Travel Nurses are a Heart Beat Away from a Great Valentine's Day
February is a high profile month for registered nurses in the CVICU and other healthcare professionals who treat heart patients. The coming of Valentine’s Day, with its metaphors to the human heart, ties in nicely with the American Heart Association and CDC’s efforts to reduce the occurrence of heart disease. Right now, the idea of indulging ourselves at our favorite restaurants and chocolatiers almost feels like a mandate. But it doesn’t have to be.
5 Heart Healthy Ways to Celebrate!
Here are the handful of tips you’ll need for thinking outside the (heart shaped!) box this February 14th.
- Skip the restaurant and pack a healthy picnic. Valentine’s Day has long been associated with the image of a couple sitting in a candlelit restaurant, ordering items like steak and Baked Alaska from the menu. Who needs long wait times and so many fat grams? Opt instead to pack a healthy picnic lunch, and enjoy it bundled up and overlooking the sunset. It’s easy to find low fat, heart healthy recipes that can be toted to favorite travel nurse destinations.
- Reinvent a Classic Dish … by making it heart healthy. Culinary school is not necessary to reach this goal. Visiting The American Heart Association’s Smart Substitutions and recipes pages, as well as looking at books like the bestsellingEat This Not That, makes cooking with the healthiest and freshest ingredients second nature.
- Make Your Own Chocolate-Dipped Treats. Those boxes of chocolate on the end-caps of aisles at your local supermarket are loaded with preservatives and transfats. So invest your time creating Valentine’s Day treats yourself. Chocolate-Dipped Fruit is a good way to start. Check in with Healthy Careers to see how easy it is to make Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. FYI: Any chocolate you do buy should ideally be dark chocolate, which contains antioxidants healthy bodies love!
- Instead of Dinner and a Movie… do something more engaging — like taking a cooking class together or learning a skill you’ve always been curious about. Your travel nurse community is brimming with opportunities to try a rock climbing wall, dabble in a new language or take a zumba class. Treat yourselves to a yummy frozen yogurt or parfait afterwards!
- Make a February Resolution! Valentine’s Day may as well be the day, if you have not done so already, to commit to a healthier diet and daily exercise regime. A good way to start? Join “One in A Million Hearts“, a nationwide initiative worth passing on to loved ones and patients. Million Hearts™ was launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Get your personal health assessment by clicking on My Life Check; it calculates your risk of heart disease and helps you craft lifestyle plans to be on the positive side of heart health statistics.
American Traveler Wishes You a Happy Valentine’s Day with All Our Hearts
Consultants at America’s #1 healthcare staffing agency are wishing you a very happy February 14th and encourage you to peruse our career resources and social media sites for the most current nursing jobs. The travel nurse lifestyle is an active and heart-healthy one that gets your heart pumping—find out how when you call 1-800-884-8788 or apply online today. And, so the beat goes on!