May is Arthritis Awareness month. 

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis causes cartilage — the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the immune system attacks the joints, beginning with the lining of joints.

Uric acid crystals, which form when there’s too much uric acid in your blood, can cause gout. Infections or underlying disease, such as psoriasis or lupus, can cause other types of arthritis.

Treatments vary depending on the type of arthritis. The main goals of arthritis treatments are to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.


May 6th is National Nurse Appreciation day.

The nursing profession has a long and important legacy in our nation’s history. From the moment a patient walks into a healthcare facility to the moment they leave, nurses are on call, tending to every need, comforting and healing to the best of their abilities and delivering compassionate care. However, for all nurses do each and every day, they don’t always get the recognition they deserve.

It is celebrated May 6th thru May 12th, which is the birthday of nursing founder Florence Nightingale, is an exciting platform for healthcare leaders to show their nursing teams how much they are valued. It is an entire day dedicated solely to the professional nurse – honoring them for the work they do, while also educating the public about the very important role nurses have in healthcare. Many hospitals and healthcare organizations hold celebrations and honorary receptions or banquets, state and city proclamations, fun activities and events. It’s the perfect opportunity for leaders to express their thanks and appreciation for their nurses and nursing staff members.

Recognizing nursing caregivers for the work they do and the contributions they make is vital. From delivering high-quality patient care to positively impacting society, nurses are imperative to the success of their organizations, profession and healthcare in general. For leaders, ongoing recognition and celebration not only effectively showcases deep appreciation, it can also positively impact employee morale and improve engagement.

Studies have shown that meaningful recognition has the ability to renew a nurse’s commitment to their profession, bestow added pride in their work, and deepen their loyalty to both nursing team and healthcare organization. It also fosters an environment of positivity and team building. So, the next time you see a nurse give them a heart felt thank you for their answering the call to serve. Thank you nurses and doctors for your diligence. 


Orange Berry Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing



  • 16 ounces Strawberries, (tops removed, cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 8 ounces Blueberries
  • 8 ounces Blackberries
  • 8 ounces Raspberries
  • 5 Mandarin Oranges, (peeled, segmented)


  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Mandarin Orange Juice, (or regular fresh orange juice)
  • 2 teaspoons Poppy Seeds
  • Pinch Sea Salt


  1. Mix dressing ingredients until fully incorporated.
  2. Gently toss fruit in half of the poppy seed dressing. Reserve the remaining dressing for serving.

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