As we know, nurses are the ones delivering good health advices to patients. But how can they manage to convey effective health promotion education, when they, themselves, don’t practice good health habits?

Based on a 2011 study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, 55% of the 2,103 female nurses surveyed were overweight or obese.

Another recent survey for nurses at the Medical University of South Carolina found that, 75% of the MUSC Health nurses reported putting their own health, safety, and wellness behind that of their patients.

These studies manifest in MUSC’s nurses, struggling to put up healthy eating habits, as well as eating less than the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables.

But through a nutritional pilot project, at least 2,700 of the organization’s nurses markedly improve their eating habits. With over the course of 60 days, they tripled their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Prior to the start of the program in June 2018:

  • 31% ate at fast food restaurants three to four times a week
  • Almost half of the MUSC Health nurses said they ate at fast food restaurants one to two times a week
  • Majority of nurses said they ate only two to three servings of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains per day

After the pilot:

  • 17% of MUSC Health nurses reported eating five servings of fruit and vegetables per day
  • 72% said they eat three or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day


The nutritional project supported by food services and facilities management company Sodexo, a partner in the American Nurses Association's Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge. The ANA initiative aims to develop the nation's health by supporting nurses in changing their own health habits.


Erudite Nursing Institute™ encourages nurses to practice good nutritional habits like improving healthy eating habits. Through doing this, you can effectively promote health advices that are reliably and inspiring to your patients.





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