Name: Dr. Travis Stork
Claim to fame: America may have been introduced to Dr. Travis Stork on ABC’s The Bachelor, but that doesn’t mean that the board-certified emergency medicine physician is all flash and no substance. On the contrary: Stork proves every Monday through Friday via his turn as a co-host on The Doctors that he’s kind of MD we could all use on our team. Practical and personable, the Midwest-raised Stork has the manner of a winning coach, inspiring and challenging his patients to be the healthiest they can be. Stork, recently married to Dr. Charlotte Brown, a pediatrician, appeared regularly on Dr. Phil as a medical expert prior to being cast on The Doctors when it debuted in 2008. In addition to his work on the show, the good doctor is still a practicing ER physician, and is author of The Lean Belly Prescription and The Doctor Is In: A 7-Step Prescription for Optimal Wellness. The Doctors, entering its fifth season in September 2012, won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show/Informative, and Stork and his co-hosts on The Doctors received Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Talk Show Host” in 2011 and 2012.
Health philosophy: “Be the CEO of your own health.”
Favorite workout: Mountain and road biking, whitewater kayaking and hiking.
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Motivational trick: “Tempt yourself with the healthy stuff. I try to find foods that are not only healthy, but that I also enjoy. If everything in life feels like a sacrifice or work when it comes to your health, you’ll eventually fall off the wagon. For me, if I’m exercising, I want to have a smile on my face. Intensity is nice sometimes, but consistency is more important to me than anything else at this point.”
Favorite healthy dish: Black beans with brown rice, salsa and avocadoes; whole-wheat crust veggie pizza (he calls pizza a “vegetable delivery system”).
Secret weapon: Little things mean a lot: “Even if you exercise at the gym an hour a day, every single day, it’s those additional 23 hours that matter the most—those simple decisions you make over the course of the day.”
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