Celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.
In Part 1 of her story Odayme Quesada, MD of The Christ Hospital Health Network shared her approach to leading though whole-self wellness, investing in herself so she can be strong enough to support others. Dr. Quesada has built the Women’s Heart Center around recognizing unique risk factors for women, such as pregnancy, and the distinctive ways heart disease can present in women. Odayme has hit her stride in occupational wellness and she’s recognized that the journey is marathon, not a sprint.
We spoke with Dr. Quesada about physician burnout and the increasing reality that 51% of female physicians claim to be experiencing burnout (1). So, how can physicians like Odayme work long hours, support their patients and other team members while supporting themselves too?
Dr. Quesada’s secret: integrating movement and a healthy diet into her daily routine. “I maintain physical wellness by exercising 30 minutes per day for at least 5 days a week and focus on my nutritional intake.” Quesada loves using her Peloton and makes a point to get up and utilize it daily.
Quesada subscribes to the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, one that is largely high in fiber, low in saturated fat and includes “healthy” monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil. Check out this smoked gouda and olive oil tapenade recipe on Multi-Seed Crunchmaster Crackers for a Mediterranean-inspired snack.
Odayme Quesada, MD recently moved to Cincinnati, OH and the COVID-19 pandemic has understandably made it challenging for her to meet new people. With this being said, Quesada is committed to making the region feel like home. When she does hit the town she “masks up” and heads to the city’s newest hotspots like Vista at Lytle Park. Quesada has found community in giving back to groups like the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women and actively participates activities hosted by WISe Wellness Guild, however, no one is more excited to work on their social wellness than Dr. Odayme Quesada once this period of isolation is past us!
We find Quesada’s approach to wellness and leadership inspiring and believe many could learn from her commitment to investing in her own wellness.
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Glossary of terms:
Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)