As an adult geriatric nurse practitioner, Nikki Anderson’s goal is to always provide the best possible care and to improve the quality of life of her patients. After working at the Fairview Clinic in North Branch for several years, Nikki is excited to bring her experience and expertise to her hometown as she begins seeing patients at Fairview Clinics – Pine City.
Anyone who already knows Nikki she loves to run. It is a personal passion, but also one she shares with her patients to help them meet their own personal and health goals. Below she opens up about her love for running – and how exercise can help others improve their own health as well.
Q.Tell us about your running background.
A. In the summer running is one of my favorite hobbies. I’ve completed 7 marathons and over a dozen half marathon and under races, including Grandma’s half marathon this past June. I’m focusing now on taking part in my first Ragnar relay this fall. It’s a race where 12 team members take turns running a 200 mile course from Winona to Minneapolis, day and night.
Q. Why is running or walking beneficial to your health?
A. Exercise! It is one of the only interventions we can use to prevent and treat SO many diseases and promote overall well-being! There really are so many health benefits. Exercise can help in preventing a number of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes. Exercise also helps:
Q. Why are you passionate about running?
A. Running is my stress reliever. As a busy mom of two, I find that running gives me my “me time.” It also helps me stay fit and healthy. In addition, I tend to do better when I have a goal such as completing a certain race or running within a certain time, so running keeps me on track.
Q. Can you remember a time when running or exercise helped your patient’s treatment?
A. One of my favorite memories as a nurse practitioner is with a patient who was just diagnosed with diabetes. I teamed up with our wonderful diabetic educator and coached this patient on how to control her diabetes with diet and exercise alone. It was a great feeling when she was sitting in my exam room and was able to give her the results of her labs and celebrate her success.
Q. What advice would you give to a patient who is planning on starting their running journey; whether it’s training for a marathon, 5k or just for fun?
A. Everyone has to start somewhere. Set a small goal and work from there. Find something that you are passionate about and that fits into your life. Running is just one of the many exercises that can help improve your overall health and well-being.
Learn more or make an appointment
If you’re interested in making an appointment with Nikki Anderson, NP, or any members of our team at Fairview Clinics – Pine City, just call 320-629-6721. You also can view Nikki’s information and meet the rest of our team online at fairview.org/PineCity.