preserve their health into old age.

About the Author: Dr. Cedric Fernando practices medicine in Tennessee. Dr. Fernando serves as Medical Director for the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Occupational Health Department in Erwin.

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