Commit to Take Five for Your Health with VNA!
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. 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.
VNA is partnering with ANA on this initiative, and this May, we’re issuing the Take Five challenge to all 100,000+ nurses in Virginia:
Commit to improving your health in one of these five areas for five minutes per day for 21 days: physical activity, nutrition, rest, quality of life, safety.
Why 21 days?
Research says it takes 21 days to make something a habit.
Why five minutes?
Everyone can find five minutes to commit to improving their own health.
What actions are included?
You decide what area you’d like to improve. Take the stairs, choose healthier breakfast options, spend a few minutes reading a favorite book, or make sure you’re not texting while you drive. The possibilities are endless!
How do I track my progress?
First, sign up! You’ll get a confirmation email with a link to our tracking sheet that you use to track your progress. When you’re finished, send it to us and we’ll include you on our Take Five Champion Wall.
Can my friends join in?
Yes! Anyone can take part in this challenge – you don’t even have to be a nurse! Your confirmation email will have some social media graphics you can use to let the world know you’re working to live a healthier life. Challenge your co-workers, family members, neighbors, or kids to join you!
What’s in it for me?
First and most important, you’re improving your health. Second, when you complete the challenge, we’ll send you a “high-five” graphic you can use to brag on social media AND you’ll receive a surprise in the mail. Third, if you register to participate during the month of May, you’ll be entered in a a drawing to win a Take Five prize pack, which includes a FitBit and other goodies.