Celebrating Nurse Practitioner Week PLUS an EXCEPTIONAL Opportunity for All of Our Providers!

by Nov 11, 2021Classes, Thomas George, Jr. DNP, CRNP, FNP-C

“There is so much to celebrate and give thanks for this month! Did you know that daily gratitude can significantly improve your mood, happiness, and kindness while enhancing your physical health, sleep, and overall wellness? YES! Look for more gratitude goodness in future posts and have fun being grateful today! Let me share a few things I am grateful for today…

I am ESPECIALLY grateful for our friends at the Garrett County Health Department and all the great things they do for our community! The leaders and innovators at the Health Department recently launched a new initiative “Treat Obesity First” to equip healthcare providers with the best and most current evidence-based treatment tools to combat the obesity and diabetes epidemic. Health Strategist Shelley Argabrite led the collaborative effort plus secured grant funding for this ambitious initiative that will strengthen our providers and benefit our community. 

Why “Treat Obesity First?” When we halt and reverse the progress of obesity, we do the same for over 225 associated conditions, including diabetes. Obesity and diabetes are so interrelated that researchers coined the term “diabesity” to describe their coexistence which affects millions of people.  The obesity epidemic is growing with an estimated cost exceeding 1.14 trillion dollars and claiming nearly 3 million lives every year.

The Garrett County “Treat Obesity First” initiative equips Garrett County healthcare providers with the necessary tools to strengthen the evidence-based, patient-centered care for people with obesity and diabetes. All prescribing providers (MD, DO, PA, NP) are eligible to participate in the program, which includes continuing education credit, membership, and pathways to board certification. Offerings include:

  • Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment (5 CME) self-paced
  • Foundations of Pediatric Obesity (3.75 CME) self-paced
  • Membership in the Obesity Medicine Association, the world’s clinical leaders in obesity medicine who work to advance the prevention, treatment, and reversal of the disease of obesity.
  • Collaborative, case-based live learning session in Garrett County with food, fun, fellowship and networking with colleagues

This is TRULY something to be grateful for now and in the future! Be sure to tell your provider about this opportunity and give them my email to learn more: [email protected]

Speaking of GRATITUDE and our wonderful providers, did you know it is National Nurse Practitioner’s Week? We have over 16 nurse practitioners (NP) serving in Garrett County, mostly in family/primary care, and over 325,000 across the country. The NP profession began in the mid-1960s to address the shortage of primary care physicians. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, NPs provide patients with comprehensive, patient-centered primary, acute and specialty healthcare services in more than 1 billion patient visits each year! 

As a family nurse practitioner and doctor of nursing practice, I am grateful for a profession that allows me to serve by tending to the needs of our ill, preventing illness in our community, and promoting wellness in our population. I am truly grateful for all of our Garrett County providers and especially thankful as we celebrate our nurse practitioners this week!” written by Thomas George

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28 Comments

  1. Jenny

    Grateful for the unseasonably warm weather we have had the last few days!

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    • Sadie Liller

      Grateful to have family and friends that love me.

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      • Thomas George

        Sadie, you hit the nail on the head! Without love, this planet would be a lonely place, but with love, we truly experience everything good this place has to offer! Definitely grateful for the love of friends and family!

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    • Thomas George

      Yes, Jenny, we need to take it when we get it…especially now! Grateful for the big and small, warm, cold, and everything in between! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. kay perry

    I am very grateful for my health, family, co-workers, and friends.

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    • Thomas George

      Health, family, friends, coworkers…all great reasons to be grateful! We cannot put a price tag on the value of such things! Thanks for sharing and spreading your gratitude!

      Reply
  3. Dee

    Grateful for the weather. Glad to be able to exercise outside on new trails.Celebrate & inform your Nurse Practitioner! Go Thomas & Go GCHD

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    • Deb

      Grateful for the last few days camping with beautiful weather. And grateful for the safe journey home today. Thankful for all those veterans who served our country.

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    • Thomas George

      Thank you, Dee! I am grateful for your kindness and encouragement! Sometimes what we think are small actions can actually lead to BIG outcomes! Your kind words might just be the fuel someone needs today! Gratitude and encouragement…simple actions that make a HUGE difference! Keep on keeping on, Dee, and thank you for making a difference!

      Reply
  4. Jenny Fike

    There are too many things that I am grateful for to list but I am the most grateful for my Savior Jesus whom made all the other things I am grateful for possible.

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    • Thomas George

      Jenny, we are physical, mental, and spiritual creatures…gratitude and faith go hand in hand! I am grateful (and hopeful) for the challenge Jesus gave to love God, love neighbors, and love enemies…such radical love can change the world and is certainly worthy of gratitude! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Jen Sober

    Definitely grateful for this unbelievable weather this week, but seems like the perfect day to be super grateful to our wonderful vets 🙂

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  6. Kathy Skipper

    Greatful for the beautiful weather today and all our veterans.

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    • Thomas George

      A fantastic week it was indeed! Thank you for recognizing and showing gratitude for our vets! We are fortunate! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Amy Ritchie

    I am grateful for my family and the time we spend together, but today I am especially grateful for all the men and women who have served and are currently serving our country! God Bless America!

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    • Thomas George

      Thanks, Amy, I celebrate with you and have a deep and abiding gratitude for our country and the men, women, and families that sacrificed for our freedoms! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Thomas George

    I am so grateful for people like you and places like this where we can hike the hills, share the simple joy of togetherness, nourish our bodies with locally sourced whole foods, and encourage each other to be the best! We are all in this together and together, we can do this!

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  9. Sarah Humberson

    I’m grateful that I live in a place that has all 4 seasons. I enjoy finding the beauty of each one of them.

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    • Thomas George

      Sarah, thanks for sharing! Finding beauty in our four seasons (and beauty in general) naturally gives rise to gratitude! So grateful for our beautiful surroundings and the beautiful people we enjoy it with!

      Reply
  10. Kathy Skipper

    Today I am grateful for my job that allows me to be fulfilled by helping people in need.

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    • Thomas George

      Yes, Kathy, what a gift it is to serve with gratitude! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others…together we CAN make a difference!

      Reply
  11. Deb

    Grateful for another day of sunshine and a blue sky!

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  12. K Pfaff

    Grateful for gorgeous weather for walks!

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    • Thomas George

      Yes indeed, K Pfaff, gratitude for the gorgeous days can sustain us when things get a little cold and gray. But even then, gratitude can be found when we look for beauty! Thanks for sharing!

      Reply
  13. Lacy Coffren

    Grateful for hot coffee to warm me up on the cold weather to come!

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    • Thomas George

      Woohoo, Lacy! We DEFINITELY need to do a spot about COFFEE! I am a bit of a coffee nerd and am always grateful for all varieties, hot and cold! Thanks for sharing…hope you roast, grind, brew, and sip some great coffee today!

      Reply
  14. Amy Wilburn

    Grateful to be a live, each day is a gift. =)

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    • Thomas George

      YES! Every day is a gift, Amy! It is kind of fun to wake up and unwrap the gift of a new day, complete with the surprises, ups, downs, and in-betweens! Be the gift to others…you may be the only source of kindness they receive! Enjoy the day, spread the goodness, and keep making a difference in the lives of others! Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

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