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  • Get your hands dirty this weekend!
    Get your hands dirty this weekend!
    Welcome to day 5 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana ! You may be wondering, what does dirt have to do with mindful movement?  Gardening has multiple mental health benefits . It’s been shown to: Reduce stress Boost mood Help addiction recovery Foster human connections Improve memory Whether it’s planting something, weeding ... more
  • Try Movement Meditation
    Try Movement Meditation
    Welcome to day 4 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana! When most people think of meditation, they think of stillness. But there is such a thing as meditation that relaxes the mind while moving the body — it’s called qigong (pronounced chee-gong), which literally translates to “energy work.” In this Asian form of yoga, specialized ... more
  • Work Out With A Friend
    Work Out With A Friend
    Welcome to day 3 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana! There’s something calming about knowing you’re not alone. Maybe it’s the sense of camaraderie, or the reassurance that someone else understands what you’re going through (because they’re going through it, too.) Either way, research shows that social connections help improve ... more
  • Decompress With A Walk Through Nature
    Decompress With A Walk Through Nature
    Welcome to day 2 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana! You already know that movement is good for mental health. But did you know that being outside can also boost your mood ? Why not combine both benefits into one mood-boosting nature walk? Find a nearby trail with this search tool called All Trails . Grab a loved one, a good pair of walking ... more
  • Get Your Stretch On!
    Get Your Stretch On!
    Welcome to day 1 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana! You know how when you wake up (before getting out of bed), your body naturally stretches without thinking twice? It feels good to “wake up” your muscles after a full night’s rest. Stretching is healthy and beneficial for the body (and mind). It can help reduce body aches, keep you ... more
  • Set Some Rules (And Stick To Them!)
    Set Some Rules (And Stick To Them!)
      Congratulations on finishing the Hydration for Health Challenge! After 10 days of fueling your body with the fluids it needs, we hope you’re feeling energized, refreshed, and healthy. We’ve got one more daily challenge for you to tackle, but we hope you continue prioritizing hydration once you’ve completed it. Today, it’s time to set some ground ... more
  • Keep It Convenient
    Keep It Convenient
    You’re probably more likely to stick to something if it’s easy. Staying hydrated is no different. If you have to go out of your way to access water all the time, you’re probably less likely to do so. But if you have plenty of water an arm’s length away, there’s no excuse not to take a swig. Make your life more convenient by filling up a bunch of bottles with fresh ... more
  • Make A Smoothie
    Make A Smoothie
    Remember yesterday when we recommended you incorporate more hydrating foods into your diet? Today's tip builds on that by turning water-rich foods into a delicious smoothie. In the hot summer months, smoothies are a refreshing way to cool off. When you add healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables to your smoothie, you’re also filling your body with ... more
  • Hydrate Through Foods
    Hydrate Through Foods
    Hydration isn’t only about drinks. As we mentioned previously in this challenge, 20% of your daily fluid intake likely comes from the foods you eat, while the other 80% comes from water and other liquids. If you’re strategic about the foods you eat, however, you can increase your hydration at snack and mealtimes. Delicious fruits and vegetables often ... more
  • Infuse Your Water
    Infuse Your Water
    What if your water could look and taste like a summertime treat? When you infuse water with different fruits, vegetables, and herbs, it can. BONUS: Adding these flavorful ingredients to your water is lower calorie and much healthier than guzzling a soda or sports drink. You’ll get the hydration you need without all the excess ingredients. Tonight, ... more
  • Friendly Competition Anyone?
    Friendly Competition Anyone?
    If you’re having trouble getting the right amount of fluids your body needs each day, try increase the fun by challenging a coworker, neighbor, friend or loved one. It will help you get the job done AND who doesn’t love a little competition? Get started this weekend! See who can finish their recommended daily fluid intake the most days in a row. Try to ... more
  • Turn To Technology
    Turn To Technology
    In 2021, we have so many tools at our disposal to help us stay healthy. Why not take advantage of them? When it comes to hydration, there are options for using technology in your favor. First, consider downloading an app on your phone to help you track your fluid intake throughout the day. Free hydration apps are popular choices to help you keep tabs on your ... more
  • Find The Fizz You Crave
    Find The Fizz You Crave
      Sometimes water can feel flavorless and flat. Which can make opting for sodas seem like a better option. While these fizzy drinks are delicious and do contain water, drinking sodas on a regular basis means tons of extra sugar (and calories) your body doesn’t need. Did you know the average 12-ounce serving of cola has 10 ¼ teaspoons of sugar? Root beer ... more
  • Ice Ice Baby!
    Ice Ice Baby!
      During the summer, there’s something special about a frozen treat. Ice is an easy, alternative way to hydrate yourself if cold water isn’t cutting it. Grab yourself a BIG cup of ice and chew or suck on the ice throughout the day. Crunching on ice pieces can also satiate yourself and eliminates excess calories that come from boredom ... more
  • Start Your Day Strong!
    Start Your Day Strong!
    Welcome to day 1 of our Hydration Challenge. Habits form on average anywhere from 18 to 254 days after starting. Throughout this challenge and beyond, keep starting your day with water. Over time, this healthy routine will become automatic, and you’ll find it easier to get the recommended amount of fluid intake each day. The key to getting enough fluids ... more
  • Keep your eyes open
    Keep your eyes open
    Welcome to day 10 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! Congrats on finishing the #healthynurse Step Up & Reconnect Challenge, Part 2! While our 10-day challenge has come to an end, your new routine of going on walks/runs with renewed perspective doesn’t have to. Continue to challenge yourself to turn off technology and notice more of ... more
  • Look For Someone Like You
    Look For Someone Like You
    Welcome to day 9 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! You are not alone. Thousands of other people are working hard to take better care of themselves, get enough exercise, and eat healthier. If you open your eyes, you’ll see that they’re all around you. That’s why today’s scavenger hunt item is to look for another person who is out for a ... more
  • Have A Playout!
    Have A Playout!
    Welcome to day 8 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! When you were a child, did you love to ride your bike to the nearest park? Or maybe a family member would drive you to a playground for some time outside. There’s something nostalgic and carefree about a big, colorful playground plopped in the middle of a grassy park. Today’s scavenger ... more
  • Spy A Fruit Tree
    Spy A Fruit Tree
    Welcome to day 7 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! Summer is the prime time for fruits of all types. And we don’t have to get into the specifics of why fruits are so good for you — we’re sure you already know that. But both are good reasons for making today’s scavenger hunt about fruit trees. As you get your steps in, keep your eyes peeled ... more
  • Bring A Buddy
    Bring A Buddy
    Welcome to day 6 of the   Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! Part of this challenge is about steps, and the other part is about reconnecting. Today’s focus is on both. Invite a friend or family member along for your walk/jog and use the time to catch up. BONUS: It’s even better if it’s someone you haven’t seen in a while. Research shows that ... more
  • Spot A Blue-colored Bird
    Spot A Blue-colored Bird
    Welcome to day 5 of the   Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! On Day 2 of this challenge, we encouraged you to look for wildlife that didn’t include birds. Today, we want you to zone in on our aviary friends, but specifically look for a blue one. This can be anything from a: Thrush Blue jay Mountain bluebird Songbird Indigo bunting ... more
  • Capture A Flag
    Capture A Flag
    Welcome to day 4 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! Remember the classic childhood game called capture the flag? Today, let’s get into that same kind of mindset during your walk or jog. While you don’t have to physically “capture” it, we’re on the hunt for a flag. Summer is a patriotic time of year since Independence Day falls right in ... more
  •  Appreciate Architecture
    Appreciate Architecture
    Welcome to day 3 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! Do you have a walking route you love because of the beautiful buildings and houses? Is there a particular piece of architecture that wows you? Today is the day to find it, document it, and share it with us.  Whether you love that Victorian house on the edge of town, the mysterious Tudor ... more
  • Welcome The Wildlife!
    Welcome The Wildlife!
    Welcome to day 2 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana! Explore nature during your walk today! Keep a lookout for any kind of wildlife. We’re talking about non-domesticated animals, so cats and dogs don’t count. Of course you’ll see birds, but let’s go broader. What about squirrels, chipmunks, deer, beavers, or wild turkeys? ... more
  • Find Your Favorite Flower
    Find Your Favorite Flower
    Welcome to day 1 of the Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana! The more steps people walk, the better their health. Studies prove that taking more steps  increases lifespan  and  improves mental health . Yet why is it so hard to get “enough” steps in each day? And what can we do to better motivate ourselves, especially in the long run?  ... more
  • Make it last
    Make it last
    Today is the last day of the  Decompress – Where’s Your Happy Place? powered by Compass One ! You’ve gifted yourself with precious “me time” each day for over a week. We hope that over the past 9 days, you’ve enjoyed making yourself a priority for a pocket of time each day. While we’ve reached the end of the challenge, your intentional “me time” doesn’t ... more
  • Unleash Your Creative Side
    Unleash Your Creative Side
    Welcome to day 9 of the  Decompress – Where’s Your Happy Place? powered by Compass One The past year of the pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health. Throughout times of stress, we need opportunities to unwind and express ourselves through creative outlets. In fact, research from Cleveland Clinic found that creativity helps those who’ve ... more
  • Give Back
    Give Back
    Welcome to day 8 of the  Decompress – Where’s Your Happy Place? powered by Compass One There’s something refreshing and rejuvenating about selfless acts of kindness. When you do something for others without expecting anything in return, you’re bound to feel good about yourself. Scheduling volunteer time as your “me time” is the perfect way to make a ... more
  • Learn Or Do Something New
    Learn Or Do Something New
    Welcome to day 7 of the  Decompress – Where’s Your Happy Place? powered by Compass One Want to make your “me time” more exciting? Why not learn something new? It’s easy (and comfortable) to get stuck in a routine. But a routine doesn’t push you out of your comfort zone — change does. Discovering how to do something new is good for your brain — studies have ... more
  • Get Some Extra Zzzz’s
    Get Some Extra Zzzz’s
    Welcome to day 6 of the  Decompress – Where’s Your Happy Place? powered by Compass One If you’re like the average nurse, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. Our HealthyNurse® Survey found that nurses sleep an average of 7 hours per night, and the National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours. If you’re not getting the sleep you need, you might be ... more
  • Get Active
    Get Active
    Welcome to day 5 of the  Decompress – Where’s Your Happy Place? powered by Compass One Every day should include some type of physical activity — you already know this. But in the chaos of daily life, it’s easy to go days (or even longer) without exercising. Give yourself grace and shoo away any guilt you may be feeling — it happens to the best of us. Starting ... more
  • Do Some (fun) Reading
    Do Some (fun) Reading
    Welcome to day 4 of the  Decompress – Where’s Your Happy Place? powered by Compass One Thinking about cracking open a book, but haven’t gotten around to it lately? Today’s the day. Commit 15 to 30 minutes to do some recreational reading, whether it’s a book, magazine, favorite online blog (pick us, pick us!), or something else. Multiple studies have ... more
  • Get Your Hands Dirty…in The Garden
    Get Your Hands Dirty…in The Garden
    Welcome to day 3 of the  Decompress – Where’s Your Happy Place? powered by Compass One The weather is warmer, the sun is shining, and the grass is green. It’s the perfect time of year to get outside and plant something. Did you know that planting and gardening benefits both your physical and mental health? It’s known to: Boost your mood Strengthen your ... more
  • Act Like A Kid Again
    Act Like A Kid Again
    Welcome to day 2 of the  Decompress – Where’s Your Happy Place? powered by Compass One Most days we wake up and brace for the day ahead. Do you sometimes find yourself yearning for and reminiscing about the carefree days of childhood, when you could just play all day? It’s time to escape adulthood and go back to feeling like a kid — just for a little while. Do ... more
  • Seek Solitude
    Seek Solitude
    Welcome to day 1 of the  Decompress – Where’s Your Happy Place? powered by Compass One Being alone helps you know yourself. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you’re constantly surrounded by other people — patients, coworkers, friends, and family members. Even if you work from home because of the pandemic, you may not be alone — your kids may be ... more
  • Take It Forward!
    Take It Forward!
    Congratulations, you made it to the end of the  Show Yourself Kindness challenge, powered by CeraVe ! How are you feeling? We hope you have implemented the past 10 days’ worth of tips and are noticing positive changes. Just because the challenge has come to a close, your self-compassion journey doesn’t have to end today. Now that you have the tools to be ... more
  • Keep Stepping Up
    Keep Stepping Up
    Step Up & Reconnect challenge, powered by Humana We hope after 10 days of this #healthynurse Step Up and Reconnect Challenge, you’re feeling energized and socialized. You’ve been incorporating movement and quality time with loved ones into your daily routine, and it’s bound to have positive effects on your health. Use today to segue into a new chapter ... more
  • Plant Something
    Plant Something
    Step Up & Reconnect challenge, powered by Humana It’s that time of year: The season of gardening! Spending time outside planting greenery is so good for your physical and mental health . It can: Boost mood Build strength in your bones and muscles Foster human connections Help fight disease Improve memory Lower stress Reduce anxiety Before you ... more
  • Be Inefficient
    Be Inefficient
    Step Up & Reconnect challenge, powered by Humana That’s right — you read that correctly. Today, we’re asking you to lower your efficiency when it comes to necessary activities like bringing in the groceries or taking out the trash. Instead of loading your arms with as many grocery bags or trash bags as you can hold, aim for multiple trips. Think about how ... more
  • Start A Jumping Jack Challenge
    Start A Jumping Jack Challenge
    Step Up & Reconnect challenge, powered by Humana Want to quickly get some extra steps in? Set an alarm on your phone or watch for the top of the hour (each hour) and when it goes off, do jumping jacks for 30 seconds. This heart-pumping exercise works your glutes, adductors, and calves — and it’s easy to do almost anywhere. Follow these steps to ensure proper ... more
  • Take Your Online Workout Class Outdoors
    Take Your Online Workout Class Outdoors
    Step Up & Reconnect challenge, powered by Humana! Ever since the pandemic started and gyms closed, many people started doing online workouts at home. Even after gyms opened back up, some stayed home to exercise. If that’s you, keep yourself from getting stagnant by taking your online exercise outdoors. Take your laptop, tablet, or mobile device out ... more
  • Try A Playout
    Try A Playout
    Step Up & Reconnect challenge, powered by Humana! A playout is a unique (and entertaining) way to use the environment around you to meet your exercise goals. The purpose of a playout is to combine multiple movement patterns to overcome an obstacle, like a large hill, park bench, or playground slide. Playouts are fun because you decide what you make it — ... more
  • Add intervals to your walking or running route
    Add intervals to your walking or running route
    Step Up & Reconnect challenge, powered by Humana! Who says you should do the same ol’ thing every time you go for a walk or run? Today, let’s keep it interesting by adding some variety. Instead of simply walking or jogging (or a combination of the two), add some extra physical exertion into your routine. For example, if you normally only walk, add 30 seconds ... more
  • Try Forest Bathing
    Try Forest Bathing
    Step Up & Reconnect challenge, powered by Humana! Did you know being in nature can   boost immunity while  lowering stress levels and improving mood ? Forest bathing , a type of outdoor meditation, is the perfect way to slow down while taking in the beauty nature offers. It’s good for both your body and mind. Grab a friend and find a good walking trail in the ... more
  • Incorporate Mini Exercises Into Your Workday
    Incorporate Mini Exercises Into Your Workday
    Step Up & Reconnect challenge, powered by Humana! Your breaks are valuable to you, so it’s important to use them wisely. Instead of scrolling through social media or eating a candy bar, spend one to two minutes doing one of these exercises: Standing push-ups at a desk or nurse’s station Calf raises Jogging in place Lunges or squats Standing ... more
  • Explore Nature With A Hike/walk
    Explore Nature With A Hike/walk
    Welcome to the Step Up & Reconnect challenge, powered by Humana! No matter where you live, there’s bound to be a scenic place that exposes you to fresh air, sunshine, and maybe some nature. As we kick off Day 1 of this challenge, find a new hiking trail or place to go for a walk outside today. Not sure how to find a good trail? Use this search tool called All ... more
  • Make Yourself A Priority
    Make Yourself A Priority
    When you think about your to-do list, are you on it? You might put yourself toward the bottom, or forget to add yourself completely. Sometimes it might seem as if everyone else is on your list except for you.   You deserve dedicated time to focus on yourself each day, especially during National Nurses Week!  Find a time that you know you ... more
  • Try Self-compassion journaling
    Try Self-compassion journaling
    Throughout our  Show Yourself Kindness challenge, powered by CeraVe , you’ve been building a better understanding of your inner voice. Now think of journaling as having a relationship with that inner voice.   Sometimes your inner voice becomes hypercritical or starts to weigh you down. During those times, it can be harder to give yourself ... more
  • Do A Guided Meditation For Caregiver
    Do A Guided Meditation For Caregiver
    We hope you’ve been more cognizant of your inner voice over during the  Show Yourself Kindness challenge, powered by CeraVe .  It is time to take it one step further with meditation. Sometimes we need to turn inward more. Today is one of those days. When you meditate, you turn your mind away from distracting thoughts and focus on the present ... more
  • Create Your Own Self-compassion Mantra
    Create Your Own Self-compassion Mantra
    Welcome to week 2 of the  Show Yourself Kindness challenge, powered by CeraVe .  Do you have a saying or quote you repeat in your head that keeps you motivated? That’s a mantra, and it’s a fantastic tool to use in moments when you could use some self-compassion.  Self-compassion expert  Kristin Neff, PhD,  says these “memorized phrases [can ... more
  • Give Thanks
    Give Thanks
    Welcome to day 5 of the Show Yourself Kindness challenge, powered by CeraVe .  Congratulations — you’re halfway through! Gratitude helps build a more positive outlook, it creates a better environment for self-compassion. It’s a crucial ingredient for quieting your inner critic. Gratitude gives your inner voice the fuel it needs to speak kind, ... more
  • Check In With Yourself
    Check In With Yourself
    Welcome to day 4 of the Show Yourself Kindness challenge, powered by CeraVe . Now that you know what your inner critic sounds like and how to approach that harsh voice with care, it’s time to practice nurturing yourself.  Stop and check in with yourself by asking, “How am I feeling? What do I need in this moment?” Self-awareness is key.  Try this ... more
  • Treat Yourself Like A Friend
    Treat Yourself Like A Friend
    Welcome to day 3 of the Show Yourself Kindness challenge, powered by CeraVe . It’s normal to be tough on ourselves sometimes. We all have inner critics. But  studies show  that criticizing ourselves activates our “fight-or-flight” response, which creates stress hormones in our bodies.   Think about this: What would your closest friend say to ... more
  • Be More Mindful
    Be More Mindful
    Welcome to day 2 of the Show Yourself Kindness challenge, powered by CeraVe . The first step to having self-compassion involves recognizing when you need it most. This comes from mindfulness.   When you practice mindfulness, you focus on the present moment. That helps you better acknowledge emotions of all ... more
  • Turn Inward
    Turn Inward
    Welcome to day 1 of the Show Yourself Kindness challenge, powered by CeraVe . In order to cultivate true self-compassion, you have to give yourself permission to focus on you. Over the next 10 days, put yourself higher on your priority list, and don’t feel guilty about it. Keep reminding yourself (as many times as needed) what self-compassion is — ... more
  • Keep it going!
    Keep it going!
    Welcome to day 10 of the  Strengthen Your Immunity, powered by Compass One  challenge! Congratulations, you made it to the end of the Strengthen Your Immunity Challenge! How are you feeling? Hopefully if you implemented the past 10 days’ worth of tips, you’re noticing positive changes. Don’t stop there — the key is to keep practicing these tips every ... more
  • Improve Your Hygiene
    Improve Your Hygiene
      Welcome to day 9 of the  Strengthen Your Immunity, powered by Compass One  challenge! If you want to help your immune system, give it fewer opportunities to encounter germs.  We know, we know. Telling a nurse to practice hand hygiene is like preaching to the choir. During cold and flu season, it’s never a bad idea to spruce up even more.   After all, ... more
  • Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
    Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
      Welcome to day 8 of the  Strengthen Your Immunity, powered by Compass One  challenge! Our bodies are made of 60% water. And our skin, which is literally our body’s external barrier and protector, relies on proper hydration to be healthy and strong. When that barrier is weakened through dehydration, it opens the door for more germs and bacteria to ... more
  • Fill Up Your Tank
    Fill Up Your Tank
      Welcome to day 7 of the  Strengthen Your Immunity, powered by Compass One  challenge! As a nurse, you’re expected to give your time, energy, talents, and wisdom to others every day. But when do you refuel? Do you refuel as often as you should?  Today's the day.  Make it about YOU.  Why? Those who never take time for themselves are bound to  burnout  and ... more
  • Prevent Nutrient Deficiency
    Prevent Nutrient Deficiency
      Welcome to day 6 of the  Strengthen Your Immunity, powered by Compass One  challenge! You need adequate amounts of certain vitamins and minerals, like vitamins C and zinc, to have a strong immune system. You can get these nutrients naturally from healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds.   “You can get nutrition from a ... more
  •  Protect Your Gut
    Protect Your Gut
      Welcome to day 5 of the  Strengthen Your Immunity, powered by Compass One  challenge! Did you know a huge proportion of your immune system is in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract? There are cells in the lining of your stomach that excrete huge numbers of antibodies. That means you can, in fact, “boost” your immune system through your gut.  The key to ... more
  • Try These Immune-boosting Foods
    Try These Immune-boosting Foods
      Welcome to day 4 of the  Strengthen Your Immunity, powered by Compass One  challenge! Your immune system relies on what you eat and drink to keep it running smoothly. It uses the vitamins and minerals from your foods, so choose nutrient-dense foods that are lower in calories but higher in nutrition. Think unprocessed, plant-based, whole foods. The ... more
  • Book a peaceful moment with yourself
    Book a peaceful moment with yourself
      Welcome to day 3 of the  Strengthen Your Immunity, powered by Compass One  challenge!   If you are chronically stressed and anxious, do you find yourself getting sick more often? Stress weakens the immune system. There’s an undeniable connection between mental health and immune health .  When your mind is at peace, your body will be, too. Make sure to ... more
  • Focus On Quality Sleep
    Focus On Quality Sleep
      Welcome to day 2 of the  Strengthen Your Immunity, powered by Compass One  challenge! Getting plenty of sleep is SO important, but there’s another factor some people forget about: quality. You can get all of the sleep in the world, but if it’s not restful sleep, it’s not going to do what it’s supposed to do.   Healthy sleep can:  Improve productivity  ... more
  • We Know What You Are Doing Tonight!
    We Know What You Are Doing Tonight!
      Welcome to day 1 of the  Strengthen Your Immunity, powered by Compass One  challenge! Tonight we challenge you to find 30 minutes to exercise. What does exercise have to do with immune systems? A lot, actually. One recent study found that physical activity releases an anti-inflammatory response in the body, and increases circulation. This leads to ... more
  • 2021 HNHN Challenge Calendar
    2021 HNHN Challenge Calendar
    Take a look at our 2021 HNHN challenge calendar. We hope that it can help you plan related events throughout the year. Download the flyer below.   more
  • It’s OK To Indulge, But Be Mindful
    It’s OK To Indulge, But Be Mindful
    It's day 6 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge!  When out to eat, ordering takeout, or celebrating a special occasion, don’t feel guilty for treating  your self. Just keep one thing in mind — moderation. By taking control of  your  sweet tooth even for one day, you’re doing  your  body good.   So, if you get the temptation to go overboard with sweets, ... more
  • Make Your Voice Heard.
    Make Your Voice Heard.
    It’s day 10 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. On this last day of the challenge make your voice heard. Advocate! Advocate for enforceable safety standards and make safety from violence an advocacy priority.    Building a culture of safety with your colleagues and managers is the first and best approach to reducing the risk of violence at ... more
  • How Can You Contribute To A Positive & Respectful Work Environment?
    How Can You Contribute To A Positive & Respectful Work Environment?
    It’s day 9 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. Every nurse needs to be a role model for good behavior. Spreading kindness is simple. Say hello, make eye contact, or smile when a colleague passes by – and if you see a fellow nurse struggling, offer assistance.  Expressions of  gratitude  are always appreciated as well.    What are you doing to make your ... more
  • Help Others
    Help Others
    It’s day 8 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. Today, consider reaching out to coworkers who may be targets of bullying. Recent graduates or nurses in new positions, units, and work environments are more likely to be treated poorly. Make a point to welcome newcomers and come up with ways to help them feel like they’re part of the team. Sometimes shy or ... more
  • Are You Being Bullied?
    Are You Being Bullied?
    It’s day 7 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. If someone is bullying you, or making your work life difficult, speak up! If you feel prepared and well equipped, discuss your concerns with the person one-on-one (but in a safe, private place, free from interruptions). Stay calm, explain how you feel, and make a request for how you wish to be addressed. ... more
  • Do You Recognize These Behaviors?
    Do You Recognize These Behaviors?
    It’s day 6 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. Bullying is workplace violence too. To face bullying head on, you have to be able to name the issue and discuss it.     Understanding what bullying looks like can help you be aware of when it is going on in your workplace. Examples include:     Non-verbal innuendo  Verbal affront  Undermining ... more
  • Keep It Going
    Keep It Going
    It's day 10 of the Leveling Your A1C challenge, powered by support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare.  Congratulations, you made it to the end of the Leveling Your A1C Challenge! How are you feeling? If you’re able, note your blood sugar levels. Hopefully if you implemented the past 10 days’ worth of tips, you’re noticing ... more
  • Keeping Up A Positive Attitude?
    Keeping Up A Positive Attitude?
    It's day 9 of the Leveling Your A1C  challenge, powered by support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare.  Being positive is crucial for mental health — it can help you combat stress and difficult situations. This, in turn, helps keep your A1C normal. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping a positive attitude can ... more
  • Make More Time For Yourself
    Make More Time For Yourself
    It's day 8 of the Leveling Your A1C  challenge, powered by support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare.  You cannot pour from an empty cup. Yet as a nurse, you’re expected to pour from your cup every day.  It’s time to refill.  Make tonight all about YOU. Why? Those who never take time for themselves are bound to burnout and feel ... more
  • Get Quality Zzzzz’s
    Get Quality Zzzzz’s
    It's day 7 of the Leveling Your A1C  challenge, powered by support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare.  Did you know sleep can affect your blood sugar levels? Studies show that inefficient sleep worsens the body’s ability to break down glucose. Even just 6 hours of sleep loss can make your body use insulin less well. ... more
  • Get That Body Moving!
    Get That Body Moving!
    It's day 6 of the Leveling Your A1C  challenge, powered by support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare.  When you combine everything you’ve done over the past 5 days with exercise, you’re sure to see improvements to your A1C. Physical activity has a direct impact on blood sugar levels (for as long as 24 hours) after your ... more
  • Go Mediterranean
    Go Mediterranean
    It's day 5 of the Leveling Your A1C  challenge, powered by support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare.  Did you know the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes — and improve your A1C? Today is the perfect time to model your current food choices after one of the healthiest diets ... more
  • Sweeten your diet (the healthy way)
    Sweeten your diet (the healthy way)
    It's day 4 of the Leveling Your A1C  challenge, powered by support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare.  Not all sugars are equal. Natural sugars are always the better option compared to added sugars, which have calories but little nutrition. To level your A1C, you don’t have to cut out all sugars. But you should focus on ... more
  • Focus on eating behaviors
    Focus on eating behaviors
    It's day 3 of the Leveling Your A1C  challenge, powered by support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare.  Who says you can’t enjoy food while focusing on healthy blood sugar levels? You can — it’s all about establishing healthy eating habits: Eat slowly: Taking time to taste and enjoy your food helps you avoid going back for ... more
  • Control Your Carbs
    Control Your Carbs
    Welcome to day 2 of the Leveling Your A1C  challenge, powered by support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare.  One of the best ways you can maintain healthy blood sugar levels is by eating the right kind of carbohydrates . Carbs have a direct impact on glucose levels. When you eat foods with carbs, the body breaks them down ... more
  • Set Realistic Goals
    Set Realistic Goals
    Welcome to day 1 of the Leveling Your A1C  challenge, powered by support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare.   Before you begin any lifestyle changes, you should create a plan. And a key element for setting realistic goals? Taking time for self-awareness.  Designate a few minutes today to touch base with yourself. ... more
  • Plan An Active Adventure
    Plan An Active Adventure
    Welcome to day 10 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today is the last day of the challenge. Celebrate all of your hard work by planning a fun activity that makes you get outside and move.    Some ideas: Participate in a sport where you can social distance, such as golf, tennis, or playing a game of cornhole. Celebrate the ... more
  • Reach Your Zen
    Reach Your Zen
    Welcome to day 9 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. Tonight, try some yoga or a meditation to get your zen on. Not only can yoga routines help increase muscle tone, improve overall fitness, and strengthen your spine, but research suggests yoga can reduce anxiety and depression. Being a nurse during a pandemic is ... more
  • It’s Tabata time!
    It’s Tabata time!
    Welcome to day 8 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. Have you tried a Tabata workout yet? It’s a form of high-intensity interval training, which research suggests burns 25 to 30% more calories than standard resistance training. Tabata involves performing an exercise with as much exertion and speed as you can for 20 ... more
  • Get Fit In The Garden
    Get Fit In The Garden
    Welcome to day 7 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. Gardening works out more than your green thumb! The American Heart Association considers gardening to be moderate exercise. Plus, a recent study suggests that people who garden may have a stronger body image. They also have more appreciation for what their body can do ... more
  • Tone at home
    Tone at home
    Welcome to day 6 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. You don’t need fancy equipment or a home gym to get an intense workout. Use these items you likely already have handy: Use your own bodyweight to build your strength Transform a bath towel into an exercise machine Slide on paper plates for a strength and stability workout ... more
  • Take A Hike this weekend
    Take A Hike this weekend
    Welcome to day 4 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. Get outside and enjoy nature and fresh air while working out this weekend. If you’ve never hiked before, don’t be intimidated. Here’s a secret: Hiking is just walking , but on a trail or in the woods. Don’t have access to those? Take a walk in a park, by the beach, or through ... more
  • Ride On!
    Ride On!
    Welcome to day 5 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. Dust off your bike and get back in the saddle. Cycling is a low-impact workout that strengthens the leg and trunk muscles. If you don’t have a bike, many bike shops rent bicycles out for the day. Also, many cities and towns have bike-share programs. Most are still ... more
  • Take A Hike
    Take A Hike
    Welcome to day 4 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. Get outside and enjoy nature and fresh air while working out. If you’ve never hiked before, don’t be intimidated. Here’s a secret: Hiking is just walking , but on a trail or in the woods. Don’t have access to those? Take a walk in a park, by the beach, or through your ... more
  • Baby Steps Add Up!
    Baby Steps Add Up!
    Welcome to day 3 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. Some people get intimidated by the idea of working out. They think it involves wearing exercise clothes and sweating for a solid 30 minutes. If you’re in that camp, we have great news for you: Every movement you make is a step in the right direction! In fact, studies suggest ... more
  • Baby steps add up!
    Baby steps add up!
    Welcome to day 3 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. Some people get intimidated by the idea of working out. They think it involves wearing exercise clothes and sweating for a solid 30 minutes. If you’re in that camp, we have great news for you: Every movement you make is a step in the right direction! In fact, studies suggest ... more
  • Bust A Move
    Bust A Move
    Welcome to day 2 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. In-person Zumba classes may be on hold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your groove on! A simple (and fun!) way to burn calories and increase your heart rate is to put on your favorite tunes and dance around. Make it a family affair by getting your spouse or kids involved. ... more
  • Bust a move
    Bust a move
    Welcome to day 2 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. In-person Zumba classes may be on hold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your groove on! A simple (and fun!) way to burn calories and increase your heart rate is to put on your favorite tunes and dance around. Make it a family affair by getting your spouse or kids involved. ... more
  • Take Stock Of Your Activity
    Take Stock Of Your Activity
    Welcome to day 1 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. To start off this challenge, let’s identify pockets of your day where you’re already active and celebrate where you’re starting from. Do you walk your dog during the day? Walk or bike to work to avoid public transportation during the pandemic. Or do a quick stretch when ... more
  • Take Stock Of Your Activity
    Take Stock Of Your Activity
    Welcome to day 1 of the Back to Basics  challenge, powered by support from Humana. To start off this challenge, let’s identify pockets of your day where you’re already active and celebrate where you’re starting from. Do you walk your dog during the day? Walk or bike to work to avoid public transportation during the pandemic. Or do a quick stretch when ... more
  • Stay Resilient And Use Your Resources
    Stay Resilient And Use Your Resources
    Welcome to day 10 of the #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge. You’ve come so far on this nursing student wellness challenge — don’t stop now! Take some time today to think about how you can maintain the momentum from this challenge for the rest of the year. Consider becoming an HNHN Student Ambassador if you are interested in raising ... more
  • Get Involved Any Way You Can
    Get Involved Any Way You Can
    Welcome to day 9 of the #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge. Many student nurses are facing reduced clinical hours due to COVID-19. But remote learning and online simulations aren’t quite the same as hands-on training. Do some research to see if your local hospitals or nursing homes are accepting volunteer or paid help from ... more
  • Familiarize Yourself With The Code Of Ethics
    Familiarize Yourself With The Code Of Ethics
    Welcome to day 8 of the #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge. Nursing is a profession with ethics at its core. For a whopping 18 years in a row, polls show Americans rated nursing as the profession with the highest levels of honesty and integrity. While you’re training to learn all of the practical, educational, and medical matters of ... more
  • Embrace Your “newbie” Status
    Embrace Your “newbie” Status
    Welcome to day 7 of the #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge. It’s true that the transition from student to nurse is full of emotions. You may feel excitement and joy in conjunction with anxiety and uncertainty. Others may feel the same. In the Who's on Your Nurse Squad  tip last week we asked you to reach out to make connections with ... more
  • Tonight Make Time For Self-care
    Tonight Make Time For Self-care
    Welcome to day 3 of the #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge. You cannot take care of patients if you don’t first take care of yourself. That’s one of the ongoing themes of Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™, and a motto we hear often from HNHN participants. In fact,  Provision 5 of the Code of Ethics  for nurses states that, “The ... more
  • Keep Your Eye On The Prize!
    Keep Your Eye On The Prize!
    Welcome to day 6 of the #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge. While circumstances have changed, your end goal has not. You may have less in-person, peer-to-peer support, more distance learning, and online simulations replacing in-person trainings — but the NCLEX exam and your future as a nurse will arrive. To stay motivated, try ... more
  • Try A Meditation To Stress Less Tonight
    Try A Meditation To Stress Less Tonight
    Welcome to day 4 of the #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge. Nursing school is a convergence of new responsibilities, learning, training, studying, and impending deadlines. All of this translates to stress. Today (and every day), try to reduce your stress levels, no matter what circumstances you’re facing. Easier said than ... more
  • Seek Out Mentors
    Seek Out Mentors
    Welcome to day 2 of the #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge. Mentors will be valuable advisers and confidantes throughout your nursing career. A mentor doesn't have to be a faculty member. Consider developing a relationship with a fellow student who is ahead of you in nursing school, or an experienced RN. They can provide you with ... more
  • Who Is On Your Nurse Squad?
    Who Is On Your Nurse Squad?
    Congratulations on making it through the first week of the  #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge ! Thank you for participating!  We'd like to show you our gratitude and support by sending you a CeraVe #YourGratitudeisShowing giftpack!   Fill out this form using your school email address to receive your giftpack. AND now for ... more
  • You Are Resilient!
    You Are Resilient!
    Welcome to day 1 of the #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge . The COVID-19 pandemic, has complicated yet another semester. You will face challenges. Yet, each one you face will also prepare you to be a better nurse. The profession you’ve chosen involves solving new dilemmas daily and making thoughtful, sound decisions. Nurses are ... more
  • What's For Lunch?
    What's For Lunch?
    It's day 3 of the #GetFinanciallyFit challenge , powered by Prudential. It's hard to save when you have bills to pay and expenses that need to be managed. Sometimes it's even difficult trying to figure out which bills to pay off first, though with a good strategy, you can avoid excessive interest and reduce the amount you owe.  Prudential's Debt ... more
  • Win A CeraVe Gift Pack #healthynurse!
    Win A CeraVe Gift Pack #healthynurse!
    In the   #YourGratitudeisShowing challenge, powered by CeraVe  we have seen how sharing stories has been meaningful. We would love to hear more from you and highlight your stories! What does gratitude mean to you? Share your best #YourGratitudeisShowing  moment with us and win a  #healthynurse   CeraVe gift pack! *  How?  Send us an email or use the ... more
  • Keep Your Gratitude Practice Going!
    Keep Your Gratitude Practice Going!
    It is day 10 of the Your Gratitude is Showing!  challenge, powered by  CeraVe . You’ve come so far on this gratitude journey — don’t stop now! Take some time today to think about how you can maintain a grateful attitude the rest of the year. Here are a few ways to keep going: Put a gratitude list on a sticky note and put it on your bathroom mirror Keep your ... more
  • How Will You Keep Gratitude Going In Your Life?
    How Will You Keep Gratitude Going In Your Life?
    It is day 9 of the Your Gratitude is Showing!  challenge, powered by  CeraVe . We’re proud of you for focusing on gratitude during this challenge! It’s important to keep this practice going. Daily habits of gratitude can attract and maintain joy in your life  and happiness is a key to a life full of health and wellness. Habits take time to develop, but the ... more
  • Model Gratitude For Someone Today
    Model Gratitude For Someone Today
    It is day 8 of the Your Gratitude is Showing!  challenge, powered by  CeraVe . "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." – Maya Angelou Sometimes people are hesitant to be the first to do something. That’s especially true with random acts of kindness or ... more
  • What's Your Daily Gratitude Question?
    What's Your Daily Gratitude Question?
    It is day 7 of the Your Gratitude is Showing!  challenge, powered by  CeraVe . With so much going on in the world right now, it’s hard to focus on the good. Reminders can help. That’s what this challenge is designed to do: provide you with a daily tool to help you stay focused on what’s important. One such tool is Gratefulness.org’s Daily Questions. Every ... more
  • Play Gratitude Fill-in-the-blank
    Play Gratitude Fill-in-the-blank
    It is day 6 of the Your Gratitude is Showing!  challenge, powered by  CeraVe . “The root of joy is gratefulness.” – David Steindl-Rast Congratulations! You’re halfway done with this challenge! Let’s have some fun to celebrate. Get your mind in a joyful place by thinking more broadly. Take a few moments to answer these gratitude prompts with whatever ... more
  • Set An Alarm To Take An Appreciation Break Today
    Set An Alarm To Take An Appreciation Break Today
    It is day 5 of the Your Gratitude is Showing!  challenge, powered by  CeraVe . Being grateful isn’t just for when you wake up or right before you sleep. It’s an all-day (or at least an interspersed-throughout-the day) activity. Set a reminder today to remind yourself to pause, take a few moments, and make time for gratitude. Refer to day 2 of this ... more
  • Open Up To Others
    Open Up To Others
    Welcome to day 4 of the Your Gratitude is Showing!  challenge, powered by  CeraVe . Let’s spread more gratitude today. Encourage friends, family, or co-workers to share what they’re most thankful for. When talking with them start a conversation about what you’re thankful for. Then get the other person to share their appreciation, as well. Use these ... more
  • How Are You Recognizing Others?
    How Are You Recognizing Others?
    Welcome to day 3 of the Your Gratitude is Showing!  challenge, powered by  CeraVe . Recognizing nurses for a job well done keeps them pushing forward, especially in times of high-stress. That’s why it’s so crucial. Studies show   that meaningful recognition can renew a nurse’s commitment to their profession. How often do you recognize and show ... more
  • Try An Appreciation Exercise
    Try An Appreciation Exercise
    Welcome to day 2 of the Your Gratitude is Showing!  challenge, powered by  CeraVe . Appreciation and gratitude start from within. But with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to get distracted. Taking a few moments for an appreciation exercise can help settle the mind and promote a gracious attitude for the rest of the day. Try this ... more
  • Count Your Blessings — Literally!
    Count Your Blessings — Literally!
    Welcome to day 1 of the Your Gratitude is Showing!  challenge, powered by  CeraVe . With the current pandemic, we all have experienced loss, sadness, fear, and/or anxiety. But try thinking about the positive that has come out of this stressful time. For example, have you had more time with a loved one? Have you learned new recipes? Or felt appreciation ... more
  • Focus In
    Focus In
    Welcome to day 10 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . As you continue unlocking all your physical possibilities, equally important is keeping your mind healthy. Self-awareness is a key element to setting realistic goals and continuing your good work after this challenge is complete.  We encourage you to: ... more
  • Focus In
    Focus In
    Welcome to day 10 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . As you continue unlocking all your physical possibilities, equally important is keeping your mind healthy. Self-awareness is a key element to setting realistic goals and continuing your good work after this challenge is complete.  We encourage you to: ... more
  • Give back to your community while exercising. Volunteer.
    Give back to your community while exercising. Volunteer.
    Welcome to day 9 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . Staying active isn’t just exercising — it’s moving. And you can keep moving while making a difference. Consider volunteering. If you love animals, one idea is to volunteer for an animal shelter walking dogs. It gets you outside, keeps you moving, and allows you ... more
  • Give back to your community while exercising. Volunteer.
    Give back to your community while exercising. Volunteer.
    Welcome to day 9 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . Staying active isn’t just exercising — it’s moving. And you can keep moving while making a difference. Consider volunteering. If you love animals, one idea is to volunteer for an animal shelter walking dogs. It gets you outside, keeps you moving, and allows you ... more
  • Form A Cross-training Tribe
    Form A Cross-training Tribe
    Welcome to day 8 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . Add some excitement to your usual running or walking route. Variety keeps exercise from becoming stagnant and motivates you to keep going. Spice up your routine with body weight and standing exercises along your walking/jogging path. Follow these steps: Map ... more
  • Create And Participate In A Fitness Scavenger Hunt
    Create And Participate In A Fitness Scavenger Hunt
    Welcome to day 8 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . Add some excitement to your usual running or walking route. Variety keeps exercise from becoming stagnant and motivates you to keep going. Spice up your routine with body weight and standing exercises along your walking/jogging path. Follow these steps: Map ... more
  • Form A Cross-training Tribe
    Form A Cross-training Tribe
    Welcome to day 7 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . Join a local Facebook group centered around a common fitness interest, such as tennis, cycling, or swimming. This is the perfect way to meet new people while fostering your passion for your favorite form of exercise. Now take it a step further. Ask your new group ... more
  • Create and participate in a fitness scavenger hunt
    Create and participate in a fitness scavenger hunt
    Welcome to day 7 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . Join a local Facebook group centered around a common fitness interest, such as tennis, cycling, or swimming. This is the perfect way to meet new people while fostering your passion for your favorite form of exercise. Now take it a step further. Ask your new group ... more
  • Try Something That Scares You
    Try Something That Scares You
    Welcome to day 6 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . You’re halfway done with this challenge. Now it’s time to set the bar higher. The true focus of this challenge is doing something new while breaking through fear or other barriers that are holding you back. What are you doing differently this year to improve your ... more
  • Try Something That Scares You
    Try Something That Scares You
    Welcome to day 6 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . You’re halfway done with this challenge. Now it’s time to set the bar higher. The true focus of this challenge is doing something new while breaking through fear or other barriers that are holding you back. What are you doing differently this year to improve your ... more
  • Train for a 5K!
    Train for a 5K!
    Welcome to day 5 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . Training for a race or event is the perfect way to get out of your exercise comfort zone. A 5K, which is 3.1 miles long, is an ideal place to start. Whether you want to push yourself to run or want to complete a race walking, both are notable goals. There are multiple ... more
  • Train For A 5K
    Train For A 5K
    Welcome to day 5 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . Training for a race or event is the perfect way to get out of your exercise comfort zone. A 5K, which is 3.1 miles long, is an ideal place to start. Whether you want to push yourself to run or want to complete a race walking, both are notable goals. There are multiple ... more
  • Take Your Workout Outside
    Take Your Workout Outside
    Welcome to day 4 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . Feeling outdoorsy? No matter where you live, there’s probably areas nearby where you can hike, walk a trail, or stroll through the woods. Studies show that being in nature may boost immunity while  lowering stress levels and improving mood . For example: ... more
  • Take Your Workout Outside
    Take Your Workout Outside
    Welcome to day 4 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . Feeling outdoorsy? No matter where you live, there’s probably areas nearby where you can hike, walk a trail, or stroll through the woods. Studies show that being in nature may   boost immunity while  lowering stress levels and improving mood . For example: ... more
  • Join An Online Workout Class!
    Join An Online Workout Class!
    Welcome to day 3 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . With social distancing still encouraged, now is a great time to hop on the Internet workout bandwagon. Carve out a small space in your home, throw on some comfortable clothes, and experience something new. You can find tons of free (or paid) exercise classes ... more
  • Join An Online Workout Class!
    Join An Online Workout Class!
    Welcome to day 3 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . With social distancing still encouraged, now is a great time to hop on the Internet workout bandwagon. Carve out a small space in your home, throw on some comfortable clothes, and experience something new. You can find tons of free (or paid) exercise classes ... more
  • Get In The Water!
    Get In The Water!
    Welcome to day 2 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . There’s something refreshing about being in water, especially on a hot summer day. If you have access to a lake, pool, or other body of water — put on your swimsuit and hop in. According to the CDC, currently, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people ... more
  • Bust Out Of Your Comfort Zone
    Bust Out Of Your Comfort Zone
    Welcome to day 1 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . The first step to unlocking possibilities is to change your routine. Challenge your expectations and your body by safely pushing beyond your known limits. To begin, focus on increasing your endurance, especially if you exercise regularly. This will take you ... more
  • Get In The Water!
    Get In The Water!
    Welcome to day 2 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . There’s something refreshing about being in water, especially on a hot summer day. If you have access to a lake, pool, or other body of water — put on your swimsuit and hop in. According to the CDC, currently, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people ... more
  • Bust Out Of Your Comfort Zone
    Bust Out Of Your Comfort Zone
    Welcome to day 1 of the Possibilities Unlimited challenge, powered by support from Humana . The first step to unlocking possibilities is to change your routine. Challenge your expectations and your body by safely pushing beyond your known limits. To begin, focus on increasing your endurance, especially if you exercise regularly. This will take you ... more
  • Exercise For 30 Minutes Or Try A Meditation.
    Exercise For 30 Minutes Or Try A Meditation.
    Welcome to day 5 of the Your Best Sleep Yet! challenge, powered by support from Compass One Healthcare. You’re probably wondering, “What’s exercise doing in a sleep challenge?” Studies show that exercise helps many people fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Listen to your body — find a time of day and type of exercise that feels right for you. ... more
  • No Blue Light Before Bed
    No Blue Light Before Bed
    Welcome to day 4 of the Your Best Sleep Yet! challenge, powered by support from Compass One Healthcare. Proper use of light keeps your circadian rhythm in check. Every person’s behavioral, mental, and physical changes follow a daily cycle. Light affects it — sleeping at night and being awake during the day is one example of a light-related circadian ... more
  • Skip Alcoholic Beverages Close To Bedtime
    Skip Alcoholic Beverages Close To Bedtime
    Welcome to day 3 of the Your Best Sleep Yet! challenge, powered by support from Compass One Healthcare. Even though a glass of wine or beer may seem to help you fall asleep, it actually interferes with the quality of your sleep. Research shows that alcohol consumption blocks REM sleep — the most restorative phase of sleep. That means you’re more likely to ... more
  • Eat Sleep-friendly Foods
    Eat Sleep-friendly Foods
    Welcome to day 2 of the Your Best Sleep Yet! challenge, powered by support from Compass One Healthcare.   Sleep and diet intersect, with each influencing the other. The right food choices (and meal timing) help fuel your body with the nutrients needed for better — and more — sleep.  For example, high-fat, heavy foods slow digestion and can cause ... more
  • Make Your Bedroom A Sleep Sanctuary
    Make Your Bedroom A Sleep Sanctuary
    Welcome to day 1 of the Your Best Sleep Yet! challenge, powered by support from Compass One Healthcare. Over time, our brains learn to associate certain feelings with the places where they occurred. Feeling relaxed, happy, and carefree in your bedroom trains your body to associate those emotions with where you sleep. As much as possible, keep outside ... more
  • Practice Practice Practice!
    Practice Practice Practice!
    Welcome to day 5 of the Meditate & Recalibrate challenge , powered by support from Compass One Healthcare.   Thank you for completing this challenge! Meditation takes time to master. If you still feel uneasy with it, give yourself grace. Make a commitment to continue to practice meditation. It will help clear your thoughts, reduce stress, and ease ... more
  • Set A Timer & Relax
    Set A Timer & Relax
    Welcome to day 4 of the Meditate & Recalibrate challenge , powered by support from Compass One Healthcare.   The point of meditation is to either focus on one thought or mantra, or focus on nothing at all and just “be.” It’s not about how long you should meditate; it’s about slowing down and calming your mind. Tonight give yourself permission to stop ... more
  • Guide Your Mediation
    Guide Your Mediation
    Welcome to day 3 of the Meditate & Recalibrate challenge , powered by support from Compass One Healthcare.   Before we get started tonight take a look at this getting started video from our favorite app Headspace, meditation made simple. Once you are ready, try one of these guided meditations from Headspace here ! This form of meditation is directed by ... more
  • Breathe Easy To Settle Your Mind
    Breathe Easy To Settle Your Mind
    Welcome to day 2 of the Meditate & Recalibrate challenge , powered by support from Compass One Healthcare. Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to ... more
  • Choose A Quiet Place To Meditate
    Choose A Quiet Place To Meditate
    Welcome to day 1 of the Meditate & Recalibrate challenge , powered by support from Compass One Healthcare. As we get started in the challenge we want you to take some tonight to consider the right place to practice your meditations. Finding the right space will help you stick with your meditation practice.   Here are somethings to consider: The best place ... more
  • How Will You Keep Moving?
    How Will You Keep Moving?
    Congratulations, you made it to the end of the  Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana ! Take some time today to think about how you can continue to move your body the rest of the year. Here are a few ideas for your last day and beyond: Try a  squat challenge Stretch  every night before bed Walk around your home during television commercial ... more
  • How Will You Keep Moving?
    How Will You Keep Moving?
    Congratulations, you made it to the end of the  Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana ! Take some time today to think about how you can continue to move your body the rest of the year. Here are a few ideas for your last day and beyond: Try a  squat challenge Stretch  every night before bed Walk around your home during television commercial ... more
  • Do Some Standing Push-ups
    Do Some Standing Push-ups
    Today is day 9 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   Have a few seconds to spare between caring for patients? Use your desk or nurse’s station to do standing push-ups. Follow these steps: Stand about an arm’s length away from the desk, table, or nurse’s station Put your hands on the edge of the counter and lean forward Slowly push ... more
  • Do Some Standing Push-ups
    Do Some Standing Push-ups
    Today is day 9 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   Have a few seconds to spare between caring for patients? Use your desk or nurse’s station to do standing push-ups. Follow these steps: Stand about an arm’s length away from the desk, table, or nurse’s station Put your hands on the edge of the counter and lean forward Slowly push ... more
  • Make A Body Weight Routine Of Your Own
    Make A Body Weight Routine Of Your Own
    Today is day 8 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   Who says you need expensive equipment or even a pair of dumbbells to workout effectively? Your own body is the perfect workout tool. First, learn to do a few different body weight exercises, like these: Push ups Burpees Mountain climbers Walking lunges Donkey kicks Different ... more
  • Make A Body Weight Routine Of Your Own
    Make A Body Weight Routine Of Your Own
    Today is day 8 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   Who says you need expensive equipment or even a pair of dumbbells to workout effectively? Your own body is the perfect workout tool. First, learn to do a few different body weight exercises, like these: Push ups Burpees Mountain climbers Walking lunges Donkey kicks Different ... more
  • Switch It Up! Try A New Online Workout
    Switch It Up! Try A New Online Workout
    Today is day 7 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   Carve out a small space in your home, throw on some comfortable clothes, and plan to try something new this week! The Internet is chock-full of free, short workouts. Do a search tonight to see what you might like. YouTube is the perfect place to look. Not sure what to search for? Try one ... more
  • Switch It Up! Try A New Online Workout
    Switch It Up! Try A New Online Workout
    Today is day 7 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   Carve out a small space in your home, throw on some comfortable clothes, and try something new this week! The Internet is chock-full of free, short workouts. Do a search tonight to see what you might like. YouTube is the perfect place to look. Not sure what to search for? Try one of ... more
  • Incorporate Exercises Into Your Breaks
    Incorporate Exercises Into Your Breaks
    Today is day 6 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   Your breaks might be few and far between, but if you have a few minutes to spare, use them wisely. Instead of scrolling through social media on your phone or eating a candy bar, try one of these mini-exercises : Calf raises Hold a plank on your elbows or hands Jog in place Lunges or ... more
  • Incorporate Exercises Into Your Breaks
    Incorporate Exercises Into Your Breaks
    Today is day 6 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   Your breaks might be few and far between, but if you have a few minutes to spare, use them wisely. Instead of scrolling through social media on your phone or eating a candy bar, try one of these mini-exercises : Calf raises Hold a plank on your elbows or hands Jog in place Lunges or ... more
  • Start A Plank Challenge Tonight!
    Start A Plank Challenge Tonight!
    Today is day 5 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   Planks are a core-strengthening exercise that don’t require much time. Not only does this exercise work the muscles in your abdomen, it also strengthens your: Biceps Neck Shoulder muscles Legs Today, start day one of this plank challenge for beginners . Follow the below ... more
  • Start A Plank Challenge Tonight!
    Start A Plank Challenge Tonight!
    Today is day 5 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   Planks are a core-strengthening exercise that don’t require much time. Not only does this exercise work the muscles in your abdomen, it also strengthens your: Biceps Neck Shoulder muscles Legs Today, start day one of this plank challenge for beginners . Follow the below ... more
  • Stretch It Out Before Bed Tonight
    Stretch It Out Before Bed Tonight
    Today is day 4 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   When we’re stressed, we often hold tension in our necks, backs, and legs. The right stretches can help reduce or relieve that tension. Here are a few options: Upward stretch: Lace your fingers together and push your palms up towards the sky. Keep your arms straight and elongate your ... more
  • Stretch It Out Before Bed Tonight
    Stretch It Out Before Bed Tonight
    Today is day 4 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   When we’re stressed, we often hold tension in our necks, backs, and legs. The right stretches can help reduce or relieve that tension. Here are a few options: Upward stretch: Lace your fingers together and push your palms up towards the sky. Keep your arms straight and elongate your ... more
  • Dance It Out!
    Dance It Out!
    Today is day 3 of the Work (Out) From Home, powered by Humana !   The next time you hear your jam and can’t resist grooving to the music, smile while knowing you’re doing your body good. Dancing is a full body workout, and that means it benefits your : Cardiovascular health Flexibility, balance, and strength Mental health This is also the perfect ... more
  • Dance It Out!
    Dance It Out!
    Today is day 3 of the Work (Out) From Home, powered by Humana !   The next time you hear your jam and can’t resist grooving to the music, smile while knowing you’re doing your body good. Dancing is a full body workout, and that means it benefits your : Cardiovascular health Flexibility, balance, and strength Mental health This is also the perfect ... more
  • Make It A Standing Or Walking Meeting!
    Make It A Standing Or Walking Meeting!
    Today is day 2 of the Work (Out) From Home, powered by Humana !   Whether you work from home, an office, or a clinical setting, meetings are often unavoidable. Worst of all, they’re often sedentary. One way to make them more productive and active: Turn them into walking or standing meetings. The benefits to standing meetings aren’t just physical. They ... more
  • Make It A Standing Or Walking Meeting!
    Make It A Standing Or Walking Meeting!
    Today is day 2 of the Work (Out) From Home, powered by Humana !   Whether you work from home, an office, or a clinical setting, meetings are often unavoidable. Worst of all, they’re often sedentary. One way to make them more productive and active: Turn them into walking or standing meetings. The benefits to standing meetings aren’t just physical. They ... more
  • Up And Down Stairs Please
    Up And Down Stairs Please
    Today is day 1 of the Work (Out) From Home challenge, powered by Humana !   Ditch the elevator and opt for the stairs! How many times do you think you went up and down stairs today? Take a guess, and try to top it tomorrow. Revving up your heart rate, even just a little bit,  is healthy . It teaches your body to move oxygen and blood to your muscles more ... more
  • Up And Down Stairs Please
    Up And Down Stairs Please
    Today is day 1 of the Work (Out) From Home, powered by Humana !   Ditch the elevator and opt for the stairs! How many times do you think you went up and down stairs today? Take a guess, and try to top it tomorrow. Revving up your heart rate, even just a little bit,  is healthy . It teaches your body to move oxygen and blood to your muscles more efficiently. It ... more
  • CeraVe #healthynurse Giveaway Official Rules
    CeraVe #healthynurse Giveaway Official Rules
    Official Rules Summary of Contest:  The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Grand Challenge features monthly health challenges to engage nurses, including a ten day hydration challenge which will begin on May 6, 2020. ANA will select 200 participants who have entered to win an assortment of CeraVe products. Contest Period:   May 6, 2020 - May 31, ... more
  • How Do You Like Your Water?
    How Do You Like Your Water?
    Today is day 5 of the Hydration Challenge !   Do you know your favorite temp and type of water? Most people have a preference when it comes to drinking water. Some people like a refreshing ice-cold glass while others like their water bottle at room temperature or even slightly warm. You may have even liked flavoring your water with fruit on day 2 . Some ... more
  • Eat Water-Rich Fruits & Veggies
    Eat Water-Rich Fruits & Veggies
    How did you do in the  Hydration Challenge  over the weekend? Post your numbers  (in ounces)  in our challenge updates section here . Today's day 4 tip is to  eat water-rich fruits and veggies.  Many fruits and vegetables are close to 90 percent water. Include these types of high-water content produce in your meals or as snacks for added hydration:   ... more
  • Swap Your Soda!
    Swap Your Soda!
    It's day 3 of the Hydration Challenge !  If you love pop, carbonated water or seltzer may be one way to sip more water. Look for a seltzer without added sugar or  make your own . Consider substituting one can of soda per day with club soda or sparkling water instead. Is there a brand or amazing flavor of seltzer you prefer? Let us know which ones you try in ... more
  • Count Your Cups!
    Count Your Cups!
    Welcome to day 1 of our  Hydration Challenge .   Today's tip is to  count your cups .  Do you know how much water you drink in a typical day? When you examine how much you sip, you might be surprised.  Figure out how much you already drink and then over the course of the challenge strive to down a particular number of ounces each day to gradually increase it. ... more
  • Reflect On The Past 10 Days.
    Reflect On The Past 10 Days.
    It's day 10 of the Healthy Recipe Toolbox Challenge .   Our Healthy Recipe Toolbox challenge has come to an end! How did you do? More importantly, how do you feel? Give yourself kudos for spending extra time and energy on your nutrition over the past week and a half. You should be proud of yourself! But now the challenge really begins: It’s time to keep the ... more
  • Go Organic, Local And Sustainable
    Go Organic, Local And Sustainable
    It's day 9 of the Healthy Recipe Toolbox Challenge .   52% of consumers are buying more organic food and beverages than they did a year ago. Why? Not only are organic foods more accessible, most people believe they’re healthier and more flavorful than nonorganic foods. The difference between the two lies in the way they’re grown: Organic foods are not ... more
  • Reduce Your Food Waste
    Reduce Your Food Waste
    It's day 8 of the Healthy Recipe Toolbox Challenge .   70% of Americans think that global warming is a serious threat, and 68% are interested in how they can help their environment. One way is through sustainability. The food service industry is already moving toward sustainability, and you can too. When you shop for groceries and cook at home, opt for: ... more
  • Take A Break From Alcohol
    Take A Break From Alcohol
    It's day 7 of the Healthy Recipe Toolbox Challenge . Opting for mocktails instead of cocktails — either for the short term or long term — is becoming more popular. The movement is called “sober curious” or “sober sometimes,” and it takes “Dry January” or “Sober September” to a whole new level. Just remember that some mocktails are loaded with sugar, which ... more
  • Add More Plant-based Foods To Your Meals.
    Add More Plant-based Foods To Your Meals.
    It's day 6 of the Healthy Recipe Toolbox Challenge . Now that you’ve learned the health benefits of plant-based foods, make sure you’re eating enough of them:   Replace one animal-protein-heavy meal with a salad or veggies Spiralize zucchini or other vegetables to use in place of noodles Opt for non-dairy milk in your coffee, smoothie or breakfast ... more
  • How Much Of Your Diet Is Plant-based Foods?
    How Much Of Your Diet Is Plant-based Foods?
    It's day 5 of the Healthy Recipe Toolbox Challenge . More and more people are becoming flexitarians — meaning they only consume meat occasionally. But protein is an essential component of a healthy diet, which makes plant-based proteins all-the-more important. According to our research, 39% of people are actively trying to incorporate more ... more
  • Add To Your Snack Recipe Book
    Add To Your Snack Recipe Book
    It's day 4 of the Healthy Recipe Toolbox Challenge . Over the weekend be more intentional about adding more healthy snacks to your diet, especially during your work shifts. It’s important to keep your body fueled with small snacks throughout the day.   Choosing healthier options doesn’t have to be hard — use these tips to make the transition easy: Eat a ... more
  • Does Snacking Make Or Break Your Nutrition?
    Does Snacking Make Or Break Your Nutrition?
    It's day 3 of the Healthy Recipe Toolbox Challenge . There’s no doubt snacks make up a large part of our diets. And 53% of people say snacking is hard to resist even when not hungry. So, how can we make snacking “healthy”? And what does “healthy” even mean? The definition of “healthy” changes over time depending on new trends and diets. Regardless of the ... more
  • Have You Tried Ancient Grains Yet?
    Have You Tried Ancient Grains Yet?
    It's day 2 of the Healthy Recipe Toolbox Challenge . Now that you’ve learned the health benefits of ancient grains , it’s time to add them to your diet. Not sure where to start? Consider these options:   Make your daily yogurt more filling — add chia seeds Replace your usual side of white rice with quinoa Use spelt in baked goods such as breads and pancakes ... more
  • Do You Eat Ancient Grains?
    Do You Eat Ancient Grains?
    It's day 1 of the Healthy Recipe Toolbox Challenge . As we get started in this challenge in thinking about improving daily nutrition there are many options to consider. Today's tip is an overview of ancient grains, nutritious foods (like barley and chia) that add cleaner, simpler ingredients to your diet. Ancient grains have experienced minimal ... more
  • Use Your New Free Time Wisely
    Use Your New Free Time Wisely
    It's day 10 of the Screen Time Detox challenge !  We hope that the challenge has been helpful in supporting you to decreasing your screen time. If you’ve successfully cut down on screens then you may have up to 3 or more hours on your hands. Finding different use of that time may help you from returning to your screens now that the challenge is over. Creating ... more
  • Take Control Of Your Smartphone
    Take Control Of Your Smartphone
    It's day 9 of the Screen Time Detox challenge !   Some of our biggest screen distractions stem from your phone. Still having a hard time putting it down? Try the following: Set parameters around how often you use it. If you find yourself mindlessly scrolling Twitter before bed every night, put your phone in another room and read a book or connect with your ... more
  • Add A Period Of Quiet Or Stillness Into Your Day
    Add A Period Of Quiet Or Stillness Into Your Day
    It's day 8 of the Screen Time Detox challenge ! Insert some much needed down-time into your routine. Use that break to assess what electronic devices concern you the most and decrease your overall quality of life-what makes you feel fulfilled versus what drains you. Try plan for a break tonight or at some point in the day tomorrow.   Instead of watching TV ... more
  • Focus On One Thing At A Time
    Focus On One Thing At A Time
    It's day 7 of the Screen Time Detox challenge ! We’re nurses (aka masters of multitasking). Sometimes multitasking is a necessity, but whenever you can, especially at home, try to focus on one thing at a time: Be fully present. No scrolling while out or visiting with family and friends. When speaking to a patient or colleague, fully listen to that ... more
  • Do You! Log Off Social Media.
    Do You! Log Off Social Media.
    It's day 6 of the Screen Time Detox challenge !    Give yourself a day away from social media once a week to forget what everyone else is doing — and instead, focus on you, doing something you truly enjoy. Start tonight! Here are some ideas for tomorrow:   Plan your next vacation . Cruises and remote destinations often are the perfect way to screen detox. ... more
  • Prioritize People, Not Screens
    Prioritize People, Not Screens
    It's day 4 of the Screen Time Detox challenge !  Tonight we challenge you to focus on prioritizing engagement with others in person. Try to think about how to do this without a device and try it. Perhaps let your others or a pet interrupt you when you’re doing something on a screen to enjoy the interaction. Here are some ideas for tomorrow as well:   Walk ... more
  • Take Breaks From Technology During The Workday
    Take Breaks From Technology During The Workday
    It's day 5 of the Screen Time Detox challenge !  Getting sucked into email or social media can drain you AND too much time sitting and gazing at your screens puts you at risk for obesity/overweight and digital eye strain . Tomorrow try to take breaks whenever you can and make them as restorative as possible. Here are some things you can do instead:   Rest ... more
  • Put Down Your Phone For 5 Extra Minutes:
    Put Down Your Phone For 5 Extra Minutes:
    Welcome to day 3 of the Screen Time Detox challenge !  Being connected all the time isn’t good for the mind and body. Studies show too much time spent on your phone, computer or tablet increases stress and disturbs sleep. This research found that technology use, for some people, is like addiction. That means it may be hard to ditch altogether, so let’s take ... more
  •  Use Your Devices To Cut Down On Screen-time
    Use Your Devices To Cut Down On Screen-time
    Welcome to day 2 of the Screen Time Detox challenge !  Today's tip is use your devices to cut down on screen-time . Many smartphones have functions built-in to help you log and limit your screen time. Here are some tips on how to do this. You can also download other apps to help you reduce screen time. Here are some to checkout. If screen time is a must, try to be ... more
  • How Much Time Did You Spend On Screens Today?
    How Much Time Did You Spend On Screens Today?
    Welcome to day 1 of the Screen Time Detox challenge ! Eliminating all screen time, for most people, is not realistic due to work responsibilities.Tonight reflect on what your personal screen use time over the course of the day was. Did you do any of the following: Binge watching Scrolling through social media Playing games on your tablet, computer, ... more
  • Summary of Contest
    Summary of Contest
    The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Grand Challenge  features monthly health challenges to engage nurses and others, including a ten day Celebrate Civility challenge which will begin on December 9, 2019. ANA will randomly select a participant who has joined both the American Nurses Association as a member and enrolled in the HNHN text to join ... more
  • Plan To Keep Moving
    Plan To Keep Moving
    Welcome to day 10 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . You’ve come this far — don’t stop now. One study found that a two-week break from physical activity can take a toll on your muscle mass and increase your body fat. Keep your momentum going even after this challenge is complete. Take a few moments to reflect on the following: ... more
  • Plan To Keep Moving
    Plan To Keep Moving
    Welcome to day 10 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . You’ve come this far — don’t stop now. One study found that a two-week break from physical activity can take a toll on your muscle mass and increase your body fat. Keep your momentum going even after this challenge is complete. Take a few moments to reflect on the following: ... more
  • Put Television Commercial Breaks To Good Use
    Put Television Commercial Breaks To Good Use
    Welcome to day 9 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Ugh, another ad. And unlike on YouTube, you can’t skip commercials on television. There’s only one thing left to do: Aimlessly browse social media on your phone to pass the time, right? Not so fast. Who says you have to waste commercial breaks on meaningless activities? Use ... more
  • Put Television Commercial Breaks To Good Use
    Put Television Commercial Breaks To Good Use
    Welcome to day 9 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Ugh, another ad. And unlike on YouTube, you can’t skip commercials on television. There’s only one thing left to do: Aimlessly browse social media on your phone to pass the time, right? Not so fast. Who says you have to waste commercial breaks on meaningless activities? Use ... more
  • Do Standing Push-ups During Dull Moments
    Do Standing Push-ups During Dull Moments
    Welcome to day 8 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Do you load your arms with as many bags of groceries as possible to avoid making two trips? For one day, let’s call it quits. Instead of choosing efficient activities like tossing laundry down the chute or taking multiple trash bags out in one haul, use these opportunities to ... more
  • Do Standing Push-ups During Dull Moments
    Do Standing Push-ups During Dull Moments
    Welcome to day 8 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Do you load your arms with as many bags of groceries as possible to avoid making two trips? For one day, let’s call it quits. Instead of choosing efficient activities like tossing laundry down the chute or taking multiple trash bags out in one haul, use these opportunities to ... more
  • Start Your Day With A 5-minute Workout Routine
    Start Your Day With A 5-minute Workout Routine
    Welcome to day 7 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Begin your day on the right foot with a quick, revitalizing workout. This short workout will get your blood pumping and your energy soaring — maybe even before that morning cup of coffee! Try this 5-minute wake-up challenge workout , which incorporates stretches and simple ... more
  • Start Your Day With A 5-minute Workout Routine
    Start Your Day With A 5-minute Workout Routine
    Welcome to day 7 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Begin your day on the right foot with a quick, revitalizing workout. This short workout will get your blood pumping and your energy soaring — maybe even before that morning cup of coffee! Try this 5-minute wake-up challenge workout , which incorporates stretches and simple ... more
  • Reduce Your Efficiency
    Reduce Your Efficiency
    Welcome to day 6 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Do you load your arms with as many bags of groceries as possible to avoid making two trips? For one day, let’s call it quits. Instead of choosing efficient activities like tossing laundry down the chute or taking multiple trash bags out in one haul, use these opportunities to ... more
  • Reduce Your Efficiency
    Reduce Your Efficiency
    Welcome to day 6 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Do you load your arms with as many bags of groceries as possible to avoid making two trips? For one day, let’s call it quits. Instead of choosing efficient activities like tossing laundry down the chute or taking multiple trash bags out in one haul, use these opportunities to ... more
  • Hold A Plank Position
    Hold A Plank Position
    Welcome to day 5 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . While planks are known for working the core, they actually work multiple areas of the body. By holding yourself in a plank position for 10, 20, or 30 seconds (or however long you can hold it), you’re working your:   Biceps Neck Shoulder muscles Core Legs Not sure how to ... more
  • Hold A Plank Position
    Hold A Plank Position
    Welcome to day 5 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . While planks are known for working the core, they actually work multiple areas of the body. By holding yourself in a plank position for 10, 20, or 30 seconds (or however long you can hold it), you’re working your:   Biceps Neck Shoulder muscles Core Legs Not sure how to ... more
  • Do Jumping Jacks Every Hour
    Do Jumping Jacks Every Hour
    Welcome to day 4 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . One of the easiest ways to get your heart pumping is with jumping jacks. It’s a simple cardiovascular exercise that you can do almost anywhere. And it’s ideal for working your glutes, adductors, and calves. To avoid injury and reap the cardiovascular rewards of jumping ... more
  • Do Jumping Jacks Every Hour
    Do Jumping Jacks Every Hour
    Welcome to day 4 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . One of the easiest ways to get your heart pumping is with jumping jacks. It’s a simple cardiovascular exercise that you can do almost anywhere. And it’s ideal for working your glutes, adductors, and calves. To avoid injury and reap the cardiovascular rewards of jumping ... more
  • Try A Chair Exercise
    Try A Chair Exercise
    Welcome to day 3 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . One way to multi-task while you work at your desk: Exercise in your chair! Take advantage of the time you spend working on your computer, watching television, or any other activity you do while sitting. Do seated: Squat lunges: Work your lower body by stepping into a lunge, ... more
  • Try A Chair Exercise
    Try A Chair Exercise
    Welcome to day 3 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana . One way to multi-task while you work at your desk: Exercise in your chair! Take advantage of the time you spend working on your computer, watching television, or any other activity you do while sitting. Do seated: Squat lunges: Work your lower body by stepping into a lunge, ... more
  • Do A Couple Of Laps Up And Down Your Stairs
    Do A Couple Of Laps Up And Down Your Stairs
    Welcome to day 2 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana ! Does your home have a stairway? Fire up those quads by going up and down the stairs for five minutes. Revving up your heart rate, even just a little bit, is healthy. Exercising just 30 minutes a day helps keep you heart strong. And if you don’t have access to a gym or time for longer ... more
  • Do A Couple Of Laps Up And Down Your Stairs
    Do A Couple Of Laps Up And Down Your Stairs
    Welcome to day 2 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana ! Does your home have a stairway? Fire up those quads by going up and down the stairs for five minutes. Revving up your heart rate, even just a little bit, is healthy. Exercising just 30 minutes a day helps keep you heart strong. And if you don’t have access to a gym or time for longer ... more
  • Stand Up Every 30 Minutes
    Stand Up Every 30 Minutes
    Welcome to day 1 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana ! Sedentary lifestyles are more dangerous than most people think.  One study  found that sitting for eight hours a day poses similar health risks as those stemming from obesity or smoking.   Having a sedentary lifestyle, which researchers now refer to as ... more
  • Stand Up Every 30 Minutes
    Stand Up Every 30 Minutes
    Welcome to day 1 of the Move More Now  challenge, powered by support from Humana ! Sedentary lifestyles are more dangerous than most people think.  One study  found that sitting for eight hours a day poses similar health risks as those stemming from obesity or smoking.   Having a sedentary lifestyle, which researchers now refer to as ... more
  • See Caregivers As Your Partners
    See Caregivers As Your Partners
    Thank you for participating in the Embracing Caregivers Challenge!   We hope that it has been helpful in reminding you to embrace the caregiver as your partner in patient care.  Your job is to take care of the patient and the caregiver is taking the torch from you. You want it to burn bright for years to come. That’s why it’s imperative to place as much ... more
  • What Community-based Services Can Help?
    What Community-based Services Can Help?
    Welcome to day 9 of the Embracing Caregivers Challenge! Provide resources for community-based services to ease caregivers’ worries.  Services like home-delivered meals, home health aides, nutrition counseling, and light housekeeping can significantly lighten a caregiver’s load. But passing along a phone number is not a referral. Making the ... more
  • Share Support & Resources
    Share Support & Resources
    Welcome to day 8 of the Embracing Caregivers Challenge! 26% of unpaid caregivers surveyed have received no information and/or practical support in the last 12 months. And just as you often put your patients’ needs before your own, 42% of unpaid caregivers surveyed put the health of the person they’re caring for above their own health. You need each ... more
  • Are You Available?
    Are You Available?
    Welcome to day 7 of the Embracing Caregivers Challenge! You understand firsthand the physical and emotional demands that come with caregiving. Use this shared experience to offer caregivers help. Let them know you are available when appropriate and provide detailed info on how they can contact you for advice and recommendations.  For example, you ... more
  • How are they eating?
    How are they eating?
    Welcome to day 6 of the Embracing Caregivers Challenge! Caregivers spend so much time focusing on their loved ones, they often lose sight of their own needs. Remind the caregiver to eat well.  For example, a caregiver may spend time cooking and cleaning for their loved one, and not take time to sit and eat a meal themselves. Later, they end up nibbling on a ... more
  • Are They Getting Enough Rest?
    Are They Getting Enough Rest?
    Welcome to day 5 of the Embracing Caregivers Challenge! Being constantly exhausted is not good for the body and mind. Everyone needs a break. Getting plenty of rest is not only crucial for preventing caregiver burnout, it’s also essential for fixing it. As you talk with the caregiver and get a sense of their well-being, offer tips to help them get the rest ... more
  • Recognize Caregiver Burnout?
    Recognize Caregiver Burnout?
    Welcome to day 4 of the Embracing Caregivers Challenge! Are you looking for signs of burnout in the caregiver?  Your needs assessment should help you identify warning signs if the support person is already feeling the negative effects of caregiving. According to the Cleveland Clinic , these are the symptoms of caregiver burnout: Withdrawal from ... more
  • Have A 1:1
    Have A 1:1
    Welcome to day 3 of the Embracing Caregivers Challenge! Today consider a private, one-on-one conversation with a caregiver. The start of this conversation may be difficult as they may not want to talk about themselves. To avoid this, present the discussion as an opportunity to work together to provide the best care for the patient. Use a caregiver ... more
  • Reach Out
    Reach Out
    Welcome to day 2 of the Embracing Caregivers Challenge! Today, formally identify the family caregiver. This is step one of a successful caregiver needs assessment. At this point, you’ve had time to observe the interactions between the patient and visitors. Now it’s time to hone in on the support person. Ask the patient, or the family members or friends ... more
  • Keep Your Eyes And Ears Open
    Keep Your Eyes And Ears Open
    Welcome to day 1 of the  Embracing Caregivers Challenge!  Pay close attention to your patient’s support person(s). As a nurse, your job is to tend to your patient. But the success of your care depends on the quality of ongoing care after discharge.   That means it’s never too early to try to identify the patient’s caregiver. As soon as the patient is ... more
  • Don’t Defer
    Don’t Defer
    Welcome to day 5 of the Mindfulness Challenge !  How many times have you thought, “Life will be better when…” Instead of waiting until you lose 10 pounds, get promoted, or meet the right person, accept where you are today and make the most of it. Making an effort to be present lets us enjoy our lives as they are right now.  Have you been putting off a family ... more
  • Let Your Mind Wander
    Let Your Mind Wander
    Welcome to day 4 of the Mindfulness Challenge !  Living in the moment isn’t all about being productive (although you might find that you’re able to accomplish more when you fully focus). It’s also important to make time to just be. Instead of feeling guilty for procrastinating, allow yourself 15 minutes to do what you want (read a magazine, close your ... more
  • Focus On One Thing At A Time
    Focus On One Thing At A Time
    Welcome to day 3 of the Mindfulness Challenge !  We are masters of multitasking. Sometimes multitasking is a necessity, but whenever you can, try to focus on a single task at a time:   Be fully present for one patient. Complete one to-do list item at 100%, instead of making headway on a little of each. When speaking to a friend or colleague, fully listen to ... more
  • Take Control Of Your Smartphone
    Take Control Of Your Smartphone
    Welcome to day 2 of the Mindfulness Challenge !  Have you thought about how you use your smartphone? It’s the source of some of our biggest distractions. Consider practicing some of these tips:   Set parameters around how often you use it. If you find yourself mindlessly scrolling Twitter before bed every night, put your phone in another room and read a ... more
  • Abandon Autopilot
    Abandon Autopilot
    Welcome to the Mindfulness Challenge !  Do you ever find yourself driving home from work and afterward barely remembering the trip? Or not realizing that you already charted for a patient? When that happens, it’s because you’re going through the motions without actively thinking about them. It’s unrealistic to be fully aware of every action we take at ... more
  • Hydration At Work?
    Hydration At Work?
    Today is day 10 of the Hydration Challenge ! We understand that drinking water while at work can pose a challenge and hope that our blog,  Stay Hydrated on the Job , can provide you with some tips. We also encourage you to help  set up a hydration station at your organization,  if they are not already in place. Many organizations have started creating these ... more
  • Schedule Your Sips
    Schedule Your Sips
    Today is day 9 of the Hydration Challenge !   We are at the tail-end of week 2. Have you made drinking water part of your routine yet? Schedule your sips.   Just like you turn a patient every two hours or give them medication at a set time, create your own hydration timetable. Set your smartphone alarm for set sipping times during the day or use those  Daily ... more
  • Eat Water-Rich Fruits & Veggies
    Eat Water-Rich Fruits & Veggies
    Today is day 8 of the Hydration Challenge !  Today's tip is to  eat water-rich fruits and veggies.  Many fruits and vegetables are close to 90 percent water. Include these types of high-water content produce in your meals or as snacks for added hydration:   Vegetables Fruit Cucumber Watermelon Lettuce Strawberries Celery ... more
  • Jazz up your ice!
    Jazz up your ice!
    Today is day 7 of the Hydration Challenge !  Today's tip is to  jazz up your ice. Make flavored ice cubes  to add more flavor to your drink as they melt. Try to keep sugar content to a minimum, but experiment with combinations of herbs and fruit  or use plain frozen fruit, like lemon slices. watermelon, strawberries, blueberries or melon balls for ... more
  • Dress Up Your Drink!
    Dress Up Your Drink!
    It's day 6 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  dress up your drink.  Something as simple as a stylish water bottle or a  fun straw  can make you more inclined to sip. Check out these  water bottles  that  Health Magazine  editors use. Bottles that are BPA-free, stainless steel, or glass are all options that are  safe r  than traditional ... more
  • swap your soda.
    swap your soda.
    It's day 5 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  swap your soda. If you love pop, carbonated water or seltzer may be one way to sip more water. Look for a seltzer without added sugar or  make your own . Consider substituting one can of soda per day with club soda or sparkling water instead. Is there a brand or type of seltzer you prefer? How has the ... more
  • Infuse Your Water
    Infuse Your Water
    It's day 4 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  infuse your water with fruits, veggies, or herbs.  You’ll be more likely to pour yourself a glass when your water has some flavor and the pitcher looks inviting. Give some of  these ideas  from  All Recipes  a try.  Let us know which ones you try and how you did on day 3 in our challenge updates section ... more
  • How Do You Like Your Water?
    How Do You Like Your Water?
    It's day 3 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  f ind your favorite temp and type of water. Most people have a preference when it comes to drinking water. Some people like a refreshing ice-cold glass while others like their water bottle at room temperature or even slightly warm.   Although it’s often said that cold water burns more calories, the  ... more
  • Make Agua Your Appetizer.
    Make Agua Your Appetizer.
    It's day 2 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  m ake  agua  your appetizer.  Do you pour a glass of coffee every morning on auto-pilot? Try to do the same for water. Before you drink any other liquid, have a snack, or dig into a meal, drink a glass of water. It’s an easy way to remember to drink up. Plus, having water before a meal or snack can fill you ... more
  • Count Your Cups
    Count Your Cups
    Welcome to our  Hydration Challenge !  Today's tip is to  Count your cups.  Do you know how much water you drink in a typical day? When you examine how much you sip, you might be surprised.  Figure out how much you already drink and then over the course of the challenge strive to down a particular number of ounces each day to gradually increase it. You may ... more
  • Build On What You Started
    Build On What You Started
    It's day 10 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana .  As this challenge winds down, focus on one mini habit that resonated with you over the past 9 days. Make a commitment to build on what you started. Remember, it doesn’t matter that your goal is small. You’re training your brain for success and building up to what you hope to ... more
  • Build On What You Started
    Build On What You Started
    It's day 10 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from   Humana .  As this challenge winds down, focus on one mini habit that resonated with you over the past 9 days. Make a commitment to build on what you started. Remember, it doesn’t matter that your goal is small. You’re training your brain for success and building up to what you hope to ... more
  • What Are 3 Things You’re Especially Grateful For?
    What Are 3 Things You’re Especially Grateful For?
    It's day 9 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana .    Did you know people with a positive outlook are  one-third less likely  to suffer a cardiovascular event within five to 25 years compared to those with a negative outlook?  Gratitude and positivity promote wellness. One study published by  Harvard Health Publishing ... more
  • What Are 3 Things You’re Especially Grateful For?
    What Are 3 Things You’re Especially Grateful For?
    It's day 9 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana .    Did you know people with a positive outlook are  one-third less likely  to suffer a cardiovascular event within five to 25 years compared to those with a negative outlook?  Gratitude and positivity promote wellness. One study published by  Harvard Health Publishing ... more
  • Read One Page Of A Book Before Bed
    Read One Page Of A Book Before Bed
    It's day 8 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana .  Did you know that reading reduces risk of depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and stress levels? Reading can also help you become more empathetic, expand your vocabulary, and improve your focus and concentration. Immersing yourself in a good book makes your brain come alive . ... more
  • Read One Page Of A Book Before Bed
    Read One Page Of A Book Before Bed
    It's day 8 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana.  Did you know that reading reduces risk of depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and stress levels? Reading can also help you become more empathetic, expand your vocabulary, and improve your focus and concentration. Immersing yourself in a good book makes your brain come alive . ... more
  • Do Standing Push-ups While You Cook
    Do Standing Push-ups While You Cook
    It's day 7 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana . Planning to make dinner tonight? Whenever you get a free moment (like while you wait for a pot of water to boil), try a standing push-up. Follow these steps:   Stand about an arm’s length away from the kitchen counter. Put your hands on the edge of the counter and lean forward. ... more
  • Do Standing Push-ups While You Cook
    Do Standing Push-ups While You Cook
    It's day 7 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana . Planning to make dinner tonight? Whenever you get a free moment (like while you wait for a pot of water to boil), try a standing push-up. Follow these steps:   Stand about an arm’s length away from the kitchen counter. Put your hands on the edge of the counter and lean forward. ... more
  • Put Down Your Phone For 5 Extra Minutes
    Put Down Your Phone For 5 Extra Minutes
    It's day 6 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana . Being connected all the time isn’t good for the mind and body. Studies show too much time spent on your phone, computer or tablet increases stress and disturbs sleep. This research found that technology use, for some people, is like addiction. That means it may be hard to ditch ... more
  • Put Down Your Phone For 5 Extra Minutes
    Put Down Your Phone For 5 Extra Minutes
    It's day 6 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana . Being connected all the time isn’t good for the mind and body. Studies show too much time spent on your phone, computer or tablet increases stress and disturbs sleep. This research found that technology use, for some people, is like addiction. That means it may be hard to ditch ... more
  • Try A Squat Challenge
    Try A Squat Challenge
    It's day 5 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana . Micro-habits are fantastic — instead of being overwhelmed by the big picture, you take it one small step at a time. Today, set aside a few minutes to do one, single squat. If you can do more than one, great! If you can’t, no problem. The goal is to do at least one Tomorrow, try two. Your ... more
  • Try A Squat Challenge
    Try A Squat Challenge
    It's day 5 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana . Micro-habits are fantastic — instead of being overwhelmed by the big picture, you take it one small step at a time. Today, set aside a few minutes to do one, single squat. If you can do more than one, great! If you can’t, no problem. The goal is to do at least one Tomorrow, try two. Your ... more
  • Skip One Dessert Or Sugary Beverage
    Skip One Dessert Or Sugary Beverage
    It's day 4 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana . Are cookies, cakes, specialty coffees, candy, or sodas your guilty pleasure? Today, skip a goody that you would normally consume. Instead of reaching for your afternoon soda or latte, redirect your attention to healthier choices such as walking around the building lobby, ... more
  • Skip One Dessert Or Sugary Beverage
    Skip One Dessert Or Sugary Beverage
    It's day 4 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana . Are cookies, cakes, specialty coffees, candy, or sodas your guilty pleasure? Today, skip a goody that you would normally consume. Instead of reaching for your afternoon soda or latte, redirect your attention to healthier choices such as walking around the building lobby, ... more
  • Hold A Plank Position
    Hold A Plank Position
    It's day 3 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana . Planks are one exercise that can be done quickly while working multiple areas of the body. By holding yourself in a plank position for 5, 10, 15 seconds (or however long you can hold), you’re working your:   Biceps Neck Shoulder muscles Core Legs Give it a try today! Get down on ... more
  • Hold A Plank Position
    Hold A Plank Position
    It's day 3 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from  Humana . Planks are one exercise that can be done quickly while working multiple areas of the body. By holding yourself in a plank position for 5, 10, 15 seconds (or however long you can hold), you’re working your:   Biceps Neck Shoulder muscles Core Legs Give it a try today! Get down on ... more
  • Do A One Minute Breathing Exercise To Reduce Anxiety
    Do A One Minute Breathing Exercise To Reduce Anxiety
    It's day 2 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from Humana . Deep-breathing is beneficial in more ways than one . It reduces stress, cleanses the lungs, increases brain function, and promotes better sleep. Exercises like yoga and tai chi use proper breathing techniques as their foundation because they calm the mind and body. When you ... more
  • Do A One Minute Breathing Exercise To Reduce Anxiety
    Do A One Minute Breathing Exercise To Reduce Anxiety
    It's day 2 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from Humana . Deep-breathing is beneficial in more ways than one . It reduces stress, cleanses the lungs, increases brain function, and promotes better sleep. Exercises like yoga and tai chi use proper breathing techniques as their foundation because they calm the mind and body. When you ... more
  • Do Mini Exercises While Watching Your Favorite Shows
    Do Mini Exercises While Watching Your Favorite Shows
    It's day 1 of the  Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from Humana . If you watch television or are binging a series, get up and exercise during the commercials breaks and between episodes. What do you currently do during commercials? Do you tune them out with something else, like scrolling through social media? Or do you fast forward?  Every ... more
  • Do Mini Exercises While Watching Your Favorite Shows
    Do Mini Exercises While Watching Your Favorite Shows
    If you watch television or are binging a series, get up and exercise during the commercials breaks and between episodes. What do you currently do during commercials? Do you tune them out with something else, like scrolling through social media? Or do you fast forward?  Every time those pesky ads start rolling, do an exercise instead. Try one of these ... more
  • Are You Ready?
    Are You Ready?
    The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step - Lao Tzu Our next challenge, Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from Humana will focus on the development of mini habits, which are small and achievable actions that build over time to help you reach your goals. Are you ready? To begin, it’s helpful to understand the structure of habits, which ... more
  • Are You Ready?
    Are You Ready?
    The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step - Lao Tzu Our next challenge, Small Steps = Big Changes, powered by support from Humana will focus on the development of mini habits, which are small and achievable actions that build over time to help you reach your goals. Are you ready? To begin, it’s helpful to understand the structure of habits, which ... more
  • Are You Prioritizing What You Value Most?
    Are You Prioritizing What You Value Most?
    Welcome to day 10 of the  Find Your Balance  challenge.   Achieving satisfaction with your work-life balance isn’t a one-time job. You need to constantly assess and tweak your work and home life to get to that balance. Now that you have the tools to feel more in control, use them whenever you need to. When you’re unsatisfied with your work-life balance, it ... more
  • Talk To Others & Share
    Talk To Others & Share
    Welcome to day 9 of the  Find Your Balance  challenge.   It can be beneficial to know that you’re not the only one who feels stretched. Talk to friends or colleagues and ask them how they achieve work-life balance. Here are some ideas: Share what you have learned about yourself during this challenge in our  discussion  or on  Facebook . Discuss your ... more
  • What are you prioritizing?
    What are you prioritizing?
    Welcome to day 8 of the  Find Your Balance  challenge.   Decide what you need to do and what can wait. Not every matter is urgent. Delegate less pressing tasks to other team members or schedule some tasks for your next shift, if appropriate. The same is true at home. Instead of using home time to be uber-efficient and plow through your to-do list, build in ... more
  • Are You Getting A Restorative Break?
    Are You Getting A Restorative Break?
    Welcome to day 7 of the  Find Your Balance  challenge.   Nurses are notorious for skipping meals and breaks because there’s so much to do. But not having breaks can put you at risk because you become exhausted, overtired, or overwhelmed. And when you reach that point, the care you provide to patients suffers too.  Read more about the Case for Taking a Break ... more
  • ​​​​​​​Rethink Your Schedule
    ​​​​​​​Rethink Your Schedule
    Welcome to day 6 of the  Find Your Balance  challenge.   One of the benefits of being a nurse is the flexibility that the profession affords. Nurses work in many different settings, such as: Hospitals Schools Higher education Government Home care Telenursing                                                                Many nurses can also adjust their hours to find ... more
  • Are You Identifying What You Need?
    Are You Identifying What You Need?
    Welcome to day 5 of the  Find Your Balance  challenge.   Over the weekend really start to think about how you feel about your career and personal life. Then, make a list of what you may need to change in order to feel more satisfied and fulfilled. Do you need more child care to feel less frazzled at home? Would making friends at work help you feel happier ... more
  • Do You Have A Hard Time Saying "no"?
    Do You Have A Hard Time Saying "no"?
    Welcome to day 4 of the  Find Your Balance  challenge.   Embrace the word "no". We don't hear it often, but it’s OK to turn down requests to cover a coworker’s shift, work overtime, or come in early. It’s nice to help out colleagues, but don’t do it at your own expense or feel guilty if you can’t or don't want to.  Do you have a hard time saying no? Let us know why ... more
  • Are You Taking Work Home With You?
    Are You Taking Work Home With You?
    Welcome to day 3 of the  Find Your Balance  challenge. Try to leave your work worries and responsibilities at work . Make your home a place where you can rest and spend time with loved ones. Aim to: Avoid checking work email at home. Stop bringing work projects home with you. Decompress from a tough workday before entering your front door. Sit in your car ... more
  • Save Time For Reflection
    Save Time For Reflection
    Welcome to day 2 of the  Find Your Balance  challenge. It’s hard to accurately gauge how you feel about your life if you don’t have time to think about it. Today, try to   add quiet and stillness to your day . Use that time to assess what aspects of your work and home life make you feel fulfilled and what drains you. Instead of watching TV until you fall asleep, ... more
  • Are You Satisfied?
    Are You Satisfied?
    Welcome to day 1 of the  Find Your Balance  challenge. Although “work-life balance” is the buzzword, think in terms of satisfaction. “Work-life satisfaction” may be more realistic . Your work and other areas of your life are not always going to be equally balanced. Sometimes your role as a nurse or nursing student will be more demanding, while during ... more
  • We're Looking For You!
    We're Looking For You!
    If you love Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) and you're looking for an opportunity to get more involved, we may have the perfect gig for you, if you're looking for some extra hours (up to 20/month). We are looking for Community Managers who have some great ideas on how to help us keep our community abuzz. Primary responsibilities will include: ... more
  • Experiment With Produce!
    Experiment With Produce!
    It's the last day of the  5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie  challenge. Today's tip is to experiment with produce. Try combinations you haven't tried before or go green! If you haven’t already, give green smoothies a try. Worried that a green smoothie will taste like grass in a glass? Don’t be.   Green smoothies often taste like traditional fruit smoothies, ... more
  • Bulk Up Your Breakfast
    Bulk Up Your Breakfast
    It's day 9 of the  5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie  challenge. Today's tip is to bulk up your breakfast.   Add fruit or vegetables to your morning meal. Just slicing a banana into your cereal or sprinkling spinach into your omelet adds extra flavor and nutrition. Want to get a little more creative? Try Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes, Easy Breakfast Yogurt ... more
  • Make Food Prep A Breeze
    Make Food Prep A Breeze
    Welcome to day 8 of the 5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie  challenge. Instead of preparing just enough veggies to serve as a dinner side dish, make extra to take to work with you (or to enjoy at home) for the rest of the week. Barbecuing? Thread cut-up vegetables like peppers, onions, and zucchini onto skewers and grill them. Roasting veggies? Fill up an entire pan so ... more
  • Get Your Snack On!
    Get Your Snack On!
    Welcome to day 7 of the 5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie  challenge. Snacks can get a bad rap, but if you choose healthy versions (like fruits or vegetables!), you can keep your blood sugar stable and prevent extreme hunger, which can lead to overeating later. Apple slices or carrot sticks are classic snacks, but if you want to amp up the nutrition and flavor and try ... more
  • Put Fruit And Veggies Front And Center This Summer!
    Put Fruit And Veggies Front And Center This Summer!
    Welcome to day 6 of the 5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie  challenge. Try these tips to make fruits or vegetables the star ingredient of your meals: Use a spiralizer to turn fresh veggies like zucchini, beets, and carrots into noodle-like strands that you can use in place of pasta. Put peaches, plums, nectarines, or pineapple on the grill over low heat. The sugar ... more
  • Try Something New
    Try Something New
    Welcome to day 5 of the 5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie  challenge. Stop by a supermarket and select one or two fruits or vegetables that you’ve never heard of or tried before. When you stop and look through the produce section carefully, you’ll be surprised by how many varieties you’ve overlooked in the past. Here are some ideas for yummy but often-overlooked ... more
  • Get fresh!
    Get fresh!
    Welcome to day 4 of the 5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie  challenge. As we talked about yesterday, pre-cut and frozen fruits or vegetables are great for you. But let’s be honest, a bag of frozen cauliflower florets doesn’t have the same appeal as a ripe, juicy peach from a farm stand or a tomato straight off the vine. Visit a farmer’s market or sign up for a CSA ... more
  • Make It Easy
    Make It Easy
    Welcome to day 3 of the 5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie  challenge. We want eating more fruits and vegetables to be enjoyable for you and easy to do — not a chore. Let’s face it: Washing, cutting, and peeling take time. Keep it simple by buying frozen veggies, pre-cut fruit, and pre-washed bags of salad. You’re more likely to eat them if they’re ready to go. ... more
  • Not All Fruits And Vegetables Are Created Equal
    Not All Fruits And Vegetables Are Created Equal
    Welcome to day 2 of the 5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie  challenge. If you’re committing to eating more produce, we’re thrilled! As you start to boost your fruit and veggie intake, keep in mind that certain types of produce are more power-packed with vitamins and nutrients than others. For example, cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli, cauliflower, ... more
  • Know Your Serving Size
    Know Your Serving Size
    Welcome to day 1 of the 5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie  challenge. Our goal over the next 10 days is to help you get at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. We know you can do it, AND our first can tip below can help. Daunted by the idea of having to devour a whole head of broccoli? Don’t be! When you understand the portion sizes of fruits and vegetables, the ... more
  • How can administrators support moral resilience within your organization?
    How can administrators support moral resilience within your organization?
    It's day 7 of the  Grow Your Resiliency  challenge! Even if every nurse prioritizes cultivating moral resiliency, there will not be a huge shift in overcoming moral distress unless hospitals and employers support nurses, too. Here are some extra tips for nurse administrators to develop moral resiliency among nurses: Provide ongoing assessments on ... more
  • Be A Leader To Others In Nurse Resiliency
    Be A Leader To Others In Nurse Resiliency
    It's day 6 of the  Grow Your Resiliency  challenge! Nurses have the power to support and enrich moral resiliency in the workplace. Here are some ways nurse leaders can foster resiliency:   Share resources to help nurses overcome moral distress and build moral resilience, including our Call to Action Report, Exploring Moral Resilience Toward a ... more
  • Grow Your Resiliency Challenge Tips
    Grow Your Resiliency Challenge Tips
    Below are the Grow Your Resiliency  challenge daily tips. Use the social share links on this page to share them with a nurse you know! Day 1: Understand Moral Distress, Resilience, and Courage  Moral resilience and moral courage are concepts designed to decrease or manage moral distress. Many health care workers may experience moral distress ... more
  • Use What You Have
    Use What You Have
    It's day 5 of the Grow Your Resiliency challenge! The most resilient nurses use the resources available to them through their community or employer, including:   Counseling services Debriefing sessions Educational opportunities Peer-to-peer support Employee assistance programs (EAPs) Ethics committees What resources can you use to help ... more
  • Be Kind To Yourself
    Be Kind To Yourself
    It's day 4 of the Grow Your Resiliency challenge! Caring for yourself is not a selfish act, but rather a critical piece of caring for patients. In fact, Provision 5 of the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements requires “nurses hold the same duties to self as to others.” Think of ways you can make time for renewal in your own life, like going ... more
  • Practice Mindfulness
    Practice Mindfulness
    It's day 3 of the Grow Your Resiliency challenge! Research suggests mindfulness can help you become more resilient. Not only does taking time to be present help you to become a more resilient nurse, but it can also help you to be calmer, less stressed, and more content. Here are some ways to help be more present every day: Stop and breathe deeply every so ... more
  • Know Your Code Of Ethics
    Know Your Code Of Ethics
    It's day 2 of the Grow Your Resiliency challenge! When a situation doesn’t feel right to you, you may feel nervous about speaking up. Knowing your profession’s code of ethics can empower you and prevent you from second-guessing yourself. Take some time today to review the Code of Ethics for Nurses . Consider setting a reminder in your calendar to go ... more
  •  Understand Moral Distress, Resilience, And Courage
    Understand Moral Distress, Resilience, And Courage
    It's day 1 of the Grow Your Resiliency challenge! Moral resilience and moral courage are concepts designed to decrease or manage moral distress. Many health care workers may experience moral distress without being able to name it. Here’s a refresher on what these terms mean, so you can clearly recognize these experiences:   Moral distress is when ... more
  • Do Something Extra Nice Today
    Do Something Extra Nice Today
    It's day 10 of the Renew Challenge .   As a nurse, you’re constantly helping others. It’s part of your job. But taking care of patients at work is different than a random act of kindness. Science shows that helping others boosts feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine. It increases empathy and smiling and counteracts the effects of the stress ... more
  • Throw in some extra physical activity
    Throw in some extra physical activity
    It's day 9 of the Renew Challenge .   Every little bit helps because life-extending benefits of physical activity add up. One study found that short bursts of vigorous exercise are just as good as longer bouts of exercise. We’re talking something small — how about taking a 15-minute walk outdoors before starting your day? Or taking a quick morning ... more
  • What Are You Grateful For?
    What Are You Grateful For?
    It's day 8 of the Renew Challenge .   Did you know that focusing on gratitude — even when life gets tough — can make you healthier and happier? It’s good not just for your mind, but for your body, too. How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain Take 5 minutes to jot down a list of everything you’re grateful for. Aim for 10 items, but if you can think of more, go for it. ... more
  • Do A 5-minute Workout
    Do A 5-minute Workout
    It's day 7 of the Renew Challenge .   As a nurse, you’re busy. You’re taking care of others all day, but that doesn’t mean you’re meeting the Department of Health and Human Services ’ recommendation to strength train at least two times a week. Every minute counts. One study from the University of Utah found that small bursts of exercise throughout the day ... more
  • Maintain A Positive Mindset
    Maintain A Positive Mindset
    It's day 6 of the Renew Challenge .   Your thoughts when you wake up can make or break the rest of your day. If you begin the day with a negative mindset, you’ll probably go through the day feeling pessimistic.  Positive thinking is simply a mental and emotional attitude of expecting good results. Many people confuse positive thinking with optimistic ... more
  • Write A Note
    Write A Note
    It's day 5 of the Renew Challenge .   It’s refreshing to tell someone how much you appreciate them. Choose a person in your life who means a lot to you. Sit down and write them a note. It can be as long or short as you’d like. Before you write a word, close your eyes and envision this person in your mind. As you see them in front of you, breathe in and out slowly. Think ... more
  • Got 10 Minutes? Meditate.
    Got 10 Minutes? Meditate.
    It's day 4 of the Renew Challenge . Reviving your life requires peace of mind. Meditation is an ideal way to clear the mind in a short amount of time.  If you are seeking a dynamic meditation practice, walking meditation, also known as mindful walking, requires you to move in the environment.  It reaps many of the same benefits of traditional meditation. ... more
  • Try A Fun Workout Class
    Try A Fun Workout Class
    It's day 3 of the Renew Challenge . Consider signing up for a fun workout class.  Who says exercise has to be boring? There are many fun group classes popping up and many times the first class is free. They’re so unique and amusing, you may not even realize you’re burning calories. Indulge your inner ballerina at Barre or Aerobarre® classes, or use your love ... more
  • Tidy Up
    Tidy Up
    It's day 2 of the Renew Challenge . Today's focus is on moving more while decluttering, and we are going to start small.  Studies show that when homes are well-organized, occupants are happier and more at ease. Also, did you know that cleaning your house is an example of moderate exercise? Vacuuming the floors, taking out the trash, and making the beds are ... more
  • What Are Your Intentions?
    What Are Your Intentions?
    Today is day 1 of the Renew Challenge . To begin this challenge, first let’s set your intentions . Everything that happens begins with intention. How are you doing with your fitness this year? Are you moving more?  Trying new activities? Are you feeling stuck and need motivation to keep going? Or do you need to forgive yourself for dropping the ball? Let us ... more
  • 2020 Monthly Challenge Calendar
    2020 Monthly Challenge Calendar
    Check out our 2020 monthly challenges! Download and print the flyer attached below and post it on a bulletin board near you.   Month Challenge January Stress Less February Screen Time Detox March Healthy Recipe Toolbox   Powered by support from Compass ONE Healthcare April Get Your Gratitude On May Physical ... more
  • Make Your Bedroom A Sleep Oasis
    Make Your Bedroom A Sleep Oasis
    It's day 10 of the  Healthy Sleep  challenge. Think about what prevents you from getting quality sleep and see what you can do to change it. Have trouble sleeping when light filters through your window? Use room-darkening shades. Too much noise coming from another area of the house? Invest in a white noise machine or earplugs.   Find this helpful? Let us ... more
  • Watch Your Water Intake
    Watch Your Water Intake
    It's day 9 of the  Healthy Sleep  challenge. Just like caffeine can interfere with sleep, so can H20. Although water is important and you should be sipping it throughout the day, try to limit how much you drink in the 2 hours before bed. Drinking too much of any liquid can make you wake often to use the bathroom and contribute to a restless sleep.  Find ... more
  • Don't Drive Drowsy
    Don't Drive Drowsy
    It's day 8 of the  Healthy Sleep  challenge.   If you're headed home from a shift tonight, please don't drive when drowsy. ANA’s Nurse Fatigue Position Statement recommends that nurses never drive when drowsy. Take naps, use caffeine if needed, call a cab or family member, or sleep at work until you are rested enough to drive home. Learn more on how you and ... more
  • Set An Alarm For Tonight
    Set An Alarm For Tonight
    It's day 7 of the Healthy Sleep  challenge.  Just like you may set an alarm to wake up, set an alarm to remind you to wind down and go to bed at a reasonable hour. It’s easy to feel tempted to stay up late since that may be the only time you get to yourself, but “future you” will be thankful that you hit the sack at an earlier hour! Find this helpful? Let us know here ... more
  • Limit Long Naps
    Limit Long Naps
    It's day 6 of the Healthy Sleep  challenge.    Many nurses rely on naps to feel refreshed during shifts. Napping is a healthy way to catch up on sleep, but keep your snooze to a 20-minute catnap or less. Anything more than that can cause you to toss and turn when it’s time to go to bed. And always check your organization’s policy on napping while at work. Find ... more
  • Spread The Love
    Spread The Love
    It's day 5 of the  Bring in the Joy  challenge.  When you do experience joy, share it! Studies suggest that telling others about your positive experiences can make them happier too. When other people tell you about their good times, soak it in. So talk about fun times with your coworkers, friends, loved ones or us on  Facebook ! Post pictures on social ... more
  • Plan Your Next Vacation
    Plan Your Next Vacation
    It's day 4 of the  Bring in the Joy  challenge.  Taking vacation is good for your health and well-being. And it’s not just the time off work, but also anticipating your trip that makes it so joyful. Even if you’re not ready to plan your vacation, start thinking of where you’d like to go and what you’d like to do. Not ready for a weeklong trip? Then add something ... more
  • Take A Break
    Take A Break
    It's day 3 of the  Bring in the Joy  challenge.  To allow joy in, you need space for it. Schedule an activity this week that will give you a restful break. Read a magazine while getting a pedicure or foot massage, spend time in nature, or even cancel an activity that you don’t want to do and get some rest instead. Our discussion  has some great tips on how to take ... more
  • What's Funny?
    What's Funny?
    It's day 2 of the  Bring in the Joy  challenge.  We want funny things to just happen and crack us up, but there’s no guarantee that will happen every day — unless you actively look for things that make you laugh.  Seek out the funny.  Here are some ideas: Search YouTube for funny TV shows or late-night monologues. Find a good meme or video online ( here's one! ... more
  • What's on Your “makes-me-happy” List?
    What's on Your “makes-me-happy” List?
    It's day 1 of the  Bring in the Joy  challenge. Before you can add more joy to your life, you need to know what makes you joyful. Today, grab a sheet of paper and pen and jot down 10 things that truly fill you up. What do you love to do? Your list may include getting a massage, spending time with a friend, or dancing to a favorite song. Try to come up with unique, yet ... more
  • Take A Pet Photo Op
    Take A Pet Photo Op
    It's day 5 of the  Pets to De-Stress  challenge.  Today’s mission is to take a picture of any cute animal you see — your own or someone else’s. Keep it on your phone for a quick hit of those feel-good hormones whenever you need a boost. Post a picture of an animal that makes you smile on Facebook  group. Find this helpful? Share it with a nurse you know by using ... more
  • Make An Animal Happy
    Make An Animal Happy
    It's day 4 of the  Pets to De-Stress  challenge.  To make yourself and an animal in your life happier, do something extra kind. If you own a pet, buy a new toy, serve their favorite food, or play a fun game with them. Or start exercising together! Owning a pet (a dog in particular) automatically adds more activity to your life, since they will need to be walked ... more
  • Have You Signed Up For A Pet Experience?
    Have You Signed Up For A Pet Experience?
    It's day 3 of the  Pets to De-Stress  challenge.  Not ready for pet ownership?  You can still add animals to your life to boost your happiness and reduce stress. Try these ideas: Volunteer at an animal shelter Sign up to be a dog walker or pet sitter through Wag , Rover , or similar apps Offer to walk a neighbor’s dog or care for their pets whenever they’re ... more
  • Schedule An Animal Excursion!
    Schedule An Animal Excursion!
    It's day 2 of the  Pets to De-Stress  challenge.  Today we want you to think about  scheduling an animal excursion.  You don’t have to physically touch animals to reap the stress-reducing benefits. Today, think about where you can go when you need an animal antidote for stress. Then find time on your calendar this week to get there. Try some of these ... more
  • Find Time For Play!
    Find Time For Play!
    It's day 1 of the  Pets to De-Stress  challenge.  If you already own a pet, you have a natural stress-reliever right in your home! But think about the last time you truly played with your pet. It’s easy to get caught up in life and just quickly let your dog out in the backyard or give your cat a cursory rub when you fill her food dish. Today, spend 15 minutes ... more
  • Express Your Gratitude
    Express Your Gratitude
    It's day 4 of the G et Your Gratitude On  challenge. Although feeling thankful can boost your mood and health, research suggests that telling or showing someone you appreciate them or their actions can make you feel even happier. Plus, the act of expressing gratitude may boost the bond between you and that person. Today, when you’re feeling grateful to a ... more
  • Find The Bright Side
    Find The Bright Side
    It's day 3 of the G et Your Gratitude On  challenge. Take a few minutes to think about the times in your life when you’ve faced a hardship or had a tough experience. Then see if you can find a silver lining in the situation . For example, maybe you were laid off and it paved the way to finding a job you love. Whatever it is, taking time to flip the script and see good ... more
  • Be Specific!
    Be Specific!
    It's day 2 of the G et Your Gratitude On  challenge. It’s easy (and tempting) to list the same big things you’re grateful for again and again – your health, your family, your job! But experts say being specific is key . Instead of writing down that you’re thankful for your life, recall a specific moment you appreciated. Maybe you helped a struggling new mom ... more
  • What Are You Thankful For Today?
    What Are You Thankful For Today?
    It's day 1 of the G et Your Gratitude On  challenge. We’re all overwhelmed, so most of us aren’t feeling 100 percent grateful, 100 percent of the time – and that’s OK. Select a certain time of day – as soon as you wake up and right before bed are good options – to put three things on your gratitude list . Thinking about the special things in your life just might be ... more
  • Happy Thanksgiving!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    It's day 9 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana .  Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey Trotting today? Fuel up with a healthy breakfast and snacks! Even if you aren’t running, a good morning meal will keep you from reaching for that extra serving of pumpkin pie later. Here are some ideas: A banana with peanut butter Oatmeal with ... more
  • Turkey Trotting Tomorrow? Set Yourself Up For Success.
    Turkey Trotting Tomorrow? Set Yourself Up For Success.
    It's day 8 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Turkey Trotting Tomorrow? Set Yourself Up for Success.   Have you picked out your event day outfit? We recommend dressing in layers. You’ll stay warm and can easily peel off a layer at a time when you start to overheat. Start with a light weight material for your first layer.  ... more
  • Train In Intervals
    Train In Intervals
    It's day 7 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . If you are signed up for an event, take a moment to think about your current fitness routine. Do you walk leisurely on your lunch break? Jog before heading into work? Take a spin class in the evening? Whatever your routine, commit to building on it with interval training . There are ... more
  • Think Outside Of The Box!
    Think Outside Of The Box!
    It's day 6 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Walking, racing or biking not your thing? There are plenty of other ways to get active and support a cause.  Think outside of the box! Volunteer at a local park or recreational center as a guide, referee, or other helper. Help build a playground or deliver meals to the homebound. ... more
  • Recruit Some Friends
    Recruit Some Friends
    It's day 5 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Today's tip is  recruit some friends.   Reach out to friends, coworkers, or family members to see if they’d like to take on the challenge and support a cause too. Having buddies to train with or even just to share words of encouragement with can help keep you motivated. Maybe you ... more
  • Put It In Writing!
    Put It In Writing!
    It's day 4 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Now that you’ve spent some time thinking about causes to support, it’s time to pair that passion with action! Today, we challenge you to commit to an event or an activity over the next year. Here are some examples:   The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training : They train ... more
  • Get App-y
    Get App-y
    It's day 3 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Haven't found a Turkey Trot near you? Consider participating virtually. Commit to running, walking, or biking 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) on Thanksgiving Day. Different fitness apps feature a variety of tools: You can map out your route in advance, join virtual races, and even ... more
  • Find Your Cause
    Find Your Cause
    It's day 1 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Today’s activity is a mental one: find your cause.   Take some time to think about issues that are important to you. When looking for a cause to get behind, consider: Illnesses or disease that have had an impact on your family, friends, or patients Ways to support certain ... more
  • Put It Out Of Mind
    Put It Out Of Mind
    It's day 5 of the Healthy Sleep  challenge.    What is it about nighttime that makes us think of everything we have to do the next day and week ahead? Think about keeping a pen and notepad on the nightstand.  Tonight, write down what you need to do, put it out of your mind for the night, and refer to it in the morning instead of worrying. Consider making ... more
  • Castoff Caffeine
    Castoff Caffeine
    It's day 3 of the Healthy Sleep  challenge.  Today's tip is castoff caffeine.   Although caffeine can give you the boost you need to power through a long day or shift, studies suggest you should cut off caffeine consumption 6 hours before you plan to turn in for the night. Just like caffeine can interfere with sleep, so can water. Although drinking water is ... more
  • Slow down Before Bed
    Slow down Before Bed
    It's day 4 of the Healthy Sleep  challenge. Today's tip is slow down before bed.   Stressful conversations, suspenseful TV shows, or intense exercise before bed can cause you to toss and turn. Instead, relax during the hour before going to bed with these ideas:     Meditation   Stretching  Doing deep breathing  Taking a bath  How do you ... more
  • Turkey Trot For A Cause
    Turkey Trot For A Cause
    It's day 2 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Today's tip is  Turkey Trot for a Cause.  Are you signed up for a Turkey Trot this year? It’s not too late! Turkey Trots can be a great way to support a cause, get moving and connect with members of your community. Imagine the sense of accomplishment you’d feel sitting down to ... more
  • Is Your Bedroom A Tech-free Zone?
    Is Your Bedroom A Tech-free Zone?
    It's day 2 of the Healthy Sleep  challenge. Today's tip is  make your bedroom a tech-free zone.    The blue light from smartphones, television, and other electronics stimulates the body.  Watch TV in a room other than the bedroom. Keep cell phones away from where you sleep. Designate a charging station in your home and have all family members put ... more
  • Rest Between Shifts
    Rest Between Shifts
    It's day 1 of the  Healthy Sleep  challenge. It may seem like a no-brainer, but always make sure you have enough time to get adequate rest in between shifts. Take your commuting time and any childcare responsibilities into account before determining your schedule. If your work schedule seems too tight for you to truly rest, talk to your manager about ... more
  • Try The 4:7:8 Technique
    Try The 4:7:8 Technique
    It's day 9 of the Stress Less  challenge. Controlled breathing can promote feelings of relaxation and calm while reducing stress. Today's tip is try the 4:7:8 technique . Slowly inhale over four counts, hold the breath for a count of seven, then exhale for a count of eight. Repeat the process three times in a row to calm and center yourself. You can also try ... more
  • Count Your Blessings
    Count Your Blessings
    It's day 10 of the Stress Less  challenge, the last day of our challenge. We hope you’ll use these techniques to keep stress at bay and help you relax whenever you need them. Today's tip is  count your blessings.  Joy and gratitude are inextricably linked. The more you give thanks for what you have, the happier and less stressed you’ll be. In fact, there ... more
  • Schedule A Mani-pedicure Or Massage
    Schedule A Mani-pedicure Or Massage
    It's day 8 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is  schedule a mani-pedi or a massage. You don’t have to drop everything and do it today, but schedule it. When we’re busy and overwhelmed, we tend to set little indulgences aside. A pedicure, in particular, is great since there are more nerve endings per square centimeter in the foot than in any other ... more
  • Take A Tech Break
    Take A Tech Break
    It's day 7 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is take a tech break. Between texts, emails, and social media, it’s easy to be glued to your smartphone. But, all of that time you spend looking at a screen can prevent you from being in the moment. Make certain times of day tech-free – maybe during family meals or in the hour before you go to sleep. Consider ... more
  • Laugh!
    Laugh!
    It's day 6 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is laugh! We’ve all heard the saying, “laughter is the best medicine.” Well, research confirms laughter can help you feel relaxed and reduce physical symptoms of stress. Let’s help each other get a good laugh: Post a funny meme, joke, photo, or article that made you laugh in our  Facebook group ,  ... more
  • Tap It Out!
    Tap It Out!
    It's day 5 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is tap it out. Tapping (AKA Emotional Freedom Technique) involves a series of tapping meridian points on the head and body after acknowledging and rating a specific issue you wish to rectify such as pain, stress, or anxiety. Research shows tapping has been effective in reducing anxiety in nursing ... more
  • Join The Movement Contest and Existing HNHN Participants
    Join The Movement Contest and Existing HNHN Participants
    Thank you for participating in our community! We are so glad you are here.   We have entered all Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Connect Community members into our Join the Movement contest to win the prizes below. What do you need to do? If you have already created an account and joined Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation, you do not need to do anything at all to ... more
  • Strike A (yoga) Pose!
    Strike A (yoga) Pose!
    It's day 4 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is try yoga. In addition to physical benefits, studies suggest yoga practice can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Today try some of these beginner poses or this 10-minute beginner yoga routine to reap the benefits. Let us know about your experience with yoga in our  challenge thread . Don't ... more
  • Have You Tried Meditating?
    Have You Tried Meditating?
    It's day 3 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is try meditating. Research suggests meditation may reduce stress and anxiety while boosting feelings of happiness and well-being. It’s surprisingly easy to do too. Use our Beginner’s Guide to Meditation to get started. Let us know about your experience with meditation in our  challenge thread ... more
  • Taking Work Stress Home With You?
    Taking Work Stress Home With You?
      It's day 2 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is make meaningful transitions. Whether you feel stressed at home, at work, or just everywhere this time of year, take a few moments to decompress before you transition to a new environment. Play a favorite song before you get out of the car or take a few deep breaths before you walk through your front ... more
  • Make The Most Of The Time You Have
    Make The Most Of The Time You Have
    It's day 1 of the Stress Less  challenge, . Today's tip is try to squeeze self-care into your shift whenever you can . Working non-stop during your shift isn’t good for your health. Make the most of the time you have. Try some of these Take deep belly breaths while charting Close your eyes and do a two-minute meditation Use breaks as an opportunity to take ... more
  • What Are You Signed Up For?
    What Are You Signed Up For?
      It's day 14 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is sign up for a fitness event.  Even if you train and exercise on your own, consider signing up for a 5K, an obstacle course race, bike ride, or even a fitness class or intramural team sport. These events can be fun and create an opportunity for time spent with coworkers, ... more
  • Welcome To The Movement
    Welcome To The Movement
    Congratulations! You are now part of a movement of individuals with a focus on healthy living. Ready to take advantage of the many free resources brought you by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™? Take two minutes and register now ! When you do, you get immediate access to: Health surveys with customized results and recommendations Fun and engaging ... more
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  • How Much Are You Sitting?
    How Much Are You Sitting?
    It's day 13 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is activate your work set-up.  The Mayo Clinic reports that spending too much time sitting can lead to obesity and other health problems. How can you make changes to your sitting routine at work? Try sitting on an exercise ball while you work to engage and strengthen the ... more
  • Banish Mindless Snacking.
    Banish Mindless Snacking.
    It's day 12 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is be careful when snacking.  Avoid eating out of boredom or procrastination when at home. It’s easy to find yourself heading to the fridge every time you’re stumped on a work project or feeling overwhelmed.  In a clinical setting a break after a rush can also lead to ... more
  • Swap happy hour for fitness fun
    Swap happy hour for fitness fun
    It's day 11 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is swap happy hour for fitness fun. It's important to connect with colleagues after work, but instead of meeting for drinks, suggest some active ways to spend time as a group instead. Ideas could include creating a company softball or bowling team, going to a batting ... more
  • Make Meetings Active
    Make Meetings Active
    It's day 10 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is make meetings active Take a walk while you catch up on phone calls. Need to put in some face time with a colleague or client? Skip coffee or lunch and suggest meeting for a walk in a local park, a hike, or a driving range to burn calories and use your muscles while you talk ... more
  • Let Fido Help You Get Fit!
    Let Fido Help You Get Fit!
    It's day 9 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is let Fido help you get fit.  Instead of letting your dog out in your backyard or letting someone else in your house walk your pet, do it yourself. A 15-minute or brisk walk will be good for you and your pup. Can't leave the house? Consider a play session. Post a photo of you and ... more
  • Get (virtual) Fitness Buddies
    Get (virtual) Fitness Buddies
    It's day 8 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is get (virtual) fitness buddies.  Do you know other people who want to be more active as well? Share encouraging emails or texts and give each other virtual high fives after a workout. Meet other nurses committed to getting healthy in our Healthy Nurse, Healthy ... more
  • Pencil It In !
    Pencil It In !
    It's day 7 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is pencil in time for fitness . Schedule time to be active. When you’re planning out your day, include time to take a walk or to hit up a class at the gym. Try to time it for a point in the day when you notice your energy slumping. Getting in a workout can help you come back to your ... more
  • Sign up for our text alerts!
    Sign up for our text alerts!
    Our #healthynurse text campaign is LIVE! Text healthynurse to 52886 to get our challenge tips to your phone. Learn more about our challenges here . more
  • Quit Being So Efficient
    Quit Being So Efficient
    It's day 6 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is quit being so efficient.  A perk of working from home is that you might have time to do some housekeeping or run a quick errand. As a nurse, you’re naturally efficient so this is counterintuitive, but by being less efficient, you’ll actually be more active. For example:   ... more
  • Workout While You Work
    Workout While You Work
    It's day 5 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is workout while you work.  Incorporate fitness into work when you can. Put a conference call on speaker and lift hand weights or use resistance bands to build strength. Do calf raises while you read and send emails or while charting. Got some more ideas? Share them with ... more
  • Break It Up!
    Break It Up!
    It's day 4 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is to  break fitness into small chunks.  Can’t pencil in a full 30 or 45-minute workout? Don’t worry! Studies show that getting in just 10 minutes of activity at a time has benefits. Work up to three 10-minute blocks of fitness throughout the day. Let us know what you do ... more
  • Timing It Right?
    Timing It Right?
    It's day 3 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is to  time it right.  One way to raise your daily number of steps is to set a timer to go off once every hour. When the timer beeps, get up from your desk and take a short walk. Refill your water bottle. Use the restroom. Check the mailbox. Or just stretch . Over the course of a day, ... more
  • Are You Tracking Your Steps?
    Are You Tracking Your Steps?
    It's day 2 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is to  take stock of how active you already are by using your phone’s pedometer or an activity tracker. You may have heard of the gold standard of aiming for a daily goal of 10,000 steps per day, that's about equal to the CDC’s recommendation of getting in 150 minutes of ... more
  • Dressed For Success?
    Dressed For Success?
    It's day 1 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is to dress for success. If you work from home, one of the perks of a home office is that you can often dress casually. Use that to your advantage and dress in workout clothing that allows you to move more. Wearing supportive sneakers may encourage you to log a short walk when ... more
  • Move More Now Challenge Giveaway Contest Rules
    Move More Now Challenge Giveaway Contest Rules
    Summary of Contest:   The  Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Grand Challenge  features monthly health challenges to engage nurses, including a ten day  Move More Now Challenge sponsored by support from Humana. https://engage.healthynursehealthynation.org/events/item/31/25 which will begin on November 11, 2019. ANA will randomly ... more
  • Are You Getting Your Zzz’s?
    Are You Getting Your Zzz’s?
    It's day 5 of the the No More Distracted Driving challenge .  Today's tip is to  get your zzz’s.   ANA’s 2013–2016 Health Risk Appraisal Report  shows that 12 percent of respondents admitted to nodding off while driving within the past month. If you’ve worked a long shift or are exhausted, please don’t get behind the wheel. Many hospitals have rooms where ... more
  • Dine Before You Drive
    Dine Before You Drive
    It's day 4 of the the No More Distracted Driving challenge . Today's tip is to dine before you drive. Eating while you commute may seem like a timesaver, but spilled foods and drinks are a serious cause of distraction. Plus, opening wrappers, grabbing napkins, or taking food out of a takeout bag can take your eyes off of the road momentarily, which could ... more
  • Put Passengers To Work
    Put Passengers To Work
    It's day 3 of the the No More Distracted Driving challenge . Yesterday we asked you to ban multitasking behind the wheel . Today's tip is to  put passengers to work.  If you’re carpooling or driving with other passengers, let them make or answer emergency calls, input directions into the GPS, answer a text, or play DJ with the radio. That way you can stay ... more
  • Ban Multitasking Behind The Wheel
    Ban Multitasking Behind The Wheel
    It's day 2 of the the No More Distracted Driving challenge . Today's tip is to ban multitasking behind the wheel . Although Bluetooth devices and hands-free devices are helpful in terms of emergency, don’t get in the habit of using them while driving for catch-up calls or casual conversations. When you’re thinking, talking, or laughing with a friend on ... more
  • A lot can happn In 5 Seconds
    A lot can happn In 5 Seconds
    According to the CDC , taking your eyes off the road for as little as five seconds is long enough to drive the length of an entire football field. As we start the No More Distracted Driving challenge . Today's tip is to  set yourself up for safety.  Before you pull out of your driveway or a parking space today, ensure you are ready to drive without distraction. ... more
  • Are You Reporting Needlestick Or Sharps Injuries Immediately?
    Are You Reporting Needlestick Or Sharps Injuries Immediately?
    It’s day 9 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tips is a reminder to report any needlestick or sharps injury immediately . If you do suffer an injury, ANA recommends that you:   Immediately wash the wound with soap and water, and flush mucous membranes. Promptly seek evaluation and treatment for the injury from the emergency department or your ... more
  • Pass Sharps Safely
    Pass Sharps Safely
    It’s day 7 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is  pass sharps safely.  Never pass sharps by hand. Instead pass them via a mechanical device or on a neutral zone, like a tray. Verbally announce whenever sharps are being passed.    Have a story about a sharps injury? Share your stories with us here .   Find this helpful? Use the social media links ... more
  • Speak Up To Prevent Sharps Injuries
    Speak Up To Prevent Sharps Injuries
    It’s day 6 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is speak up to prevent sharps injuries.   Many nurses and other health care workers are injured because they didn’t know a sharp or needle was in use. In fact, nearly 25 percent of all injuries happen to a team member not using the sharp or needle itself. Whenever you’re using a sharp or needle, let ... more
  • Wear Protective Eye Coverage When Possible
    Wear Protective Eye Coverage When Possible
    It’s day 5 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is to  wear protective eye coverage when possible.  “ Splashes and splatters to the unprotected eye continue to be the highest risk exposure that there is in the nursing community,” says Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH, and the president and executive director of the International Safety ... more
  • Use Needleless Systems When Available
    Use Needleless Systems When Available
    It’s day 4 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is to use needleless systems when available.  Many injuries still occur when nurses access IV lines already in place with needles. Prevent these injuries by using needle-less systems. You should always use needle-less blood transfer devices instead of transferring blood from a syringe using a ... more
  • Never Recap Needles
    Never Recap Needles
    It’s day 3 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is a reminder to never recap needles and dispose of them properly every time. OSHA expressly prohibits this practice because the incidence of injury is so great. Instead, immediately put the needle in a sharps container for disposal. Leaving needles or sharps out, even in plain view, can injure ... more
  • Activate Safety Features On SIP Devices 
    Activate Safety Features On SIP Devices 
    It’s day 2 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is to  activate safety features on SIP devices.  It’s not enough to use safer sharps, you also have to activate the safety features. According to EPINet® data, of those who say they sustained an injury, only 30 percent said that they were using a safety-designed device. And of that ... more
  • Choose Safer Sharps
    Choose Safer Sharps
    It’s day 1 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is to  choose safer sharps.  According to data from EPINet®, which is a surveillance database used to measure occupational exposures to blood and body fluids, the number one sharp that causes injury to nurses is disposable hypodermic needles (49.4%). To lower your risk, advocate for your ... more
  • Be Part Of The Solution
    Be Part Of The Solution
    It’s day 5 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. Today's tip is to  be part of the solution.  Join your organization’s workplace violence prevention task force or safety committee. If they don’t have one, talk to your manager and HR about forming one. These are items the task force can focus on immediately:    Identify possible causes, risks, and ... more
  • Speak Up & Get Help
    Speak Up & Get Help
    It’s day 4 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. Today's tip is to  speak up and get help.    Many nurses fear reporting violent incidents because they are afraid of losing their job or facing other repercussions. However, we must commit to reporting all violent acts immediately. If you experience violence or notice another nurse being victimized, get ... more
  • Take A Stand Against Violence
    Take A Stand Against Violence
    It's day 3 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. Today's tip is to  take a stand against violence.  Take the ANA pledge to #EndNurseAbuse and or share it on twitter so others understand and learn about this important issue. Don't forget to mention us  @healthynurseUSA  and tag #healthynurse. Just like patient safety, nurse safety is vital to ensuring ... more
  • Be Prepared
    Be Prepared
    It's day 2 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. Today's tip is to  be prepared.  There’s no way to guarantee that you will never be the target of violence. But there are actions you can take to better equip yourself should the need arise. Look into taking one or more of these steps today:    Take the CDC’s  free course  on workplace violence ... more
  • #EndNurseAbuse Challenge
    #EndNurseAbuse Challenge
    Violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. According to our HealthyNurse® Survey, 35% of respondents have been verbally and/or physically threatened by a patient or patient’s family member. Thirty-one percent have experienced verbal or nonverbal aggression from a peer and 23% have experienced aggression from a person ... more
  • Let Nurses Know You Want To Hear From Them
    Let Nurses Know You Want To Hear From Them
    Workplace violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. One in four nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are more likely to be exposed to violence than prison guards or police officers. According to ANA’s 2013-2016 Health Risk Appraisal, 9 percent of nurses fear for their physical safety on the job. These stats are ... more
  • Form A Committee
    Form A Committee
    Workplace violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. One in four nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are more likely to be exposed to violence than prison guards or police officers. According to ANA’s 2013-2016 Health Risk Appraisal, 9 percent of nurses fear for their physical safety on the job. These stats are ... more
  • Create A Positive Work Environment
    Create A Positive Work Environment
    Workplace violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. One in four nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are more likely to be exposed to violence than prison guards or police officers. According to ANA’s 2013-2016 Health Risk Appraisal, 9 percent of nurses fear for their physical safety on the job. These stats are ... more
  • Train Employees To Prevent Violence
    Train Employees To Prevent Violence
    Workplace violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. One in four nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are more likely to be exposed to violence than prison guards or police officers. According to ANA’s 2013-2016 Health Risk Appraisal, 9 percent of nurses fear for their physical safety on the job. These stats are ... more
  • Prevent Violence From The Start.
    Prevent Violence From The Start.
    Workplace violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. One in four nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are more likely to be exposed to violence than prison guards or police officers. According to ANA’s 2013-2016 Health Risk Appraisal, 9 percent of nurses fear for their physical safety on the job. These stats are ... more
  • Spread Kindness
    Spread Kindness
    It’s the last day of our Celebrate Civility  challenge, so let’s finish strong. Counteract bullying  by spreading kindness . Help a coworker feel appreciated today, or just boost morale with one of these ideas from Creating and Sustaining Civility :   Greet others by name and smile.  Say “thank you” often ; praise on the spot, and in the presence of ... more
  • Get Support
    Get Support
    It's day 9 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to  get support . Dealing with difficult coworkers, bullies, or workplace violence can be exhausting, challenging, costly, and just overwhelming. Understand that recovering from being bullied may be a long process and can lead to nursing burnout . It’s not something you should attempt ... more
  • Get Your Organization On Board
    Get Your Organization On Board
    It's day 8 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to get your organization on board. Start conversations at work about ways your hospital or organization can help eradicate bullying. Consider talking to your supervisor about this as well. Want to do more? Here are a few more ideas:    Form a Civility or Organizational Culture Team. Team ... more
  • Stay Safe
    Stay Safe
    It's day 7 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to stay safe .  When we think of violence against nurses, patients or the patients’ relatives are often the usual suspects. However, lateral violence between nurses is also an issue. Have you experienced or seen it happen in your workplace? Share your stories with us in our discussion or in ... more
  • Take Action
    Take Action
    It's day 6 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to  take action.   If someone is bullying you, or making your work life difficult, speak up! If you feel prepared and well equipped, discuss your concerns with the person one-on-one (but in a safe, private place away from others, and free from interruptions). Stay calm, explain how you ... more
  • Make Self-Care A Priority
    Make Self-Care A Priority
    It's day 5 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is  make self-care a priority . When you work in a high-stress, fast-paced environment with life-or-death situations, as nurses do, it’s easy to get stressed and snap at coworkers or be short because we feel overwhelmed. Practicing self-care can help you control these reactions. Use ... more
  • Reach Out
    Reach Out
    It's day 4 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to reach out to coworkers who may be targets of bullying. Bullies typically target people because of a difference in perceived power, position, or authority and that difference can be anything that falls outside the mainstream or group norms. Recent graduates or nurses in new positions, ... more
  • Be The Change
    Be The Change
    Today is day 3 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to be the change. Be a role model for good behavior. Spreading kindness is simple. Say hello, make eye contact, or smile when a colleague passes by – and if you see a fellow nurse struggling, offer assistance.  “Don’t stand by. Stand up,” says Edmonson. “Offering to help colleagues is a ... more
  • Know Where You Stand
    Know Where You Stand
    Today is day 2 of the Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is  know where you stand. Not only should you understand what bullying looks like , you should also understand your relationship to it. Bullying doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Often it involves groups of two or more people. “Nurses may identify themselves in three roles at some point in their ... more
  • Identify The Behavior 
    Identify The Behavior 
    Today is day 1 of the Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to identify the behavior. To face bullying head on, you have to be able to name the issue and discuss it. “There are a lot of people who are turned off or are resistant to the term bullying and want to put a more positive spin on it. But, to name a thing, is to take its power away,” says Dr. Cole ... more
  • Hydration At Work?
    Hydration At Work?
    Today is day 10 of the Hydration Challenge ! We understand that drinking water while at work can pose a challenge and hope that our blog,  Stay Hydrated on the Job , can provide you with some tips. We also encourage you to help  set up a hydration station at your organization,  if they are not already in place. Many organizations have started creating these ... more
  • Schedule Your Sips
    Schedule Your Sips
    Today is day 9 of the Hydration Challenge !   We are at the tail-end of week 2. Have you made drinking water part of your routine yet? Schedule your sips.   Just like you turn a patient every two hours or give them medication at a set time, create your own hydration timetable. Set your smartphone alarm for set sipping times during the day or use those  Daily ... more
  • Eat Water-Rich Fruits & Veggies
    Eat Water-Rich Fruits & Veggies
    Today is day 8 of the Hydration Challenge !  Today's tip is to  eat water-rich fruits and veggies.  Many fruits and vegetables are close to 90 percent water. Include these types of high-water content produce in your meals or as snacks for added hydration:   Vegetables Fruit Cucumber Watermelon Lettuce Strawberries Celery ... more
  • Jazz Up Your Ice
    Jazz Up Your Ice
    Today is day 7 of the Hydration Challenge !  Today's tip is to  jazz up your ice. Make flavored ice cubes  to add more flavor to your drink as they melt. Try to keep sugar content to a minimum, but experiment with combinations of herbs and fruit  or use plain frozen fruit, like lemon slices. watermelon, strawberries, blueberries or melon balls for ... more
  • Fruit It Up!
    Fruit It Up!
    It's day 5 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge!  Today's tip is to  satisfy your sugar cravings with fruit . Believe it or not, natural sugars (such as those found in fruit) and processed sugar (like high fructose corn syrup) are pretty similar. They’re both comprised of fructose and glucose. The main difference is: When sugar naturally occurs ... more
  • What Are You Drinking?
    What Are You Drinking?
    It's day 4 of the Curb Your Sweet Tooth challenge!  Today we challenge you to think about the sugar content in what you are drinking. A single 12-ounce can of regular soda has about 10 teaspoons of added sugar, which is more than the average person should consume in a day. A child’s juice box has 5 teaspoons. A store-bought smoothie has 4 ½ teaspoons, and a ... more
  • Why You Sneaky...
    Why You Sneaky...
    It's day 3 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge! We hope you have been sussing out your food labels looking for  sneaky sources of sugar . As we mentioned in yesterday's tip , don't forget to look at the ingredients as well for the names we mentioned ! Most packaged foods contain some form of sugar to increase flavor. Ketchup, tomato sauce, canned ... more
  • Is That Code For Sugar?
    Is That Code For Sugar?
    It's day 2 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge!  Don't chastise yourself today for what you may learn about the sugar content in foods you enjoy. The focus of this exercise is to be aware of what the sugar content is in the foods you eat.  While you are looking at food labels for sugar content, also take a look at the ingredients. The Food and Drug ... more
  • Take Note!
    Take Note!
    Welcome to day 1 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge! Thank you for joining us! The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that most women consume a maximum of six teaspoons of added sugar per day and that men consume less than nine . Think about your day and reflect on what your intake was and tomorrow  take note of how much sugar is in the foods you ... more
  • Dress Up Your Drink
    Dress Up Your Drink
    It's day 6 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  Dress up your drink.  Something as simple as a stylish water bottle or a  fun straw  can make you more inclined to sip. Check out these  water bottles  that  Health Magazine  editors use. Bottles that are BPA-free, stainless steel, or glass are all options that are  safe r  than traditional ... more
  • Swap Your Soda
    Swap Your Soda
    It's day 5 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  swap your soda. If you love pop, carbonated water or seltzer may be one way to sip more water. Look for a seltzer without added sugar or  make your own . Consider substituting one can of soda per day with club soda or sparkling water instead. Is there a brand or type of seltzer you prefer? How has the ... more
  • Infuse Your Water
    Infuse Your Water
    It's day 4 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  infuse your water with fruits, veggies, or herbs.  You’ll be more likely to pour yourself a glass when your water has some flavor and the pitcher looks inviting. Give some of  these ideas  from  All Recipes  a try.  Let us know which ones you try and how you did on day 3 in our challenge updates section ... more
  • How Do You Like Your Water?
    How Do You Like Your Water?
    It's day 3 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  f ind your favorite temp and type of water. Most people have a preference when it comes to drinking water. Some people like a refreshing ice-cold glass while others like their water bottle at room temperature or even slightly warm.   Although it’s often said that cold water burns more calories, the  ... more
  • Make agua your Appetizer
    Make agua your Appetizer
    It's day 2 of the Hydration Challenge !  Today's tip is to  m ake  agua  your appetizer.  Do you pour a glass of coffee every morning on auto-pilot? Try to do the same for water. Before you drink any other liquid, have a snack, or dig into a meal, drink a glass of water. It’s an easy way to remember to drink up. Plus, having water before a meal or snack can fill you ... more
  • Count Your Cups!
    Count Your Cups!
    Welcome to our  Hydration Challenge !  Today's tip is to  Count your cups.  Do you know how much water you drink in a typical day? When you examine how much you sip, you might be surprised.  Figure out how much you already drink and then over the course of the challenge strive to down a particular number of ounces each day to gradually increase it. You may ... more
  • 2018 Partners All In Awards General Rules And Criteria
    2018 Partners All In Awards General Rules And Criteria
    ANA Enterprise is proud to launch the 2018 Partners All In Awards. Their purpose is to encourage broad participation in Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™.  The Partners All In Awards will be presented to the organization that has the most staff/employees, students, or members join HNHN between July 16 and October 15, 2018.  General Information ... more
  • Get Inspired!
    Get Inspired!
    It's the last day of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge. Thank you for making it a success! Let the challenge inspire you all year long. Tell us how you plan to keep up your commitment to advocacy throughout the year! Stay on top of the issues you’re passionate about. Here are a few ways to stay involved:   Rock the vote this year! Sign up for ... more
  • Add Your Voice
    Add Your Voice
    It is day 9 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge and ANA's  Hill Day ! Today hundreds of nurses will be in Washington, D.C., meeting with lawmakers. Follow along virtually on Twitter with  # ANAHillDay  and add your voice ! Personalize a template email to your lawmaker about key issues  HERE . You can also tweet at them or call their offices to let them ... more
  • #BedsideandBeyond?
    #BedsideandBeyond?
    It is day 8 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge!  Throughout the challenge we have been using the Year of Advocacy #BedsideandBeyond. What does this mean? As nurses we have a unique voice that needs to be heard. Whether you serve on a committee at your workplace, improve processes at your organization, or speak up for the interests of patients, ... more
  • Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Hydration Challenge Giveaway!
    Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Hydration Challenge Giveaway!
    Official Rules Summary of Contest:  The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Grand Challenge features monthly health challenges to engage nurses, including a ten day hydration challenge which will begin on August 12, 2019. ANA will randomly select 10 participants who have signed up for the hydration challenge to receive a water bottle, provided ... more
  • Rock The Vote!
    Rock The Vote!
    It is day 6 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge! Today we remind you to rock the vote this year . It may seem simple but, according to the Pew Research Center , tens of millions of registered voters didn’t cast a ballot in the last election. Your vote makes a difference, especially in local races and during mid-term elections, like this year's.  Set a ... more
  • Schedule A Meet
    Schedule A Meet
    It is day 5 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge. Now that you know who your representatives are, call their office up and  set up a meeting . Yes, you can do that! They want to hear from constituents — especially those that have unique insights into issues where they’re not experts. Don’t be offended if your meeting isn’t with your elected official, ... more
  • Take First Steps
    Take First Steps
    It is day 4 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge. There are simple ways you can take action to make sure your voice is heard. Your task today is to  take first steps. Personalize a letter at the links below to let your representatives know how you feel. The more personal details you can include about the ways these issues impact you, your coworkers, or ... more
  • Who Represents You?
    Who Represents You?
    It is day 3 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge. Your task today is to find out who represents you. It is important to know who your elected officials are so that you can learn what they have been up to on your behalf. Use this  tool  from  Common Cause  then, visit your representatives’ websites to sign up for their newsletters or follow them on ... more
  • What Are You Passionate About?
    What Are You Passionate About?
    It is day 2 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge. If you’ve been waiting to engage in the public policy process, now’s the time! There are key issues impacting nurses and patients that you can do more to change. Today, we challenge you to think about what issues you are passionate about. Perhaps there is a cause you wholeheartedly want to get behind ... more
  • What Issues Impact You Most?
    What Issues Impact You Most?
    Today is day 1 of the Use Your Voice advocacy challenge. You know what issues impact you most as a nurse, but are you aware of which concerns have legislative solutions? Learn more about the issues affecting nurses nationwide and proposed actions nationwide. There are a number of key issues impacting the work of nurses today . Take a look at the links ... more
  • About Those Sugar Free Labels...
    About Those Sugar Free Labels...
    Congratulations on completing the challenge  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge! Don't forget to send us your feedback on how you have been doing here . Even though the challenge is at an end, we hope you’ll continue to keep an eye on nutrition labels for added sugar and try to limit how much you consume. One last tip: Remember “sugar-free” doesn’t always ... more
  • Out Of Sight Out Of Mind?
    Out Of Sight Out Of Mind?
    It's day 9 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge!  Even though most of the added sugars we consume tend to be in processed foods, the problem of excess sugar comes when we add it to our foods - for example when adding to your hot beverages, drinking sweetened iced tea, or sprinkling brown sugar on oatmeal.  Over the weekend try to  consider keeping the ... more
  • #BedsideandBeyond Twitter Chat
    #BedsideandBeyond Twitter Chat
    On day 7 of the Use Your Voice challenge ,  Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation ™  and RNAction  hosted the #BedsideandBeyond #nurseadvocacy live Twitter chat on   Tuesday, June 19 th .  Thank you to all of those that participated! We had a robust discussion on how to get started on advocacy at local/state/federal levels and learned more about ... more
  • Need A Chocolate Fix?
    Need A Chocolate Fix?
    It's day 8 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge!  Today's tip is to  c hoose dark chocolate over milk chocolate.  Chocolate that is at least 80 percent dark usually has less than two teaspoons of sugar per serving. It’s a good way to get in a sweet fix while keeping sugar to a minimum. Plus, the cacao in dark chocolate contains calcium, magnesium, and ... more
  • Does That Recipe Have To Call For Sugar?
    Does That Recipe Have To Call For Sugar?
    It's day 7 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge!  Today's tip is to  replace or lessen sugar in baked goods . Use creative substitutions to make cookies, cakes, and muffins healthier. Swap in 2/3 cup of processed dates in place of one cup of sugar, like in these  brownies . Use extra-ripe bananas to skip the sugar in  banana bread . And according to  ... more

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This has been a timely and much welcomed opportunity to reflect and reassess some decisions already made and some I've been considering. We are hard-wired to be aware of threats and stressors and respond to them - that ingrained "fight, flight, freeze" response.  Without some conscious effort to reset the stress levels and work in the time to rest and rec...
I love the previous comment about getting to know peers as people not just colleagues. Building connections and building respect and trust is so important.
Think about a challenging or difficult situation - then compare trying to handle that feeling alone and isolated compared to as part of a team and supported? Building those connections takes time an...
Work-life balance is an area that I have focused on for some time. Recognizing the signs of burnout, I committed myself to separating the two. The Health and well-being of nurses is a quality improvement project I am currently working on in school.
When at work, I commit to being present and prepared. Project 7 is an experimental intervention I read while r...
Mrs Sheena D Pracyk, RN‍ This is such a great idea!!
When learning to become a Charge Nurse and Nurse Manager, I was fortunate to have a couple of great mentors.
One lesson that they they shared, that I have gone on to share with others, is to look at what I have on my to do list of life and assess to see if a) they are the right things, b) at the right time and c) for the right person.
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