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VBD Star Power List: Delene P. Musielak, MD, FACP, FAAP, DABOM

Influential Physicians & Their Specialties

Delene P. Musielak, Board Certified Internist, Pediatrician & Obesity Specialist

Covid-19 has affected all of us in one way or another. That’s why it is now more important than ever that we take care of ourselves, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Two areas of our lives that have probably been most affected during this time are the mental and physical aspects of our health.

Obesity was already an epidemic prior to the pandemic, however, on average, people have gained approximately 15 pounds during this time. You may have heard of this as “the Covid-15.”

On the other side of the spectrum, we have seen the rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide dramatically increase during this time. With the isolation, quarantines, remote work, and untraditional celebrations, it has been very difficult for people.

Here are 3 ways to improve your physical and mental health during a difficult time.

1. Get Your Beauty Rest

We have all heard this phrase, but it’s so true. Poor sleep can affect our memory, our energy, and our metabolism. When we don’t sleep well, our brains and bodies don’t get the time to rest that it needs. As a result, our minds and muscles are fatigued. So make sure you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Get a sleep routine, just like a baby, doing the same regimen nightly so your body and mind knows that it’s time to relax.

2. Stay Active

Physical activity is not just good for the body. It’s just as good for the mind. When we exercise, we have an increase in “happy hormones” that elevate our mood. At the same time, activity has been shown to increase our longevity and quality of life. Working out 30-45 minutes daily 4-5 times weekly will change your life physically and mentally. Don’t forget to mix it up a little with cardio and weights.

3. Make Time to Communicate

More than ever, it has become easier to communicate with technology allowing us to see our friends and family via video. However, even with all these variations to communicate, people get busy. Schedules don’t match up. People prefer to text rather than to call someone else. But there is something innate in us that needs to hear someone’s voice and to feel someone’s touch. Make sure you are communicating with a loved one on a daily basis. Make sure you are taking time out to have a meal or watch a movie with a friend. We all need to decompress. We all need to be supported.


Dr. Delene P. Musielak is a triple board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Obesity Medicine. She is an Associate Program Director, super mom of Triplets, International Best-Selling author, entrepreneur, corporate wellness coach and motivational speaker. She is known as Dr. Dee – Mom of Three on her podcast, The Dr. Mom Show, where she’s passionate about educating others about preventative medicine. Dr. Musielak is also the co-founder of ALEA Publishing, LLC. In addition, she recently started her own weight management program, Shape to Life, helping individuals through their health journey. She has been featured in a multitude of media outlets including ABC News, The CW, Fox News, KSDK News, MizCEO, Glambitious, Thrive, Forbes, Fast Company, and STL Parent. Dr. Musielak received the title of the 2021 Mrs. Missouri – Woman of Achievement.

Dr. Musielak’s goal is to impact those around her by encouraging, empowering, and elevating them to reach their maximum potential. She enjoys sharing her own life experiences to help others do this. She continues to strive to be the best in her field and gives God the credit for all she has accomplished and prays that God will continue to utilize her to exercise the gift of healing as she serves as a physician. She daily seeks God’s wisdom and the spirit of discernment to help those who are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually broken and prays that her life will continue to make a global impact.



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