The American Nurses Association (ANA) has declared that 2017 will be the Year of the Healthy Nurse. Each month, the ANA will promote specific wellness issues that relate to nursing professionals and people in general.
“ANA defines a healthy nurse as someone who actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, personal, and professional wellbeing.”
Nurses are encouraged to bookmark the Year of the Healthy Nurse web page to stay informed of the monthly focus topics, access resources, recipes, and event activities. In addition, there are health surveys to participate in and a Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge. With the United States currently facing an obesity epidemic, our nation’s more than 3.6 million nurses, can be a role model to everyone by choosing nutritious foods, managing stress, being physically active and living tobacco free. Annually, our nursing professionals rank at the top of the most trusted professions list, and who better to lead the effort to combat obesity.
Sign up for the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ to receive timely emails and information about how you can help those around you to lead a healthier life. Some of the topics to be covered throughout this Year of the Healthy Nurse are Worker Wellness and Well-Being, Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition, Combatting Stress, Women’s Health and Fitness, Men’s Health and Cancer Awareness, Healthy Sleep, Work-Life Balance and much more.
Stay tuned to this space as we will promote and share information about each of these monthly initiatives to offer you, our reader, another resource in achieving the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ initiative. For now, Registered Nurses are encouraged to enter the Grand Challenge and participate in the wellness activities.
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