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In the news: Nursing researchers to get a feel on mood and well-being of middle-age women

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, February 9, 2009

Many people crave the high that comes after an intense workout or find great pleasure curling up to read a good book. Can these activities be used to uplift nursing practice?

Nursing Professor Lee-Ellen Kirkhorn and student Jill Tapper at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are conducting a study to assess the benefits of exercise and social engagement in leisure activities on mood and well-being. The study will examine four groups of women between 40-65 years of age and garner information from participants who will answer surveys and maintain journals. Kirkhorn and Tapper are seeking 120 participants who will exercise 30 minutes a day three times a week. A control group will be used to study the effects social engagement in activities such as crafts or reading have on mood.

The study's authors suggest the research could help nurses improve care for middle-aged women with mobility limitations such as arthritis and depression if it reveals physical activities are as beneficial to women as leisure activities.

Source: The Spectator

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