Presentation - Oral - to professional peers
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According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 4 adults do not meet the globally recommended physical activity levels (WHO, 2022). There is a 20-30% increased risk of death among persons who are not physically active (WHO, 2022). Multiple organizations have goals to increase physical activity to improve health: Healthy People 2030 (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, n.d.), American College of Lifestyle Medicine (Lianov et al., 2022), World Health Organization (2022), Center for Disease Control & Prevention – Healthy People, Healthy Nation initiative (CDC, 2022). Healthcare workers, including nurses, experience challenges engaging in adequate physical activity (Jun et al., 2019; Nepper et al., 2021; Owusu-Sekyere, 2020; Saridi et al., 2019; Wolff et al., 2021).
In December 2020, I tested positive for COVID-19. Over the previous few years, I gradually decreased my physical activity and increased my weight. This was a wake-up call. Since then, I’ve lost over 20 pounds and improved my physical activity and energy levels. In December 2022, I became a certified personal trainer. My goal is to help busy nurses incorporate simple strategies to prioritize self-care and improve overall health. During this workshop, you will learn practical solutions to embrace the struggle and consistently increase your physical activity and improve your overall health.
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