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Lifestyle ticularly on weekends and with shift work, can be a challenge.” Less than 60% of nurses have access to fruits, veggies and whole grains during work. Planning ahead and bringing healthy food to work is crucial. Assi cited one hospital who moved sweets away from the entrance to the cafeteria, which influenced buying habits. Health Nurse, Healthy Nation challenged nurses to make one food swap per day, like replacing sour cream with healthier Greek yogurt or sweetening oatmeal with fresh berries, not sugar. Some people think health and wellness is large and complicated; or that if you miss one goal, you can throw your hands up and do nothing. “Changes are done mindfully and in small steps,” Assi said. Promoting Physical Activity Hospitals recognize the value of employee health, with 70% offering worksite wellness programs. Only half of nurses participate. “Sometimes, nurses believe their level of activity at work, while high, is equivalent to health and fitness recommendations. 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For our complete conference calendar and for more information, please visit our website. 28 • ADVANCE FOR NURSING • January 2017 Healthcare organizations often create incentives and offer discounts to join gyms. Nurses should take advantage of or encourage employers to offer such programs. Connectedness is key to motivation. Assi suggested creating a little competition between units by having a contest for who takes the most daily steps. Nurses can also find success in workout buddy programs, finding accountability partners either at home or at work and exercising together. If nurses are in better physical condition, they are less likely to get injured on the job. While 71% of nurses say their facility implemented a safe patient handling program, 42% reported lifting and repositioning heavy objects as routine. Thirty-four percent cite chronic low back pain. 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