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Charlotte, North Carolina - April 3, 2014

Nurse Practitioners from across North Carolina affirmed their commitment to wellness this week by highlighting health coaching as an important healthcare strategy. Julie Alexander of Core Health Partners spoke on the topic at the Nurse Practitioner Spring Symposium in Charlotte.

This was the first time in its history that NCNA's Nurse Practitioner Council has included a presentation about health coaching at their annual conference. Alexander says this approach is a natural fit for advanced practice nurses.

"Nurses have always been passionate about helping people take charge of their health " notes Alexander "and they know that lifestyle choices are the biggest driver of our healthcare problems today."

Other presentations at the conference confirmed the central role that lifestyle plays in chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The statistics are sobering. One in every three people in the U.S. has high blood pressure, and one in three have pre-diabetes. An estimated one in six have high cholesterol.

These statistics are one reason that Alexander, a nurse practitioner and health coach, launched her business. "Most of us know what to do to be healthier, but knowing is not enough" she asserts. "Health care professionals are hungry for new resources that can help the people they serve live longer, healthier lives. Health coaching provides a missing link between healthcare and self-care."

About Core Health Partners

Core Health Partners, PLLC is a North Carolina wellness company, dedicated to helping people make sustainable lifestyle changes. (www.TheCoreHealthPartners.com)

Core Health Partners promotes optimal well-being for individuals and communities through coaching, clinical care, consulting, and wellness education programs.

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Core Health Partners, PLLC
919-335-3995

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Raleigh, North Carolina - June 26, 2014

A small but committed group of citizens gathered in Raleigh Wednesday night to participate in a community viewing and discussion of the new documentary, Fed Up. The film, narrated by Katie Couric, has been touted as the "Inconvenient Truth" of the health movement. It offers compelling evidence about the factors contributing to the rising tide of preventable chronic diseases in the U.S. – particularly the overconsumption of added sugar and reliance on processed food. Julie Alexander, founder of Core Health Partners, organized the event, but it was evident that she wasn't the only nurse practitioner present who was passionate about the topic.

"When I looked around the room," notes Alexander "I estimated that at least half of those in attendance were either nurse practitioners or their guests."

"It's not surprising," she adds "They are on the front lines of health care, and they deal with the reality of this growing problem every day."

After viewing the film, participants discussed the points that they found most compelling, and generated ideas for action in their own lives, among family and friends, in their workplaces and community groups, and in policy-making and culture at large. Participants will be able to continue the discussion on social media, and Alexander hopes that this effort will support those who want to be advocates for better personal and public health.

Nursing has a distinguished history of public health advocacy that includes the culture-changing work of Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War. Nightingale revolutionized the care of wounded soldiers by re-engineering the environments in which they were treated. Now, nurses are helping people face a different kind of battle. The CDC estimates that 2 out of every 3 adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. If that trend continues, half of the U.S. will be overweight or obese by 2050.

Added sugar is a big contributor to the problem. The average U.S. adult eats 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day. In contrast, the American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 teaspoons a day for men. There are 11 teaspoons in a medium-sized fast-food soda.

These statistics are one reason that Alexander, a nurse practitioner and health coach, hosted this event. "It's going to take all of us working together to turn this problem around" she asserts. "Individuals and families can work on making changes, and those of us who provide coaching and healthcare can continue to support them. But we also have to work on raising public awareness and changing our food environment so that it's easier for people to make healthier choices."

About Core Health Partners

Core Health Partners, PLLC is a North Carolina wellness practice, dedicated to helping people make sustainable lifestyle changes. (www.CoreHealthPartners.com)

Core Health Partners promotes optimal well-being for individuals and communities through coaching, clinical guidance, consulting, and wellness education programs.

Contact

Julie Alexander
Founder
Core Health Partners, PLLC
919-335-3995

 

 

 

 

April 3, 2014 - Nurse Practitioners Embrace New Strategy for Promoting Wellness

 

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