Happy New Year from all of us at the Med Center! As we start 2024, Dr. Grundy, our Medical Director or Primary Care, reflects on the importance of setting intentions for the new year, guided by the insightful words of Thomas Edison:   

“A good intention, with a bad approach, often leads to a poor result.”   

As the year wraps up, I always take a moment to reflect and set my intentions for the upcoming year. It’s a mix of learning from the past and aiming for the future, and my big goal is always to stay in the present!  

So, how do we all set ourselves up for success in the new year? Some goals are easier to hit than others. We usually know ourselves and our relationships well, but there’s often a big gap between knowing and doing. My tip? Start with small, realistic goals. It’s all about taking those big dreams and breaking them down into smaller, doable steps. 

For example, instead of just saying ‘I want to get healthier’, how about starting with something like ‘I’ll go for a 30-minute walk three times a week’? This way, you’re setting yourself up with practical and achievable challenges. And don’t forget to celebrate the little victories – they keep you motivated and on track for the long haul. 

I get a lot of my inspiration from books and podcasts about health, the human mind, and leadership – and yeah, I sneak in some teen sci-fi novels too! Lately, I’ve been loving going for walks, hikes, runs, or skiing while listening to a podcast. 

Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite books and podcasts from this year. Check them out – they might just give you some ideas and tools to rock 2024!” 

Books or Audible 


What I do to stay healthy… 

  1. Eat something green every day.
  2. Eat mostly plants.
  3. Drink less alcohol.
  4. Read the news, don’t watch the news.
  5. Engage with social media filled with healthy recipes, exercise suggestions, vacations, animal content, and gratitude!
  6. Ride my peloton when the weather is bad, or my workday is long and busy. 
  7. Call a friend a day to say hi! Or be kind to someone I do not know.
  8. Make time and create a space to get a good night’s sleep. 
  9. Drink water.  
  10. Wear sunscreen.  

My Mantra  

Above all else… 

Be a better human to other humans! It’s not what you want to do, it’s what you can do.

Warm wishes,

Dr. Grundy