America’s Epidemic Prescription Drug Crisis

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Prescription drug abuse is considered the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. While the illegal use of some drugs (like cocaine) has decreased, new research shows that nearly one-third of individuals aged 12 years and older who used drugs for the first time began by using a prescription drug in a non-medical way.
The Federal Government’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan expands on the National Drug Control Strategy to include action in four additional areas:  education, monitoring, proper disposal, and enforcement.

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Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention

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With almost two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the United States now considered overweight or obese, the potential effects on health, health costs, and our nation’s productivity could be catastrophic. Obesity currently costs us over $190 billion each year in obesity-related illnesses. Prevention is at the cornerstone of strategies to decrease the spread of this national epidemic.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has evaluated previous strategies to address obesity. In its 2012 report, “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention,” the IOM provides new recommendations to meet the goals of incorporating physical activity into our lives every day, strengthening the health of school-age children, making healthy foods and beverages available everywhere, and expanding the role of employers and health care providers in obesity prevention.
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The Most Important Lists of All

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We all love to make lists, don’t we? They help keep us organized and relieve stress because we feel more in control once we’ve written things down. While many of our lists are essential, probably no other lists are more important than those we make for the kitchen. We prepare food, store food and supplies, gather for celebrations and create and enjoy beautiful meals in this important room.

Below are three great lists to keep in your kitchen and consult as you prepare to shop, since they help you stay both organized and healthy!… Read more »

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

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The Affordable Care Act represents one of the most comprehensive health care restructuring efforts since the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1965.

A transformation of the current health care system to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centered, accessible, and affordable care will require a paradigm shift in the way many healthcare professionals fulfill their roles. Nurses are at the forefront of this shift, and a fundamental restructuring of nursing education (before and after nurses receive their licenses) is considered to be the centerpiece of this transformation.… Read more »