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A Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Smart Health Choices

Many companies are utilizing nurse practioners in their wellness programs.

Often more readily available as well as less costly than physicians, nurse practioners have developed a niche in the wellness area that is growing.

For many nurse practioners and the companies they serve, there is a great need for tested techniques and offerings. 

A Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Smart Health Choices provides readers with practical, easy-to understand information that promotes preventive care and personal responsibility.  These efforts can reduce costs associated with healthcare, lost productivity, and absenteeism in the workplace.

Written by Carla Mills, ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner) and founder of Maverick Health, from the perspective of a nurse practitioner, the book views wellness as a measurable and achievable goal reacheable by every individual.

It is based on Mills' up-close and personal view of the struggles that patients face when dealing with different conditions and diseases.

The book links risk factor management to early diagnosis and treatment, and delivers its message based on nursing's own unique brand of care (treating not just the condition, but also the patient's response to the condition).

Mills offers a common sense approach that helps individuals make smart choices and behavioral changes that can significantly reduce their risk for developing major diseases before symptoms appear.

She includes tools for developing a personalized health risk profile, practical guidance to create a self-care plan, and a reference guide to understand risks, as well as common medications, tests, and treatments.

The book begins with looking at a person's own risks for conditions, such as a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, stress, anxiety and more. 

Then it discusses medications, exercise, weight and nutrition, and mental resilience as ways to reduce risks.  Mills also discusses how to stick with lifestyle changes and provides an appendix of resources that delve further into each disease or disorder.

"Aggressive preventive care by professionals and energetic self-care by individuals is critical if we are to reduce risks and lower healthcare costs," says Mills.

"This book offers a handy and insightful means to identify underlying behaviors that can lead to illness. Most important, it outlines very practical steps that can reduce individual risks and prevent illnesses from occurring or reoccurring," she adds.

"My hope is that the book will reach the people, from executives to assembly line who need to take time to evaluate their own health to plant employees to everyday consumers, who want to take charge so they can lead more rewarding, full, and productive lives," she said.

The book can be purchased exclusively online for $16.95 (plus shipping and handling) at http://www.maverickhealth.com. For bulk orders, e-mail info@maverickhealth.com for pricing.

 

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