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HNHN Domains

Physical Activity Commitments
Quality of Life Commitments
Safety Commitments
Rest Commitments
Nutrition Commitments
This is a discussion on the various topics covered by ANA's Year of the Healthy Nurse .  We will explore nurse health, safety, and wellness issues and resources which include the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Grand Challenge's five domains.
Your safety matters. This domain covers a wide range of topics - from staying alert at the wheel to safe patient handling and mobility.
Rest breaks and healthy sleep are not only restorative - but are key to your health and to providing safe patient care. This domain addresses strategies and guidelins for restorative sleep, workplace breaks and napping, and managing shift work.
Your life is full and your work is often stressful. This domain focuses on the elements that improve the quality of your life: including resiliency and preventing burnout, financial health, restoring joy, and achieving a positive work/life balance.
Nurses are often on their feet all day but fall short of recommended national guidelines for physical exercise. This domain includes strategies for overcoming barriers for guidelines and meeting exercise guidelines.
It isn't easy to find time for healthy eating. One average, nurses consume less fruits, veggies, and whole grains than other Americans. This domain covers recommended guidelines for dietary health, managing diet at work, and overcoming barriers to nutrition.

Recent Comments

I will commit to making exercise a priority  30 minutes of exercise 3-5 days a week. I also commit to making healthier food choices. Cutting back on sweets and adding in more fruits and vegetables. I commit to working towards my goal weight, sleeping at least 7 hours a day and becoming a healthier and happier and energetic person.
Challenge accepted!
We all need more positive self-talk in our lives!! #loveyourself
Eat healthier and exercise at  least 3-4 times per week

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