Tag Archives: healthcare reform

Getting to the Heart of Self-Care

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It’s undeniable that self-care has been picking up steam over the past few months, but not without mixed feelings. Some still view self-care as a selfish endeavor, calling for a shift to “community care” or some other more socially acceptable term. But I think they’re missing what’s at the heart of self-care. When I joined […]

Who’s Directing Your Healthcare Experience?

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Since 2000, I’ve worked as a registered dietitian nutritionist, providing nutrition counseling and consulting services in a variety of healthcare settings–hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physician offices, independent living facilities, home health, adult day care centers, corporate wellness programs, and private practice. Now, for the first time, I’m learning what it’s like to be […]

Why We Need to Redefine Self-Care

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Self-care is the most powerful preventive health tool we have. Yet, ironically, it’s a tool that few of us use – at least not consistently. Instead, we’ve become passive dependents on a broken, overpriced health care system that is far from accessible (unless, of course, you’re a wealthy member of Congress). And that’s precisely why […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 148): Self-Directing My Care

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On day 148 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I focused on self-directing my medical care. After all, being an informed advocate is how we get quality healthcare. While there’s still some disagreement about the definition of self-care, it’s clear that it exists on several levels. On one end, there’s exclusive self-care, with no input or guidance […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 134): Reading the Affordable Care Act


On day 134 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored how reading the Affordable Care Act in its entirety can be an act of self-care. The idea of an average American reading the Affordable Care Act in its entirety might seem a little outrageous. And after doing just that, I can confirm that it was. The […]