MODERATE exercise and healthy eating go a long way to ensuring well-being says Waqar Cheema who recently took up the role of permanent doctor at Drymen Health Centre.
“This is such a good area for walking and exercise,” says Doctor Cheema when asked for his opinion on staying well. “And eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and grilling food rather than frying.”
It’s what we’ve all known for ages, but when there’s so many fad diets and weird and wonderful ideas of what’s healthy, Doctor Cheema’s tips are a welcome reassurance.
Doctor Cheema took up his post in Drymen in December and has already met many of his patients. But he’s no stranger to Drymen having spent time as a locum at the health centre last February and again in June when he heard there was a vacancy for a permanent doctor.
“I’ve also worked in Killearn and Glasgow city centre,” says Doctor Cheema who grew up and went to medical school in Pakistan before coming to the UK ten years ago. “And I did my GP training in Port Glasgow.
“I knew I liked the area and people here in Drymen from my past experience.”
Like any new job, Dr Cheema’s new role presents lots of challenges and he’s particularly enjoying getting to know everyone. And although he doesn’t have much spare time, Doctor Cheema enjoys spending it with his wife – who is also a doctor – and his two young children at their home in Glasgow’s south side.
As well as walking and swimming, Doctor Cheema also tries to find time to relax and read, watch TV or go to the cinema – most recently to see the new Star Wars movie.
He’s also a music fan of classical and traditional music from Pakistan and recommends Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as a singer representing a broad range of musical styles from his home country.