28828476_1722807321076048_6566404716872048779_oONE PASSION. ONE PURPOSE. ONE PLACE.
There’s a place where nurse practitioners gather each year to access the latest information on issues affecting the health care industry. A place where ideas are shared and solutions are born. A place where thought-provoking educational sessions and spirit-firing social events are the order of the day. Every day.
That place is the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) Annual Educational Conference, and it’s where you’ll want to be. Come #CANPsLead with us at www.canpweb.org

DSC_1710February 2018 – Moore On Health attended the 2018 AANP Health Policy Conference in Washington D.C. and looking forward to the 2019 conference. There are over 230,000 Nurse Practitioners in the United States and each one of us should be a member of a local and/or national organization that supports, advocates and strengthens our advanced practice registered nursing profession. Nurse practitioners (NPs) have the clinical expertise and the educational background to advocate for the health care community at large. NPs are on the front lines of health care and can relate personal experiences regarding how legislation can impact our patients. If you are not a member of a local and/or national organization, then allow me to encourage you to join one TODAY! 

Be Brave Be Bold but Be Kind as we stand up to eradicate the unnecessary barriers preventing full direct access to care. DSC_1907

Every NP must be involved in health policy at some level. Our job is not only in the hospital, clinic, home visit or classroom. We also have a duty to provide impactful positive change in health care that will benefit multiple generations. We are leaders in the nursing profession on the front lines delivering evidence based practice care, but together we can significantly improve the health of patients through our involvement on health care policies. Let us not struggle with who’s at the table but make the table large for all APRNs. One Voice One Profession One Mission – full direct access to care for the community at large. 

The federal policies that we urged the 115th Congress to improve patient access to less costly, more efficient health care, by taking action to address the following priorities: 

Cosponsor S. 445/H.R. 1825 to Amend Title XVIII of Social Security Act to Ensure Moe Timely Access to Home Health Services for Medicare Beneficiaries Under the Medicare Program. This Legislation Would Authorize Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to Certify Patient Eligibility for Medicare Home Health Services.

Cosponsor H.R. 1160 to improve the way beneficiaries are assigned under the Medicare shared saving program. This legislation would allow the assignment of Nurse Practitioner patients to Medicare shared saving ACOs. 

Cosponsor H.R. 1617 to Ensure Diabetic Patient’s Access to Therapeutic Shoes

We encourage Congress to craft legislation that: protects patient choice by ensuring that health care delivered by Nurse Practitioner is covered by insurance and other healthcare options. 27788870_1583461691690825_8140704533934564643_o.jpg27654609_1583418211695173_5962594335214322604_nWe have more than 50 years of peer-reviewed, independent research showing Nurse Practitioners to be safe and cost-effective clinicians, with patient outcomes that are similar and sometimes better than those of physicians.

August 2017 – Moore On Health was invited by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (AD-44) to present at a workshop for the women of Ventura County. One of the workshop’s goals was to provide personal and professional growth resources to the attendees. DSC_0249

It’s Not A Diet. It’s A Lifestyle – was the topic of the Moore on Health presentation which focused on how we need to get out of the habit of associating living a health lifestyle with being on a diet. Correcting this mindset is the first step toward gaining Moore On Health. Thanks to technology and current messaging on the internet we can no longer use the excuse that we are not aware of which type of food and/or how much physical activity is needed to achieve and sustain a healthy lifestyle. However, given the increased demands from today’s economic/work demands our community members are working 2-3 jobs at one time or attending school while working full-time and raising a family on limited income. Also, wanting to eat healthy tends to be expensive and thus less desired when you are financially challenged. So, how do you gain Moore On Health given these realities? 

First, know what health challenges you may face – Top 7 Leading Causes of Death in America (number of people effected annually):

  • Heart disease: 633,842
  • Cancer: 595,930
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 155,041
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 140,323
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 110,561
  • Diabetes: 79,535
  • Influenza and pneumonia: 57,062

Second, ask yourself how does this apply to you?

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Third, what are you going to do about it?

Keep in mind you must commit to gaining Moore On Health and remember it is a lifestyle and not a diet.  Therefore, pick a time that works best for you when planning your physical/exercise activities. Some people choose to workout early in the morning before going to their job. While other people make a hard stop during random days of the week to plan their opportunity for a workout. The goal is to do something at least 2-3 days per week, 150 minute minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. Most people are faced with a busy work/life schedule. Well, here are some ideas to consider (NOTE: Obtain medical clearance from your medical provider before doing any physical/aerobic/calisthenic exercises.)

  • Before Work – Go to the gym, park, or walk/run in your neighborhood 30-45 minutes and include the family or friends 
  • During Lunch – Go for a walk
  • After work – Go to the gym, park, or walk/run in your neighborhood 30-45 minutes and include the family or your friends 
  • Weekends – (Strength Training with Weights) – You do not have to pay for a gym membership in order to gain Moore On Health. Instead, design your own running/walk trail in park or around you neighborhood. If you do not want to purchase weights you can do calisthenic exercises like push-ups, jumping jacks and/or squats. 

Gain Moore On Health PP Final_Page_06Having an active lifestyle will also require making healthier food choices and moderation when treating yourself to snacks. Speak with your medical provider about which foods would be ideal for you based from your medical history.  For starters know that studies have shown consuming large amounts of concentrated sweets, fatty and/or processed foods will not allow you to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Lastly, Grow What you Eat – consider growing what you eat as an alternative to purchasing organic fruits, vegetable or herbs at the local markets. You can recycle furniture, bins, and other objects to create your own farmacy. 

Gain Moore On Health PP Final_Page_11You do not have to own acres of land or have a massive back yard in order to start your garden. The size of the garden does not matter, but having the will to begin growing what you eat while utilizing organic techniques (if possible) is what’s most important. Studies have found several health benefits associated with growing your own food. For example, you get to control what pesticides will come into contact with your food, saves you money (always makes us feel good) and it is a form of physical activity. If you have limited space where you live, then use creative ways to grow vertical as seen in the photos above. You can start small while developing your green thumb by growing herbs in clay pots or recycled containers.

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Remember – It’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle!