My Healthy Self: Mary Murphy, DO, MPH, MHA

My Healthy Self: Mary Murphy, DO, MPH, MHA

We’re all on a daily journey for a healthier lifestyle. Whether that means eating healthier, working out or relaxing, taking care of yourself should be a priority. No one knows that better than physicians and health care providers.

Find out what members of our Marshall Health community do in their daily lives and use it as motivation to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Mary Murphy, DO, MPH, MHA, shares some of her healthy habits with us.


What is your go-to healthy breakfast?
My go-to healthy breakfast is steel-cut oatmeal and soy milk to drink. The oatmeal is heart-healthy and sticks with you. The soy milk is a great source of calcium and protein.

What is your favorite type of exercise?
Rowing on a concept 2 rowing machine. It is a total body workout that is “no impact,” so it doesn’t stress the joints.

What keeps you motivated during a workout?
Listening to upbeat music on my iPod or watching the news keeps me interested and entertained during my workout.

What activities do you do when you can’t fit a full workout in your schedule?
I always try to walk as much as possible. In my opinion, taking the stairs or parking further out in a parking lot is exercise you can easily build into your day.

What is your favorite healthy snack?
My favorite healthy snack is fresh fruit or vegetables.

What hobbies help you relax?
I love to play my bagpipes. Playing an instrument is both fun and relaxing, and music is something you can always share with others.

What is the #1 health tip you live by?
I always think “everything in moderation” and strive to find that happy medium in whatever I’m doing. Avoiding extremes seems to work well for me.

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Mary Murphy, DO, MPH, MHA

Dr. Murphy is a board-certified family medicine physician and a professor in the department of family & community health at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She specializes in occupational medicine.