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Governor Ducey Shares Latest On COVID-19

Governor Doug Ducey today toured the vaccine distribution site at the Arizona State Fairgrounds and announced ten Arizona health care frontline workers who will be among the first Arizonans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. After the tour, the Governor also announced the state is distributing $15 million in additional funding to the Arizona Department of […]

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Making Friends with Fear, Uncertainty

This year has been one for the record books with chaos, division, fear and uncertainty unlike anything many of us have experienced in our lifetime. Anxiety is best defined as a fear of the unknown. But the unknown is also a collection of infinite possibilities. Choosing to correlate uncertainty with possibility can help us embrace […]

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Third COVID-19 Surge Stressing Healthcare Workers, Hospitals

As the number of COVID-19 patients rises in Northern and Central Arizona hospitals, Northern Arizona Healthcare officials say they are able to manage the situation for now, but that could change quickly. At the time of publication, Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) is treating 34 COVID-19 patients with 12 cases pending and hospital capacity, including critical […]

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Governor Ducey Extends Enhanced Surveillance Advisory Tracking COVID-19, Health Care Capacity

Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order extending the Enhanced Surveillance Advisory that requires hospitals, testing laboratories and other health care facilities to report detailed information about COVID-19. To help public health officials and local communities make data-driven decisions to fight the spread of the virus, Arizona’s Enhanced Surveillance Advisory, established by Executive Order 2020-13 […]

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Recognizing that Health is Wealth

Does 2020 have you feeling down? Take heart, you’re not alone. As a cardiology Nurse Practitioner, I’ve been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic and have talked to hundreds of people who feel the same way you do. The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected people in many different ways, but nobody has been spared. […]

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Jump-Starting Your Health Focus with a Dietitian

The following is a question and answer session with Northern Arizona Healthcare Dietitian and certified diabetes educator Shannon Heffern, RDN: How can I make 2020 my healthiest year yet? You have the power to lengthen your life by making smarter choices! One important thing is not to follow a “diet.” You need a way of […]

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Quitting is Winning

The Great American Smoke Out is Nov. 21, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The following information is according to the American Cancer Society: “More than 34 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, […]

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Understanding the Importance of Relationships in Recovery

Life is complex, and as human beings, we rely on others to learn and build our confidence and capacity to cope with changing situations. As a result, it stands to reason that the challenges of life are best faced when we surround ourselves with others who demonstrate healthy behaviors. For the recovering addict, this means […]

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Improving Health by Hiking, Walking, Being Outdoors  

Summer has arrived and the outdoors is beckoning into the warm sunshine, cool shade, tall pines and scenic trails. Spending time outdoors and in nature can be very enjoyable and relaxing, but did you know spending time outside can also make you happier and healthier? Here are just a few ways hiking is a great […]

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Innovative Health Plans Delivering Big Benefits

As we approach the time when many employers start preparing for their upcoming renewal, there are a couple of options that are frequently overlooked. Traditional plans are fully insured, meaning that the health insurance company takes all risk for claim and administration expenses. As an alternative, partially self-funded plans can often provide lower rates without […]

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