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February 2007 Valentines Issue

Travel Nursing is Heart Healthy

February is American Heart Month

In the spirit of “American Heart Month,” travel nurse company American Traveler wants travel nursing professionals to treat their hearts right in 2007.

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  • Avoid tobacco
  • Become more active
  • Choose good nutrition

Are the ABCs to a better life, reports the American Heart Association.

The travel nurse lifestyle can be physically demanding, said American Traveler's Clinical Coordinator. 'Sometimes working 12-hour shifts takes stamina and energy. And on top of work-related duties, travel nurses use their spare time to explore new surroundings. Hiking in national parks, canoeing, and biking are just a few of the action packed adventures' she said. It is an adrenaline-packed career that requires endurance and a strong ticker.

American Traveler encourages travel nurses to use the swimming pools, spas, and fitness centers that come with private housing accommodations to exercise and stay fit. Says our Clinical Coordinator, 'We also provide medical and dental insurance to ensure early detection of risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and heart attack.'

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run The travel nurse company recommends eating balanced meals to clients, and taking advantage of insurance benefits for regular check-ups and exams. "Even the early detection of gingivitis and gum disease can lead to a healthier heart," said CEO, Robert Bok. Bok said it's no secret that nursing is a high-stress occupation. "But American Traveler's comprehensive benefits help travel nurses lower stress, build endurance, and live a healthy travel nurse lifestyle."

Cutting back on foods with added sugars, consuming fewer before-bedtime calories, and 'keeping an eye on portion size' are other ways travel nurses can reduce their chance of stroke or heart attack, says the CDC, emphasizing that physical activity is most important overall.

'We've been told our travel nurses have the biggest hearts,' said Bok. 'And we'll do whatever it takes to keep them healthy!'