Proving that Lutheran nurses are committed to physical activity, a group of nurses in PCU gathered photos and put together a winning video for an American Nursing Association contest – in a matter of days.
The contest was part of the ANA’s efforts to raise awareness around 2017 as the Year of the Healthy Nurse. PCU’s effort, led by Shauntel Arellano, focused on a lifestyle of participation in physical activities at least once a month for “PCU Fitness Day.” The monthly gathering is usually a day hike, snowshoe or ski day, group fitness class or something similar. There were plenty of photos of nurses in small groups or independently doing activities in addition to the monthly activity to add to the video project.
Theirs was one of 20 top videos with the most votes, earning the group a $250 gift card that they will use to make an “Oasis Room” on the unit.
Describing the reasons for the challenge, the ANA website says:
“If all 3.6 million registered nurses increased their personal wellness and then their families, co-workers and patients followed suit, what a healthier nation we would live in! That is the goal of the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge – an initiative to connect and engage nurses, employers, and organizations around improving health in five areas: physical activity, nutrition, rest, quality of life, and safety.
Nurses are less healthy than the average American. Research shows that nurses are more likely to be overweight, have higher levels of stress, and get less sleep. As the largest and most trusted health care profession, nurses are critical to the health of the nation. Healthy nurses are great role models for their patients, colleagues, families, and neighbors.” http://www.healthynursehealthynation.org.
Congratulations to the PCU nursing team for so ably demonstrating Lutheran’s commitment to health and wellness in associates and the community! Watch the winning video below.