Let’s Get Moving (Feb 23, 2014)

Let’s Get Moving

Promoting increased physical exercise.

            Physical activity is a necessary component to health.  In the 21st century, public health’s most important health issue is how to engage low-active people in physical exercise (Early & Corcoran, 2013).  There are benefits of competitive team-based events and leisure relationship-based events (Early & Corcoran, 2013).  Benefit differences for events depends upon the experience of the participant. 

            Early and Corcoran (2013) report the participant experiences from the Cambridge, UK Run team-relay charity event and the Walk leisure Cambridge colleges’ garden tour with family and friends in 2008.  There were seven participants from each event, equally divided by gender, with ages between 24 and 64 years old, who were identified via pre-event survey as being low-active (Early & Corcoran, 2013).  Low active was defined for this study to be physical activity for 30 minutes performed two or fewer times a week (Early & Corcoran, 2013).  Participants interviewed face-to-face from each event and provided follow-up six months after the event; all reported positive experiences, but with differing results (Early & Corcoran, 2013). 

            Run participants reported feeling emotionally positive, intensely self-motivated, encouraged by the team and the crowd, and provided with social pleasure from strengthened relationships (Early & Corcoran, 2013).  The experience included challenging physical effort, a high level of individual psychological achievement, and both an individual and a team physical achievement (Early & Corcoran, 2013).  The outdoor environment was a backdrop for the adrenaline-filled, driving, competitive, fast journey of the participants’ maximal physical capability offered to complete the event (Early & Corcoran, 2013). 

            Walk participants reported feeling no competition, mild physical discomfort from walking 4.5 miles, confidence of completion prior to starting the event, a fun or playful experience, prolonged by enjoyment of relationships with those sharing the experience, as well as the beautiful environment (Early & Corcoran, 2013).  The experience included less intense physical effort, maintained relationships without enrichment, and self-confidence reinforcement without enhancement (Early & Corcoran, 2013).  The outdoor environment provided for an enjoyable day outside with the beautiful gardens fostering good self-esteem and mood (Early & Corcoran, 2013). 

            Event participants’ experiences supported a sense of enjoyment and community, as well as belonging with other participants (Early & Corcoran, 2013).  The resolve of the Walk participants to complete the event was high, but better valued as an accomplishment by the Run participants due to the determination of effort necessary to compete (Early & Corcoran, 2013).  Both events fostered social interaction and relationships with the heightened depth from camaraderie by the Run participants (Early & Corcoran, 2013).  The event-generated relationships offered participants potential support networks for continued health improvement (Early & Corcoran, 2013). 

Physical activity is promotable for low-active people through mass participation physical events.  Benefits vary depending on the approach of the event, i.e. competitive or leisure, based on the experience of participants.  Event planning and advertising, with consideration of participant experiences, encourages positive involvement as well as support networks for continued physical activity promotion after events. 


Early, F., & Corcoran, P. (2013). How can mass participation physical activity events engage low-active people? A qualitative study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10(8), 900-909. Retrieved from http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.p.atsu.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=2&sid=8d0a662a-34dc-45da-8842-e8f641130774%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4205

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From Health Promotion Centre (2014). Mass participation physical activity. Retrieved from http://www.pinterest.com/hpcbrunei/health-promotion-centre/

mass participation physical activity


Let’s Eat Well (Feb 22, 2014)

Let’s Eat Well

Promoting healthy dietary choices.

            Measuring dietary protein quantity and quality is important for health recommendations to individuals, populations, and countries.  The Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) measure of evaluation utilized for the last 20 years warrants reconsideration to improve dietary protein quantity and quality measurement, as well as health recommendations. Current research supports changes in recommendations for individuals, with potential future research offering changed recommendations for population groups. 

            The current PDCAAS measurement of evaluation determines the total protein in feces, provides a scoring value for digestibility of proteins, and calculates the bioavailability of proteins digested (Leser, 2013).  The newly presented measurement of evaluation, the Digestible Indispensable Amino Acid Score (DIASS), better determines individual protein quantity rather than total protein and calculates the amount digested by the end of the small intestine rather than from feces in order to eliminate inclusion of bacterial protein quantities resulting from feces (Leser, 2013).  The DIASS improves the value score of dietary protein ingested, allowing milk and soy proteins to have a score, as well as meat, fish, and eggs to have improved value scoring (Leser, 2013).  The DIASS increases calculation of necessary bioavailable protein, rather than destroyed lysine, required for absorption of calcium and connective tissue collagen formation (Leser, 2013). 

            The individual, high-protein dietary recommendations, for weight management and maintenance of muscle mass, historically is 0.83 grams of protein per kilogram per day or total daily protein intake of 20% (Leser, 2013).  The 2013 Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations report, supported by 33 published scientific papers in the British Journal of Nutrition, recommends 0.99 grams of protein per kilogram per day with the new DIASS evaluation (Leser, 2013).  Defining and measuring protein quantity and quality allows each of us to understand how to support our own health and avoid chronic disease (Leser, 2013). 

            Several additional population groups will benefit from further research for dietary protein recommendations.  Modified dietary protein recommendations for groups such as the elderly, the immune-compromised, as well as the chronically inflamed or ill, consider the burdens of aging and disease (Leser, 2013).  Modified recommendations, specific for gender, athletic training, and weight loss programs, achievable with the DIASS evaluation, take physical activity and dietary habits into consideration (Leser, 2013).  Public health initiatives, enhanced with new dietary protein recommendations and considerations for physical activity expenditures, can better prevent age-related muscle-mass loss, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and particularly obesity (Leser, 2013). 

An improved evaluation process of protein quality and quantity measurement influences individual health decisions.  Funding and support for further research could lead to food industry product development and marketing strategies directed at individuals (Leser, 2013).  Changed nutritional standards also affect food assistance programs for the most vulnerable individuals (Leser, 2013). The DIASS evaluation provides a better measurement tool that shows not all protein has the same value. 


Leser, S. (2013). The 2013 FAO report on dietary protein quality evaluation in human nutrition: Recommendations and implications. Nutritional Bulletin, 38(4), 421-428. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nbu.12063

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From Galakitchen.com (2013). Where do you get your protein? Retrieved from  http://galakitchen.com/2013/08/27/where-do-you-get-your-protein/

broccoli or steak


Let’s Think Deeply (Feb 21, 2014)

Let’s Think Deeply

Promoting exchange of inspiring, motivating, and empowering ideas.

            Wellness is the result of the interaction with our environment. When we consider how we interact with something outside our body, we think of our senses of sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. We have an internal sense of connectedness to the environment, meaning an element of spirituality.  The architecture of our lives and life styles, influences our ability to be connected and alters our state of wellness (Nejati, 2013).  Changing our life style changes our spiritual, as well as overall health.

            In a fast-paced environment, it is difficult to foster wellness.  Exploring our spirituality promotes improved wellness by heightening our experience with our environment (Nejati, 2013).  For example, breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation, provide an awareness, calming, and relaxing effect on our bodies and our minds.  This state of heightened awareness, a deliberate space of spiritual connectedness to our environment, increases our perception of each of our senses.  We can better hear sounds, smell the fragrances, see what is, feel the surface we rest upon, and taste, for example, seawater.  This relieves stress and negative energy, while tuning in our vigor of life (Nejati, 2013). 

            Spirituality is not to be confused with religion, which interprets the person’s experiences of their life (Nejati, 2013).  Influences of religion include our culture, our experiences, and our childhood upbringing (Nejati, 2013).  Spirituality is how we relate to the world around us.  Understanding how to better relate, differs from explaining the relationship. 

            Influencing our surroundings for positive aspiration and enjoyment is having hope for a healthy life experience (Nejati, 2013).  The basis of health is consideration of one’s wholeness, with spirituality being one element (Nejati, 2013).  Spirituality is an element of wellness in Turkey and Persia where nutrition, patterns of sleep, eating, and breathing, work, relaxation, and one’s emotions are included (Nejati, 2013). 

Disruptors of health therefore are things that affect our spirituality negatively, such as bodily and emotional burdens like anxiety, depression, or stress (Nejati, 2013).   Examples of environmental elements that enhance spiritual health include being in nature, in the sun’s absorbable rays, with fresh air and nice fragrances to breathe, and soothing natural sounds like running water (Nejati, 2013).  With physical health representing only a part of our health, taking the time to observe what causes improved spiritual health provides for improved generalized health and wellness (Nejati, 2013). 

            Reinforcing what interactions in our environment promote connectedness with others and, with nature, develops spirituality.  The five senses aid the body and mind’s analysis of our surroundings to create memories and experiences to grow from.  Simple life style changes, like breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation, are a necessary prescription for health. 


Nejati, A. (2013). Spirituality, health, and architecture: With respect to stress. The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, 2(4), 1-11. Retrieved from http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.p.atsu.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=7f70ff69-e3b3-4b01-8d70-7548b15c9503%40sessionmgr4003&vid=3&hid=4205

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From Motivationalquotesabout.com, (2014). There is much more at any given moment. Retrieved from http://www.motivationalquotesabout.com/quotes/theres-much-more-in-any-given-moment-than.aspx



Let’s Be Active (Feb 20, 2014)

Let’s Be Active

Promoting increased involvement within one’s family or community.

           We need to be active collaborators to improve mental health.  The recognized duty is present in the relationship between health professionals with their patients.  The financial burden is present by American citizens and medical payers, including the U.S. government.  The largest burden is on family and friends who witness health outcomes that result from stigmatized mental health care.  Increased medical community involvement in treatment collaboration efforts is one method of being more active in population mental health outcomes.  Whether primary care provider, public health advocate, or family member, all of us have a role promoting better mental health. 

           Primary care providers (PCP) see the majority of mental health patients with focused individual improvement as their goal (Shim & Rust, 2013).  Electronic health record (EHR) programs provide comprehensive evaluation and interdisciplinary team management strategies for treatment including mental health specialty care (Shim & Rust, 2013).  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) supports the PCP model for primary management with EHR-based patient-centered medical homes (Shim & Rust, 2013). 

           Health promotion advocates in public health share the determination to prevent disease, disability, or death from mental health.  Mental health illness globally is the second largest disease and disability burden (Shim & Rust, 2013).  Severe mental illness shortens life by an average of 25 years (Shim & Rust, 2013).  A whole-person approach with screening and early treatment leads to reduced stigma, improved patient treatment engagement, and improved overall health metrics by preventing long-term mental health effects (Shim & Rust, 2013). 

           Family members and friends effectively reduce health risks, like usage of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.  They are beneficial to fostering healthy life style habits for sleep hygiene, physical activity, nutrition, and development of healthy relationships (Shim & Rust, 2013).  Improving one’s general health improves one’s mental health. 

           Promoting healthy life styles using the whole-person approach improves individual, community, population, and global mental health.  Reduction in mental health contributes to improved overall health and wellness, improved mortality rates, decreased disability, and decreased costs.  We should all be so fortunate to help each other to live well, longer, with less cost and disability.


Shim, R., & Rust, G. (2013). Primary care, behavioral health, and public health: Partners in reducing mental health stigma. American Journal of Public Health, 103(5), 774-776.  http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301214

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From GoodReads.com, (2014). Jamie Paolinetti quotes. Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/quaotes/543811-limitations-live-only-in-our-minds-but-if-we-use



Let’s Socialize (Feb 19, 2014)

Let’s Socialize

Promoting the benefits of social networking and healthy relationships.

            Relationships, such as between a nurse and a patient, foster a response that, hopefully, is positive.  Understanding the coping skills, the optimism, and the changeable environmental factors of individuals and communities can offer solutions for health promotion, including mental health.  Problem-solving and self-management skills given to people and populations enable change. 

            The events we experience creates opportunities for personal growth.  For some, this develops confidence, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and empathy (Ruddick, 2013).  For one out of two people affected with mental health illness, childhood stresses and challenges do not foster these skills or resilience (Ruddick, 2013).  One’s belief of their state of wellness and personal control of their life determines their ability to change and to seek relationship support (Ruddick, 2013).  The interconnectedness one feels in a community promotes healthy behaviors related to exercise, diet, sleep, and less substance usage (Ruddick, 2013).  Social and economic burdens for home and work environments result in nearly one fourth of personal and employer mental health care costs (Ruddick, 2013). 

            A whole-person approach that includes individual responsibility, solution-focus, and individual-led initiatives benefits overall health and mental illness (Ruddick, 2013).  Self-help skills enable individuals to identify barriers, choose solutions, and generate specific goals.  Those who teach people, such as nurses, to cope with stress, as well as to strategize for health improvement, illicit positive partnerships.  It is in our relationships with each other that trusting networks and supportive resources are cultivated to promote health. 


Ruddick, F. (2013). Promoting mental health and wellbeing. Nursing Standard, 27(24), 35-39. Retrieved from http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.p.atsu.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=799454c3-0bc1-4479-b20e-660eaa7a3148%40sessionmgr113&vid=3&hid=115

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From Libeltyseo.com, (2012). The perks offered by social networks. Retrieved from http://libeltyseo.com/2012/11/19/the-perks-offered-by-social-networks/

social networking


Let’s Be Active (Individual & Community Involvement)

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Let’s Think Deeply (Body, Mind, & Spirit Connection)

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Let’s Socialize (Relationships Matter)

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Let’s Eat Well (Nutrition)

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Let’s Get Moving (Exercise)

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