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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Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health Receives National Attention

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This month, the American Holistic Nurses’ Association has chosen to highlight ALLEGRA Learning’s nationally endorsed program, The Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health, in their national newsletter.
The field of integrative health is growing rapidly due to the changing healthcare climate, a growing need for a “different” healthcare system, and a recognition of the benefits of combining the external, physical, and technologic successes of medicine with the internal, nonphysical exploration of healing. This 12-course program offers 50 contact hours of leading edge educational content including courses in holistic stress management, health and the human spirit, healing elements of meditation, healing environments, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, music therapy and sound healing, nutrition, healing effects of physical activity, therapeutic massage and bodywork, and energy healing.… Read more »

Creating a Stress-Less Holiday

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It seems like the holiday season begins earlier and earlier each year. As soon as Halloween is over, stores put out their holiday decorations and begin stocking their shelves with holiday merchandise. Our expectations are high, and we’re pulled in many directions, finding ourselves stressed and drained of energy at the very time we should be celebrating and having fun.

It’s important to make the most of the season and all the festivities and religious observances … to enjoy time with family and friends, and delight in sumptuous food.… Read more »

Tactile Massage and Hypnosis Help Emergency Room Nurses

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A recent study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine explored the perceptions and experiences of emergency room nursing personnel who received tactile massage and hypnosis at a large university hospital in Sweden. Nurses working in many environments often experience chronic stress as a result of physically and emotionally exhausting work, constant interruptions, the stress of working with severely ill or dying patients, work-related conflicts among personnel, and the exposure to acute traumas and disease. Newly qualified or inexperienced nurses may be particularly vulnerable as they may not have the knowledge, skills, and support systems necessary to cope with the stress of an emergency room environment.… Read more »

Men’s Health

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Men, you can stay safer, stronger, and healthier by taking a few steps toward health each day and by seeking care when you need it. To get serious about improving your health, start by reviewing these suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other organizations.

  1. Learn Your Family Health History. Know which conditions or diseases have occurred in your close relatives. Knowing your family history and taking appropriate steps can influence your risk of developing many conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.
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Happiness and Health

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You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a might effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.

—Elizabeth Gilbert

Each of us wants to be happy and healthy. By focusing on becoming happier, research suggests that we will not only feel better, but also have more energy, improved immune function, increased creativity, improved relationships, and increased productivity.… Read more »

Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health Endorsed by the AHNA

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The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) has endorsed ALLEGRA Learning’s Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health!  This is ALLEGRA Learning’s second certificate endorsed by the prestigious organization!

Certificate programs are only endorsed by AHNA after a rigorous peer-review process and approval of the AHNA Leadership Council. These endorsements attest to the high quality of this program by this national organization dedicated to the global support and growth of holistic nursing.

The concepts of alternative, holistic, and integrative medicine have their roots in various healing traditions that have been around for thousands of years.… Read more »