The American Nurses Association (ANA) declared this year, 2017, the Year of the Healthy Nurse and 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 well being.”

If you read our July/Aug. HMA Today, you would know how to get signed up for this great challenge that helps you focus on your own health.  ANA is doing a great job of providing emails with resources and information to help you along the way.  One of those is this most recent 10 day challenge – 5 for 10 Fruit & Veggie Challenge.  It is meant to inspire you to meet your goals. When you sign up you will receive:

  • clever tips to help you eat more fruits and veggies delivered directly to your email
  • give and get support from fellow nurses taking part in the challenge
  • make a commitment publicly to inspire you to honor your pledge
  • get fun, flavorful recipes that use fruits and vegetables as the star ingredients

If you are not signed up for the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Grand Challenge, read the article below that was sent in our last HMA today, then use the link to sign up today. Don’t forget to mark Health Ministries Association as your organization. To read more on this specific challenge go to the Health Nurse, Healthy Nation 5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie Challenge.

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) declared this year, 2017, the Year of the Healthy Nurse and 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 well being.”

The ANA has created the Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Grand Challenge which focuses on 5 areas:  physical activity, nutrition, rest, quality of life, and safety.  Health Ministries Association has joined the challenge as an organization.  You can join as an individual (be sure to select Health Ministries Association in the organization list when you register) at http://www.healthynursehealthynation.org

After you register, complete the health assessment survey and then you’ll learn about your health risks.  From there, you can select the focus area(s) most pertinent to you, make a commitment, and participate in health challenges.  The program also offers opportunities for you to connect with others, give/receive advice and support, and maintain your motivation to be a healthy nurse.  Repeating the survey annually will help track your efforts and success.

As a partner with the Program, HMA will receive status reports (if we have at least 25 participants) so we can compare nurses in our specialty to other areas of practice.  I was surprised to learn that nurses are less healthy than the average American.  Does this surprise you too?  Apparently, nurses are more likely to be overweight, have higher levels of stress, and get less sleep.  Yikes!  What happened to self-care?

When HMA registered as a partner organization for the Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Grand Challenge, we declared that our members cannot be fully engaged in providing quality services and care for others without being attentive to their own health.  HMA is committed to encouraging our membership to evaluate their own health in the categories of physical activity, nutrition, rest, quality of life, and safety.

Let’s make 2017 the start of our journey for becoming healthier as individuals and as a profession dedicated to improving the health of our communities!

I’ll keep you updated as I learn more!  But, first, take time to register and complete the survey at the website listed previously so we can see how our specialty compares to other areas of nursing!

Felicia Stewart DNP, FNP-C, RN-BC HMA Director of Practice and Education