Call to Arms: Time to Fight an Epidemic

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY➤ According to the National Institutes of Health (2008), 108 million Americans are overweight and/or obese.➤ In 1997, the World Health Organization noted that this was a major public health problem and it is no longer just an American problem.➤ Clinically, nurses must find ways to have conversations with clients about weight and healthy lifestyles in ways that do blame the victim.➤ Take a look at the vending machines for patients and their families in waiting rooms. Is there anything in those machines that we could consider healthy?➤ Nurse leaders are in the ideal position to help their organizations consider the development and implementation of a wellness program.➤ Most importantly, we have to start talking about the issue and find ways to develop multi-pronged approaches to confront the obesity epidemic.

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