“Preventative health” is relatively dull topic compared to the drama of a medical emergency. But for Kim Grubbs, it’s not all about the drama. It’s about saving lives.
In the last few years, Grubbs, professor, emergency medical science, has cultivated a professional and personal interest in how to get people healthier.
Grubbs, a paramedic and registered nurse, said he spent “the better part of a career in the back of an ambulance and in the emergency department” and realized that many of those life-or-death calls didn’t have become emergencies if only the patients had taken better care of themselves.
“I realized I was seeing these catastrophic illnesses that had disastrous consequences. So much of it was preventable, but the patients didn’t realize that,” he said.
He set out to be a resource for education, and he’s given lectures at JCCC as part of College Now classes, staff development days and the Nell Mitchell wellness series. His tips for better health include:
- Lose weight if you need to. In the last 3-1/2 years, Grubbs has lost almost 40 pounds. “The fundamental issues of weight gain are behavioral, and they’re hard, hard, hard to change,” he said.
- Identify your health risks. Grubbs uses his background as an EMS instructor to help people understand the complicated world of anatomy and biology in layman’s terms. He’s also created a website for health coaching, consulting and wellness education, and he hopes to add to the site as time allows.
- Eat a diet of foods low on the glycemic index (whole-grain, protein-rich foods that do not easily spike blood sugars).
- Exercise. Grubbs quoted a study that showed that participants who exercised 150 minutes a week had a 14 percent decrease in coronary events.
- Stop smoking.