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The Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR) credential is the only accredited certification for perioperative registered nurses. Earning the CNOR is a mark of distinction and demonstrates a commitment to upholding the highest standards in patient safety.
CNOR certification assesses the knowledge and skills of a perioperative nurse with a minimum of two years of clinical practice. More than 40,000 nurses internationally hold the CNOR credential and consider the designation a personal and professional accomplishment.

"Age-specific, anatomy & physiology, assessment, diagnostic studies, documentation, laboratory results, nursing diagnosis, nursing process, NANDA, Perioperative Nursing Data Set (PNDS), pathophysiology, physical assessment, preoperative fasting, vital signs"
"Allergies, complementary/alternative
medicine (CAM), herbs, illegal/illicit drugs, medication reconciliation, pharmacology, recreational drugs side effects" "Preoperative verification, site
marking, surgical safety checklist, The Joint Commission, time out, wrong site, wrong procedure, wrong person" "Alternatives, autonomy, benefits, complications, informed consent, patient rights, privacy, respect, risk" Advance directive, allow natural death (AND), CPR directive, DNR, living will, medical durable power of attorney, Patient Self- Determination Act (PSDA)
"Allergies, analgesia, narcotics, NSAIDS, nonpharmacological interventions, opioids, pain block, pain intensity scales, PCA, pharmacology, regional anesthesia, self-report, signs, symptoms, The Joint Commission"
"Nursing diagnoses, preoperative nursing interventions, patient needs"
"Age-specific, anxiety, behavioral responses, collaboration, comfort, cultural /ethnic diversity,"
"legal/ethical standards, pain management, physiological responses, patient-centered, resources, SCIP protocol, spiritual needs"
"Chemical, radiation, fire, laser, positioning"
"Hand hygiene, PPE, contact, droplet, airborne"
"Hyperthermia, hypothermia, infection control, infection prevention, patient temperature"
"control, perfusion, surgical procedure, wound classification, wound healing"
"Comfort, anxiety, medication, pain management, cultural, ethical, and spiritual needs"
"Body mechanics, chemical, counts, deep vein thrombosis, documentation, ergonomics, equipment, manufacturers instructions for use (IFU), fire, hazardous materials, lead aprons, National Patient Safety Goals, smoke plume, laser, laser goggles, positioning, radiation, tourniquet, Universal Protocol, WHO checklist"
"Patient dignity, modesty, privacy, positioning, skin prep antisepsis"
"Anesthesia agents, labeling, medications, pain management"
"Aseptic technique, expiration date, instruments, package integrity, sterile, surgical products"
"Air exchanges, humidity, noise, room temperature, traffic"
"Documentation, explant, implant, verification"
Autotransfusion, blood products, Continuity of care, hand-off/hand over, interdisciplinary, PACU, transfer of care criteria "Discharge, regulatory guidelines, wound care"
"Bioburden, biofilm, cleaning, critical item, decontamination, decontamination area, disinfection, documentation, enzymatic cleaner, FDA, germicide, high-level disinfection, loaner instrumentation, low-level disinfection, non-critical item, PPE, semi-critical item, Spaulding classification, ultrasonic cleaner"
Dynamic air removal, gravity displacement, hydrogen peroxide gas plasma sterilization, immediate use sterilization, implants, load, packaging, prevacuum, steam, sterilization
"Biological indicator, Bowie-Dick, chemical indicator, documentation, emulating indicators, load parameters, physical monitor, pressure, temperature, regulations, tracking"
"Controlled conditions, event related, regulatory requirements, shelf life, storage, time related, tracking, transportation, vendors"
"Blood, bloodborne pathogen, chemotherapy drugs, CJD, ETO, glutaraldehyde, radioactive materials"
"Bioburden, biofilm, cleaning, critical item, decontamination, decontamination area, disinfection, documentation, enzymatic cleaner, FDA, germicide, high-level disinfection, loaner instrumentation, low-level disinfection, non-critical item, PPE, semi-critical item, Spaulding classification, ultrasonic cleaner"
Dynamic air removal, gravity displacement, hydrogen peroxide gas plasma sterilization, immediate use sterilization, implants, load, packaging, prevacuum, steam, sterilization
"Biological indicator, Bowie-Dick, chemical indicator, documentation, emulating indicators, load parameters, physical monitor, pressure, temperature, regulations, tracking"
"Controlled conditions, event related, regulatory requirements, shelf life, storage, time related, tracking, transportation, vendors"
"Blood, bloodborne pathogen, chemotherapy drugs, CJD, ETO, glutaraldehyde, radioactive materials"
"Allergy, anaphylactic shock, anaphylaxis, latex free, latex safe, sensitivity, transfusion reaction"
"Advanced cardiac life support, basic life support, cardio- pulmonary resuscitation, ischemia, myocardial infarction"
"Acidosis, calcium, Dantrium, dantrolene sodium, dysrhythmia, hypercarbia, hyperkalemia, hypermetabolic, hyperthermia, tachycardia, trigger"
"Airway obstruction, anoxia, arterial blood gas, aspiration, atelectasis, bronchospasm, difficult airway, hypoxia, laryngospasm, pneumothorax, pulmonary edema, pulmonary embolism"
ARDS, autotransfusion, blunt trauma, DIC, diagnostic tests, DNR, end of life care, MAST, mechanism of injury, multisystem, organ donor, rapid sequence intubation, shock, trauma, traumatic brain injury, triage
Burn, explosion, flammable, fuel, ignition source, oxygen, RACE, PASS, thermal injury "Allied health care providers, competency, delegation, mentor, management, patient acuity, scope of practice, staff education, supervision, support personnel, UAP"
"Cost containment, environmental consciousness (go green), fiscal responsibility, product evaluation, product selection, recycling, reprocess, resource management, single-use device, supply management"
"Accountability, ethics, family, health care industry representative, loaner instrumentation, patient rights, patient privacy, student, vendor, visitor"
"Biologic implants, PPE, preventive maintenance, room turnover, spills, terminal cleaning"
"Accrediting agency, advocacy, best practice, board of nursing, community standard, evidence- based practice, guidelines, nurse practice act, patient rights, position statement, recommended practices, regulation, regulatory standards,"
"scope of practice, standard, statute"
"Best practice, certification, competency, continuing education, life-long learning, professional organization, self- assessment, staff education"
"Audit, best practice, change, evidence-based practice, information literacy, measures, performance improvement, Plan- Do-Study-Act, quality assurance, quality improvement, research, risk management, shared governance"
"Chain of command, collegiality, confidentiality, culture of safety, delegation, ethics, healthy work environment, horizontal violence, just culture, lateral violence, patient advocate, professional growth, professional standards"

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Killexams : Medical Certified syllabus - BingNews https://killexams.com/pass4sure/exam-detail/CNOR Search results Killexams : Medical Certified syllabus - BingNews https://killexams.com/pass4sure/exam-detail/CNOR https://killexams.com/exam_list/Medical Killexams : Healthcare Education Market to Cross $110.54 Billion, Revenue by 2022 at 10.56% CAGR – Growth Report by Quince Market Insights

Pune, Nov. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global Healthcare Education market reach USD 110.54 Billion in 2022 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 10.56% over the forecast period 2023 to 2032, according to a exact global market study by Quince Market Insights. According to the World Health Organization, "a set of intentionally designed learning opportunities involving some form of communication aimed at improving health literacy, including improving knowledge and developing life skills that are conducive to individual and community health" constitutes health education. Investments in medical education have been encouraged by the quick developments in healthcare infrastructure. In addition, particularly in developing nations, the number of medical schools has been rising.

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Research conducted by FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED) found that between 2009 and 2013, the number of medical schools increased by more than one-third. Universities and institutions are now required to offer high-quality education as a result of the growth in new and unconventional medical schools as well as student migration.

Major companies operating in the global healthcare education market. which includes SAP (Germany), Adobe (US), Infor (US), Oracle (US), HealthStream (US), HealthcareSource (US), Elsevier (Netherlands), Articulate (US), PeopleFluent (US), ADP (US), GE Healthcare (US), Trivantis Corporation (US), Cerner (US), Koninklijke Phillips (Netherlands), Siemens Healthineers (Germany), Coursera (US), and IBM (US).  

The market is drive by the adoption of the digital learning with Solutions for continuing medical education (CME) are widely recognized by medical practitioners and non-medical professionals who desire to stay current with the rapidly evolving technology. Many CME programs are being used to earn points since, in nations like Canada, a physician's study course must include at least 400 points.

The various initiatives taken by government to drive the healthcare education market. such as eLearning courses for healthcare professionals. The Healthy People eLearning website is run by the US government and serves as an online learning tool for students and healthcare professionals who want to achieve the nation's health objectives. In India for promoting health awareness and promotion Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launches the school health programme under Ayushman Bharat Yojna.

Healthcare Education Market, by Provider

The provider segmented is divided into Universities and Academic Centres, Continuing Medical Education.

The Universities and Academic Centres account for the highest share in the market. on the account of health promotion, disease prevention, and addressing health disparities and the social factors of health. The universities have own training program for the students which applying concepts from the behavioural and social sciences to encourage voluntary changes in social and behavioural health behaviours.

Healthcare Education Market, by Delivery Mode

The Delivery Mode is divided into Classroom-based, E-Learning.

The E-Learning segmented expected to highest segment in the market.  The growth of segment because of Cost effective, Time efficient, easily adaptable, it supports individual learning style and needs and effective at producing goo outcomes. The E-Learning platform provides free courses to students or sometimes paid certification courses.

 Healthcare Education Market, by Application

The application market is divided into Cardiology, Internal Medicine.

The Cardiology segment is expected for highest growth in the market. because of rising cases with the cardiovascular disease. According to World Health Organization, each year 17.9 million people die because of cardiovascular diseases. as well as the initiatives taken by the key player to promote the healthcare education. Also, the increasing the quantity of government grants available to assist young cardiology professionals in gaining access to quality training.

Healthcare Education Market, based on Regional Analysis

The region segment includes major regions such as Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, North America, Europe, and South America.

The North America is projected for highest market shar. Because of increase in the continuing medical education programs and initiative taken by the government and the private sector to promote the young healthcare professional. Also, the programme is guided by the physicians and non-physicians who desire to stay current in the new digital technology. In the US various training programs for individuals are conducted by the office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations (OEREP) to promote the awareness about healthcare education.

The Asia Pacific market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR over the predicted timeframe. In the Asia Pacific region countries like China, India has witness to rapid economic growth includes the growth in the healthcare sector. In healthcare sector, the rise in demand of online learning, rising preference of online medical education with the help of artificial intelligence and the digital technology.

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Recent development in the Global Healthcare Education Market

  • July 2022, Next-Generation Healthcare Distributor bttn Wins Contract with WSIPC and Expands Reach into Education Sector
  • July, 2022, University of Kentucky Awards Turner $225 Million Contract for Construction of Health Education Building
  • In 2020, eLearning Brothers bought Trivantis Corporation in order to expand its market presence and develop a one-of-a-kind learning ecosystem with all of its offerings.
  • In 2020, Infor was purchased by Koch Industries for USD 13 billion. Infor will continue to conduct business through Koch Industries' New York headquarters as a stand-alone subsidiary.

Some key points of the Healthcare Education Market Reports are:

  • An in-depth global healthcare education market by the segments, along with an analysis of trend-based insights and factors.
  • Key impact factors analysis across regions that includes analysis, along with the drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges that are prevailing in the global healthcare education market.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the global healthcare education market

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Killexams : American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Humana partner to advance lifestyle medicine education nationwide

image: The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) has announced a partnership with Humana to advance lifestyle medicine training health care professionals contracted by Humana nationwide. view more 

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The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and Humana have announced a new partnership to provide lifestyle medicine training for healthcare professionals contracted by Humana. The commitment by Humana to encourage its clinicians to take advantage of the complimentary education courses will support ACLM’s $22 million pledge highlighted at the exact White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition to provide continuing medical education courses to up to 100,000 healthcare professionals.

The commitment from ACLM, which is covered in detail here, has generated substantial engagement from organizations interested in taking part in the training and helping ACLM to achieve its training goal. The partnership with Humana represents the largest organizational commitment to promote lifestyle medicine training to date.

ACLM’s “Lifestyle Medicine and Food as Medicine Essentials” course bundle provided to Humana health care professionals is a foundational, evidence-based introduction to the field, plus  focused nutrition education for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. This course bundle consists of three modules and four presentations, providing 5.5 hours of continuing medical education content. 

  • “Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine” module (1 hour) 
  • “Food as Medicine: Nutrition for Prevention and Longevity” module (3 hours) 
  • “Food as Medicine: Nutrition for Treatment and Risk Reduction” module (1.5 hours) 

Interest in lifestyle change as an essential treatment intervention to address chronic disease is increasing among physicians and health professionals internationally. Lifestyle, once recognized as an essential prevention strategy, is now acknowledged as a foundational and efficacious treatment approach to Strengthen outcomes, lower costs, and Strengthen patient and provider satisfaction. In the first course module, 2020-2022 ACLM President Cate Collings, MD, MS, FACC, DipABLM, defines lifestyle medicine, discusses the evidence base, explains six key interventions, and demonstrates how lifestyle medicine has the power to treat and often reverse disease and provide a solution for real health-care reform. 

The second training module explores nutrition for prevention and longevity. Diet has been identified as the single most important risk factor for morbidity and mortality in the United States, yet most health care providers spend relatively few hours learning about nutrition during their formal training. In 1985, the National Academy of Sciences recommended 25 hours minimum of nutrition education, but only 27 percent of medical schools in the U.S. meet that minimum. The limited nutrition education that is offered in medical and health professional programs is often primarily didactic and focused on the biochemistry of nutrients and health consequences of deficiency states—content that is of limited use in a clinical setting where the majority of the population faces over-nutrition due to high intake of ultra-processed, calorie-dense, high saturated fat-laden foods. 

The third training module provides an overview of the scientific evidence on food groups and dietary patterns for treatment and risk reduction of common lifestyle-related conditions, with a focus on cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, cancer prevention, and obesity. The session also includes a brief review of carbohydrates, fats, and protein in relation to chronic disease, as well as a discussion of practical approaches to nutrition counseling. 

Lifestyle medicine is a medical specialty that uses therapeutic lifestyle interventions as a primary modality to treat chronic conditions including, but not limited to, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Lifestyle medicine certified clinicians are trained to apply evidence-based, whole-person, prescriptive lifestyle change to treat and, when used intensively, often reverse such conditions. Applying the six pillars of lifestyle medicine—a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connections— also provides effective prevention for these conditions.

“We are committed to supporting access to high-quality care and improving the health for all of our members and patients. Motivating lifestyle change is critical in preventing and treating chronic diseases, like diabetes.” said Humana Chief Medical Officer, Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS.  “Our partnership with the ACLM will ensure our clinicians receive evidence-based lifestyle change and behavioral motivation training to treat chronic disease more effectively.”

“The American College of Medicine is dedicated to empowering health care providers with the evidence-based information and the essential tools they need to help patients adopt and sustain the healthy habits that can add years to their life and life to their years. These include routine physical activity, a whole food plant-predominant eating pattern, sound sleep, stress resilience, positive social connections and avoidance of risky substances,” said ACLM President Beth Frates, MD, FACLM, DipABLM. “We are thrilled to partner with Humana to promote our Essentials training to all of their clinical network members for free.”

ABOUT ACLM -- The American College of Lifestyle Medicine is the nation’s medical professional society advancing lifestyle medicine as the foundation for a redesigned, value-based and equitable healthcare delivery system, leading to whole person health. ACLM educates, equips, empowers and supports its members through quality, evidence- based education, certification and research to identify and eradicate the root cause of chronic disease, with a clinical outcome goal of health restoration as opposed to disease management. www.lifestylemedicine.org

ABOUT HUMANA -- Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to Strengthen health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s website at humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders;
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings;
  • Most exact investor conference presentations;
  • Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls;
  • Calendar of events; and
  • Corporate Governance information.

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Killexams : Medical Management Outsourcing White Paper, Prior Authorization; 5 Challenges + Solutions

DENVER, Dec. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Catalyst Solutions, an industry leader in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), strategic consulting, and staff augmentation for health plans released a special report on prior authorization challenges and solutions.

Just Released Catalyst Solutions Prior Authorization White Paper

Solutions Catalyst outlines in its whitepaper can help plans reduce costs and utilization, and Strengthen quality of care.

Plans rely on prior authorization to ensure the treatment patients receive are medically necessary, appropriate courses of care and financially sound. Unfortunately, prior authorization is among the top five challenges where health plans see low satisfaction scores from both members and providers.

"Over the past 23 years Catalyst Solutions has successfully provided technology and operations consulting services to health plans," says Suraya Yahaya, Chief Operating Officer at Catalyst Solutions. "And we are seeing a largely unmet need in the clinical space. This is a place where many plans struggle, and Catalyst has a deep bench of experts who can provide advisory services or outsourcing services."

Drawing upon Catalyst's extensive proficiency in the clinical function of the healthcare plan, Catalyst's white paper summarizes the most prevalent challenges associated with prior authorization and solutions that reduce cost, complexity, and abrasion with members and providers. Consultative solutions for prior authorization can range from overcoming technology challenges to optimizing business practices and increasing the adoption of informatics capability. Additionally, outsourcing the clinical and administrative activities related to prior authorization can also help plans overcome resource constraints, as they leverage the scales of economy their partners bring. Alone or together, the solutions Catalyst outlines in its whitepaper can help plans reduce costs and utilization and Strengthen quality of care.

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About Catalyst Solutions

Catalyst Solutions has an extensive history of exclusively serving the payer industry. With 20+ years of deep industry expertise, Catalyst provides outsourced BPO, IT and consulting services. As a diversity-certified, woman-owned company based in the United States, our mission is to help insurance payers drive down costs, optimize revenue, and most importantly, Strengthen member healthcare outcomes. We deliver comprehensive and flexible solutions that meet the unique needs of payers, and we are committed to exceeding customer expectations by providing unmatched, white-glove service. We are passionate about making positive and measurable change on behalf of the clients we serve and the communities in which we live.

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Killexams : 4 HR Courses to Take for Professional Development in Abu Dhabi

Today, we know handwashing will help keep us safe and healthy. It wasn’t always this way. Did you know that a 19th-century doctor in Vienna, Ignaz Semmelweis, lost his job and credibility because he insisted everyone under him wash his hands before handling maternity ward patients?

You’re probably wondering how this relates to human resources or HR courses.

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Professional Development: A Must to Advance

Professional knowledge decays. According to Martín-J. Sepúlveda, as cited in a 2017 Harvard Medical School (HMS) article, the half-life of medical knowledge at this writing should be around 73 days. Simply put, a medical professional can expect half of his medical knowledge gone in 73 days. When HMS published the article, the medical knowledge half-life was at 18-24 months.

Medical science does not have a monopoly on this trend of accelerated rate of knowledge decay. A human’s capacity to retain knowledge is limited. To make things worse, he must now take in an overwhelming amount of information. Modern developments have also rendered moot, irrelevant, or false what people might have deemed unassailable in the past. Case in point: handwashing.

Thus, all professionals, including HR professionals, must play a game of catch-up. They have to strive hard just to remain half as proficient as they were a few years back.

If a professional has to strive so hard to remain in place, how much more does he have to do if he wishes to advance?

Now that you appreciate how much hard work it must take to advance in any profession, what do you need to do to grow in the HR profession?

Yes, you can take HR courses. Human resource courses will Strengthen your knowledge, develop your skills, and provide you credentials that will help you ascend the HR career ladder.

HR Courses to Strengthen (and Prove) Your HR Knowledge and Skills

These are four HR courses you should consider taking if you’re an HR professional in Abu Dhabi.

  1. Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP)

This Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) United Kingdom (UK) approved course will help refresh and validate your HR knowledge. It will help you master the skills you need to perform the day-to-day tasks of an HR professional.

Coverage

The course will help review and add to your knowledge in the following subject matter areas:

  • HR Policy
  • Recruitment
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Performance Management
  • UAE Labor Law
  • Training & Development
  • Succession Planning
  • Employee Engagement
  • Termination & Exit Interview

Is it for you?

If you are working in the HR department and wish to advance your HR knowledge or learn a better and more efficient way of doing things, you need this course. It will teach you specific practical skills you may readily apply in the workplace.

This course should also prove helpful even if you are not in HR. If you’re an undergraduate student planning a career in HR, a new graduate looking for HR work, or someone looking to make a lateral transfer into HR, you should take this course.

  1. Management Development Program

This is another ILM UK-approved course. This is a course for low-level, mid-level, and executive-level managers.

An HR manager should find this particularly beneficial because this will teach him how to effectively manage his HR team (or the entire HR department, if he’s the head of people in his company). The managerial knowledge and skills he will gain from this course can inform his HR programs and initiatives, specifically how to use motivation to enhance employee productivity, development, and performance.

Coverage

This course covers the following topics:

  • A Psychological Approach
  • Object–Oriented Theory
  • Using Reinforcement Theory
  • Using Expectancy Theory
  • Personality’s Role in Motivation
  • Setting Goals
  • A Personal Toolbox
  • Motivation on the Job
  • Addressing Specific Morale Issues
  • Keeping Yourself Motivated

Is it for you?

This is for you if you are in a position that manages people. Unit supervisors, team managers, department heads, and anyone with a managerial post will benefit from this course. This course is particularly apt if you are a new manager or have been in management but have had no formal management training.

In particular, HR managers and executives will find this course helpful because they can apply what they will learn here in their programs and activities targeting managerial employees.

  1. Team Work and Team Building

The Team Work and Team Building course will teach managers how to establish better communication and cooperation among their team members (themselves included). It will provide team managers and supervisors with a framework they can use as a basis for team development and provide examples of team-building activities, including the context in which they are most appropriate.

Coverage

This course covers the following topics:

  • Defining Success
  • Types of Teams
  • Forming: The First Stage of Team Development
  • Storming: The Second Stage of Team Development
  • Norming: The Third Stage of Team Development
  • Performing: The Fourth Stage of Team Development
  • Team Building Activities
  • Making the Most of Team Meetings
  • Solving Problems as a Team
  • Encouraging Teamwork

Is it for you?

Any manager, unit head, supervisor — anyone who manages a team of people — will benefit from better communication and cooperation among his team members and should find this course practical.

HR professionals, in particular, can take this course to learn about the theory and practice of team work and team building. This will help them develop programs and implement activities that will Strengthen the team dynamics in their respective companies.

  1. Employee Motivation

The ultimate goal of human resource management and development is to maximize the return on the company’s human capital (i.e., employees) investment. Any HR professional should be able to confirm this.

This course, therefore, is essential to any practicing HR professional. After all, employee motivation is significantly and positively associated with productivity (Nimusima & Tumwine, 2016).

The course will teach you different motivation frameworks (object-oriented, reinforcement, expectancy, etc.) you can use as a basis for creating programs and policies to Strengthen employee motivation.

Coverage

This course will cover the following topics:

  • A Psychological Approach
  • Object–Oriented Theory
  • Using Reinforcement Theory
  • Using Expectancy Theory
  • Personality’s Role in Motivation
  • Setting Goals
  • A Personal Toolbox
  • Motivation on the Job
  • Addressing Specific Morale Issues
  • Keeping Yourself Motivated

Is it for you?

The Employee Motivation course is for you if you are an HR professional who wants a practical and practicable approach to motivating employees.

Continuing Education for Professional Development

Knowledge has an expiration date. Years from now, what you know today may no longer be valid or relevant. There are also certain things you don’t know; for instance, did you know that brain training can Strengthen employee productivity?

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Killexams : Women, Divorce & Retirement: Post-Divorce Financial Planning Leads to Best Outcome

In this episode of our ongoing Women, Divorce, and Retirement series, our expert provides tips for achieving your financial goals post-divorce.

By Mary Helen Gillespie

“June,” 75, says her post-divorce retirement financial lifestyle exceeds her original expectations. Learn how she managed her personal finance challenges to achieve these goals in the 25 years since her divorce.

Has your divorce financially impacted your retirement plans?

Yes.

Did you hire a financial adviser, a CPA, or another finance professional to help you plan your retirement needs during the divorce proceedings?

Yes. I checked out three different advisers, gave them each $10,000, and told them in one year I’d make a choice about which one to use. Have still used the winner for over 25 years and he’s like one of my kids.

Was your divorce attorney concerned about your retirement finances? Was the divorce judge?

Yes, they both were. Their focus: I was 50 years old at the time and needed to plan for retirement.

How would you describe the quality of your financial life post-divorce?

It’s better than expected. I followed a frugal lifestyle, took investment courses, and watched my accounts daily for abnormal behavior. My style is to be consistent; I can’t handle huge upswings and huge downswings. I also went back to school to learn more about finance and investing.

What other information would you like to share with women in similar situations?

Be aware of what you have and how to make the most of it. If you get involved with a significant other, don’t sign anything with them. And be aware of what can happen to your finances if you do get remarried.

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We asked Philip Herzberg, CFP®, CDFA®, CTFA, AEP®, lead financial advisor at Team Hewins, for his thoughts on June’s situation. 

As a divorcing baby boomer or Generation Xer, you may face the complicated retirement planning predicament of splitting your accumulated assets and related investment accounts. After seeking the guidance of a qualified attorney who is knowledgeable about pertinent state laws on splitting assets, you can work with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional to evaluate your retirement planning options and build a sound foundation for your later-in-life finances.

Following are some considerations for handling the financial planning challenges of divorce and enhancing the likelihood of a fulfilling life.

For women currently facing challenges:

  1. Prioritize establishing a sturdy safety net in the event of an unforeseen job loss or medical event.
  2. Fortify an emergency fund with at least six months of non-discretionary living expenses in cash.
  3. Appropriately assess your life and health insurance needs, as catastrophic bills can possibly be the most significant threat to sustaining family retirement planning and wealth.
  4. Confirm that you have updated all your designated primary and contingent beneficiaries on your insurance policies and tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts, including your Roth/Traditional 401(k), IRA, and Roth IRA.
  5. Should you, as the custodial parent keep the house or should it be sold or assigned to your divorcing spouse? As splitting the house may be more challenging than splitting up, you can factor in current economic conditions, capital gains, and post-divorce cash flow to decide whether to keep the primary residence or allot other assets. In tandem with divorce attorneys and qualified tax professionals, you should evaluate how your property will be divided in your divorce settlement, taking into account income taxes and liquidity of your marital homes and other assets.

If you have a new significant other:

You can enhance peace of mind and the quality of your new union by clarifying your financial expectations and fully disclosing the assets and liabilities you bring to the new union.

  1. Consider outlining your financial wishes and estate planning intentions in a prenuptial agreement, a contract that is especially advantageous if you own a business or have substantial assets.
  2. Clarify specific stipulations in your prenuptial agreement. You can spell out and decide whether you will file joint or separate tax returns, how you will pay your mortgage and household expenses, and what type of education your kids will receive in this premarital arrangement.
  3. A prenuptial agreement is also an invaluable financial planning tool for you in protecting the inheritance and interests of your children from a previous marriage. Without a prenuptial agreement, you and your spouse will be subject to the property settlement laws and elective-share rules of the state in which you reside. While a prenuptial agreement perhaps does not sound romantic immediately before a remarriage, safeguarding your financial future can make you happier than dealing with the stress from a possible economic and emotional nightmare.

Post-divorce income for women, especially in retirement:

As a single woman, your income and expenses may be different than when you were married. Notably, you will want to match your new income to your new lifestyle. If your expenses exceed your income, you will likely be spending down your savings or maybe incurring debt.

  1. Be sure to track and categorize where you spend your money. Since you are solely responsible for your spending goals, once you know where your money is going every month, you will know where you can cut and where you can increase. 
  2. If you are not earning enough money from a full-time job to cover living expenses, you can consider taking on an additional work-at-home job to generate additional income for your household.

What to consider while going through a divorce, regardless of wealth:

Anyone going through a divorce, especially those who are not proficient in handling their own finances, would find a significant benefit in starting financial planning during the divorce process. It can be challenging to make clear decisions during emotional turmoil. Financial planning can help visualize the short- and long-term outcomes of settlement options, as well as the potential tax implications impacting your divorce settlement.

Working with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional can help you define your goals, and then review settlement options to see which ones best support your goals. They will also help you understand the trade-offs for your decisions and where you might be susceptible. Vulnerabilities include having enough insurance to protect your net worth, specifically umbrella and long-term care to make sure a health incident does not bankrupt you, and life insurance to cover the support obligation should the provider be unable to work or passes away. In addition, estate planning is important to provide for your heirs and avoid going through costly probate.

Team Hewins, LLC (“Team Hewins”) is an SEC-registered investment adviser; however, such registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training, and no inference to the contrary should be made. We provide this information with the understanding that we are not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or tax services. We recommend that all investors seek out the services of competent professionals in any of the aforementioned areas. Certain information provided herein is based on third-party sources, which information, although believed to be accurate, has not been independently Verified by Team Hewins. Team Hewins assumes no liability for errors and omissions in the information contained herein. Certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements. Team Hewins does not certain the achievement of long-term goals in the portfolio review process. Past performance is no certain of future results, and a diversified portfolio does not certain a positive outcome. Nothing contained herein may be relied upon as a guarantee, promise, assurance, or representation as to the future.

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Learn more by watching our webinar, Retirement Daily Roundtable - Women, Divorce & Retirement: Creating Your New Personal Finance Plan, with Robert Powell and panelists Amy Shepard, Rick Fingerman, and Katie Marsden.

To find a financial professional with experience in divorce, visit the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts website.

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Killexams : Trending at Tolles: Career prep is college prep – and a great resume builder

The Columbus Dispatch 2 days ago Todd F. Hoadley

Todd F. Hoadley is the superintendent and CEO of Tolles Career & Technical Center. © Tolles Career & Technical Center Todd F. Hoadley is the superintendent and CEO of Tolles Career & Technical Center.

Today’s college-bound student needs more than a handful of AP courses and some extracurricular leadership roles to get noticed. They need real-world experience – beyond a summer job.

At Tolles Career & Technical Center, students can spend a full year, or two, learning the ropes of their chosen profession firsthand. This can provide students a leg up on their peers when it comes to college applications – and can even yield college credits.

For those unfamiliar with Tolles, we offer 20 full- and half-day career-prep programs for high-school students at our main campus in Plain City, as well as numerous satellite programs in the seven school districts we serve – including Dublin and Hilliard.

Tolles provides hands-on experience in popular fields, such as nursing, business, veterinary medicine, engineering and early-childhood education. Students on our main campus learn in real work environments, including a fully operational restaurant, community preschool, small animal-care facility, medical lab, fire lab and an auto-repair center.

At Tolles, we believe experience is the best teacher. 

Specialized career education is becoming even more valuable as labor shortages in specific industries – such as nursing, teaching and construction – translate into higher earnings. Enrollment in career-technical education is up dramatically across Ohio with Tolles, alone, welcoming about 150 more high-school juniors this fall than we did the previous school year.

To accommodate this influx of students, Tolles created additional sections in its four highest-demand programs. 

Although most students come to Tolles as juniors, we will begin offering more “senior-only” programs next school year that will provide certifications in specific fields, as well as three and a half elective credits to transfer back to the student’s home high school.

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These programs will meet for half the school day, with a choice of morning or afternoon, allowing students flexibility in scheduling courses at their home high school and even permitting senior early release.

Here’s a sneak peak at three of the “senior-only” programs we’re planning to add next fall:

  • A business program that would yield a Lean Six Sigma yellow belt, Microsoft Excel certification, a project-management certification, leadership certification and an entrepreneurial-education certificate.
  • A health-care program that gives students the choice of earning either an emergency medical technician (EMT) certification or a state tested nursing assistant (STNA) designation.
  • A drone program that would allow seniors to earn their FAA Part 107 drone license.

Want to learn more? Applications for the 2023-24 school year are now open on our website: tollestech.com. Priority enrollment ends Jan. 16. Try Tolles. We’ll help you stand out.

Todd F. Hoadley is the superintendent and CEO of Tolles Career & Technical Center, serving seven central Ohio school districts, including Dubin and Hilliard.

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Killexams : Belen Fire Department crew receive training, certifications

BELEN — Belen Fire Chief Charles Cox acknowledged and congratulated three of his crew members for attending and graduating from different training courses to better serve the citizens.

Cox said Fire Marshal Kenneth Vance attended and completed a fire inspector class in September at the National Fire Academy, and is now a certified fire inspector II.

Vance also attended the Alabama Fire College, where he was certified as a plan examiner I, and just completed his fire investigation technician course at the International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc.

BFD Lt. Christopher Martinez also attended the National Fire Academy and became certified in command and control of incident operations. He also became certified as an emergency medical technician intermediate.

Michael Wessels, the interim deputy chief, also became certified in command and control of incident operations at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

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Killexams : The Best Nutrition Tracking Apps to Help You Achieve Your Diet Goals
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If you’re like most people, you have admirable intentions when setting your health and fitness goals, but we all know how hectic life can be sometimes. Despite our best intentions, family, work and basic daily activities can get in the way of eating well and hitting the gym. If this scenario feels all too familiar, then you’ll likely benefit from the guidance and accountability of a nutrition tracking app.

As a certified sports nutrition coach and clinical weight loss practitioner, I often encourage my clients to utilize these apps, and many have found tremendous success while doing so. These apps have a variety of helpful features, from simple calorie and macro tracking to recipe recommendations, meal planning and tips for building healthier eating habits. I’ve compiled a list of the nine best nutrition tracking apps available right now, and in this article, I’ll review the features, functionalities, pros and cons to help you find the best nutrition tracker app for your needs.

This content is meant to be informative, but should not be taken as medical advice. It is not intended for use as diagnosis, prevention or treatment of health problems. Always speak with your doctor before starting any new supplement or exercise regimen.

Our Picks for the Best Nutrition Apps:

Noom

Noom is a paid nutrition app that includes individual and group coaching, along with a course curriculum focused around improving both mindset and accountability. Instead of promoting restrictive dieting, Noom is designed to create awareness of your eating habits and attitudes toward food. The goal of the app is a healthy attitude toward food and positive behavioral changes that support good eating habits.

Noom uses a stoplight approach to dieting, meaning that foods are categorized as green, yellow or red. The green foods are the least calorically dense and/or the most nutrient dense foods. Examples include fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The red foods are the most calorically dense and/or the least nutrient dense foods, and they should be eaten sparingly. Oils, nuts, fried foods and cheeseburgers are all examples of red food. The yellow foods fall somewhere in the middle, and are likely the foods that make up the bulk of your diet. They include lean meats, eggs, beans and low-fat dairy. The color designations don’t represent good or bad foods; instead, they correspond to the foods that should make up a large, medium and small part of your daily diet.

Related: Noom Diet Review: Is Noom The Right Weight Loss App for You?

Pros:

  • As part of their commitment to education, a Noom subscription includes a series of 10 mini-courses that you can complete at your own pace. Interactive lessons include a variety of topics, including goal setting, stress relief, gratitude, joyful movement, breathing exercises, self-care, triggers, types of hunger and more.
  • The Noom app doesn’t rule out any particular foods, and instead uses a stoplight approach to represent the foods that should be prioritized or eaten in moderation.
  • Noom includes both one-on-one and group coaching, as well as a peer group to help you on your healthy eating journey.

Cons:

  • The Noom app recommends weighing yourself daily, which may be a turn-off for some.
  • Noom doesn’t offer specific meal plans, which may be helpful to some users.
  • This app tracks calories, but doesn’t indicate the macronutrient profile of the foods.

App Store & Google Play Ranking

The Noom app has over 10 million downloads on the Google Play store, and it earns 4.3/5 stars from Android users. On the Apple App Store, Noom has 4.7/5 stars and over 730,000 reviews from iPhone users.

Subscription Details

The Noom app is a subscription-based plan. After the initial seven day trial, Noom costs $59 per month or $199 for the year.


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DoFasting

The DoFasting app was created to make intermittent fasting simple for beginners. For those unfamiliar with the concept of intermittent fasting, it’s a cyclical dietary approach that alternates between periods of eating and fasting throughout the day. The most common is the 16:8 approach, in which you have eight consecutive hours to consume all of your calories over the course of a 24 hour day.

The app's primary feature is a customizable fasting schedule and timer, but it also includes weight, water, steps and calorie tracking features. Some potential benefits of fasting include easier weight loss, improved markers of health and reduced inflammation.

Pros:

  • The app has over 5,000 healthy recipes to help Strengthen your nutrition; however, some reviewers wish the recipes had a better search feature and filter for certain foods.
  • The app uses daily reminders and motivational notifications for improved accountability.
  • The DoFasting app includes a library of workouts that are suitable for all ages and skill levels.
  • App tracking features include weight, water, steps and calories.

Cons:

  • Intermittent fasting is not advised for athletes who need a constant supply of energy for sports and activity.
  • If you miss a day of food tracking or forget to input a meal, you can’t return to a previous day to input or adjust the data.
  • Some users are currently having trouble with the app crashing on them or logging them out.

App Store & Google Play Ranking

The DoFasting app has a 4.3/5 star rating on the Google Play store and a 3.7/5 star rating on the Apple App Store.

Subscription Details

DoFasting is a subscription-based app that offers one-month, three-month and six-month plans. The one-month plan costs around $34 dollars, and the six-month plan is around $10 dollars per month.


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WW app

WW (formerly Weight Watchers) centers around a proprietary food points system that replaces conventional calorie and nutrient tracking. The concept includes a PersonalPoints budget that tells you how many points you have available on a daily basis. WW assigns point values to foods based on their nutritional profile, and you fit them into your meal plan. The Premier package includes an individualized plan built for each member based on their lifestyle and dietary preferences. It includes a personalized ZeroPoints foods list, which mainly includes nutrient dense foods that are very difficult to overeat.

One area where WW excels is community support. WW hosts meetings for users to discuss their weight loss journeys, encourage each other and celebrate wins. This social support has been shown to increase program adherence and generate better long-term weight loss results. The WW app is available on both the Apple iOS store and the Google Play store, and the app can sync with other weight loss apps and smartwatches, including Fitbit, Garmin and Apple Watch (to name a few). Check out our WW Review if you're interested in more details regarding this program.

Pros:

  • WW is great for people who enjoy a community centered approach to weight loss.
  • On-demand exercise videos are available in the app, and are suitable for different ages and skill levels.
  • There are no off-limit foods in the WW app program.
  • The app houses thousands of meatless recipes and a plant-based cookbook for vegans and vegetarians.

Cons:

  • There is no free version of the app.
  • It may be difficult to adjust to the points system style, especially since the ZeroPoints foods are based upon what you select at the start of your program. Additionally, just because there are food items that are ZeroPoints doesn’t mean that they are calorie free. In theory, you could definitely overeat on these ZeroPoint foods and no longer be in a caloric deficit necessary for weight loss.
  • This program might also dissuade people from eating a variety of different foods because once they find a consistent pattern of foods that fits their allotted daily points they might be wary of switching it up.

App Store & Google Play Ranking

WW has a 4.6/5 star rating with over 10 million downloads on the Google Play store and a 4.8/5 star rating on the Apple iOS Store.

Subscription Details

Weight Watchers offers two membership options: Core, which is a nutrition plan and essentials toolkit designed to help you eat healthier ($23/month) and Premium, which is a customized nutrition plan that comes with unlimited support, live coaching, workshops and community groups ($45/month).


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Numi by Nutrisystem_Source geekbeat.tv

Nutrisystem is a weight loss program where users choose a nutrition plan and are delivered pre-made meals and snacks five or seven days a week. The plans also include individual guidance for your nutritional goals. Depending on the plan, you’ll receive one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner and one snack each day. The meals are designed to help you lose an average of one to two pounds per week when you follow one of the weight loss plans.

The NuMi app from Nutrisystem is a convenient way to track your daily meals, discover healthy recipes and manage your Nutrisystem account. You don’t need to participate in a Nutrisystem plan in order to obtain and use the NuMi app. It functions similarly to other calorie trackers, and has a huge database of different food options available for you to choose from. It also can help suggest food items to incorporate for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, so you can prepare well-balanced meals.

Pros:

  • You don’t need a Nutrisystem meal plan subscription to utilize the NuMi app.
  • The app helps suggest foods that create well-balanced meals.
  • The app has an extensive recipe list designed to help you achieve your health goals.
  • The app allows you to track your daily activity and weight loss progress (including photos). It also sends daily reminders for you to eat and drink water, and allows you to order Nutrisystem meals directly from the app.

Cons:

  • You can’t change your suggested daily calories in the app.
  • If you choose to utilize their meal-plan subscription, meals are shipped monthly rather than weekly, so you need to have a lot of space in your fridge, freezer and pantry for the meals.

App Store & Google Play Ranking

NuMi has a 3.6/5 star rating and 500,000 downloads on the Google Play store. On the Apple iOS Store, it has a 4.6/5 star rating.

Subscription Details

The NuMi app is completely free to use. If you want to incorporate the Nutrisystem meals into your plan, then the price ranges from $9.99 to around $18 dollars per day.


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Cronometer_Source Cronometer

Cronometer is beneficial for people looking to understand the nutritional quality of the foods that they’re eating. The primary difference between Cronometer and other calorie counting apps is the comprehensive nutrient tracker that helps you to not only hit your calorie and macronutrient goals, but also your daily vitamins and minerals. This is especially helpful for athletes looking to maximize their performance through ensuring an optimal amino acid and micronutrient profile. 

Cronometer also uses the USDA nutritional information for their food database, so the tracking information is very accurate. Similar to other apps, Cronometer allows you to sync with most fitness tracker apps and devices like Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Health and Google Fit.

Pros:

  • You can manually add your own recipes into the app, and even directly import recipes from websites if you upgrade to Cronometer Gold.
  • The Cronometer app tracks many different metrics for your foods, including vitamins, minerals, fiber, carbohydrates, lipids and amino acid profiles.
  • The app allows the use of your camera as a barcode scanner to quickly add food to your food journal.
  • In addition to nutrient and calorie intake tracking, the Cronometer app allows you to easily add and track your exercise.

Cons:

  • The Cronometer app has a smaller food database than other tracking apps (but it’s still very comprehensive).
  • The app doesn’t save frequently entered foods or nutrition labels the way health apps like MyFitnessPal do.

App Store & Google Play Ranking

Cronometer has a 4.6/5 star rating with over one million downloads on the Google Play store and a 4.7/5 star rating on the Apple iOS Store.

Subscription Details

There is a free version of Cronometer as well as a subscription based plan called Cronometer Gold that costs $8.99 per month or $49.99 annually ($4.16 per month). The Gold membership gives you perks that include a completely ad-free user interface, a fasting timer, a recipe importer from your favorite websites, food suggestions to help you reach nutritional requirements, custom charts/graphs and insights and more.


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MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal (MFP) is one of the best free nutrition tracking apps for helping you stay accountable and focused on your goals. The app is intuitive and easy to use, and has some nice features to get you started. You begin by inputting your current weight and goal weight, along with your weekly goal of either gaining or losing up to two pounds per week. The app will then determine optimal calorie and macronutrient goals for you. (These values can be adjusted by you, too.) Once your goal setting is complete, you can head over to your food diary and easily enter the foods you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. There are even places for you to input your daily exercise and water intake.

One of my favorite features of the MyFitnessPal app is the nutritional value pie chart that shows how much of each macronutrient and micronutrient you’ve eaten during the day and how many more you need to hit your daily goals. This is very helpful when trying to round out your daily food intake, since you can factor in your deficits as you round out your meal planner. While not as thorough as Cronometer, MFP does track your daily intake of fiber, sugar, cholesterol, some of the main vitamins and minerals and saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and trans fats. This is definitely one of my favorite nutrition tracking apps.

Pros:

  • Has a robust database for easy food logging.
  • Includes macronutrient and calorie recommendations to either maintain, gain or lose weight.
  • Syncs with almost all activity and fitness tracking devices, and allows you to track your workouts.

Cons:

  • The MFP app allows individual users to enter foods into the database and input the calories and macronutrient values. This can cause certain options to be input incorrectly into the database. It’s advised to choose only foods with green check marks next to them to ensure the calorie and macronutrient values have been Verified by the app.
  • The app and website often don’t sync correctly, so if you input information on one, it likely won’t appear on the other.

App Store & Google Play Ranking

MyFitnessPal has a 4.2/5 star rating with over 100 million downloads on the Google Play store, and a 4.7/5 star rating on the Apple iOS Store.

Subscription Details

The basic version of MyFitnessPal is free, but there’s a premium version for $19.99 per month or $79.99 per year. The premium version of the app offers food analysis, the camera barcode scanner, an ad-free experience, the ability to set macronutrient goals by the gram and more.


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MyPlate Calorie Counter_Source Livestrong

The MyPlate Calorie Counter app was created by the Livestrong group, not to be confused with the MyPlate.gov website from the USDA. The user interface is very easy to follow and similar to other nutrition trackers like MyFitnessPal. They have a large food database, and when you input your food, it tracks your calories, macronutrients, cholesterol, fiber, sodium and sugar. Any additional micronutrient data requires upgrading to the Gold membership.

The app includes the use of the camera barcode scanner, which is a fantastic feature used to quickly scan items or create your own custom foods in the app. Other free features of the app include daily nutrition charts, daily caloric and macronutrient breakdowns and net calories by day, week, etc., as well as daily exercise and water intake tracking.

Pros:

  • The MyPlate Calorie Counter app includes a community forum that provides peer support and motivation.
  • If you join a program, you can access an eight-week meal plan created by nutritionist Keri Glassman. The meal plan consists of simple and easy to prepare meals that are low in calories and still taste great.
  • You can easily create and enter recipes into the app. Just choose the number of servings a recipe makes, and the app will take care of the math for you.

Cons:

  • Users need to upgrade to the Gold membership to see the micronutrient values for the foods they’re eating.
  • Some members have reported inconsistencies in the food database, saying that some foods have incorrect calories or macronutrients listed.
  • The food database isn’t as robust as other apps, and users occasionally can’t find the foods they're scanning into the app.

App Store & Google Play Ranking

MyPlate Calorie Counter has a 4.6/5 star rating with over one million downloads on the Google Play store. It has a 4.7/5 star rating on the Apple iOS Store.

Subscription Details

The base version of the app is completely free to download. Individuals can then decide if they would like to upgrade to a Gold membership in order to explore some added benefits, including macronutrients by meal, nutrient density scores, ad-free interface, a clean-eating guide and more in-depth statistics tracking. The Gold Membership costs $9.99 per month or $44.99 for the year.


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MyNetDiary_Source MyNetDiary

MyNetDiary is another free nutrition tracking app that’s easy to use if you’re looking to track calories and macronutrients. The basic version of the app allows you to enter your food and water intake and daily exercise. It also includes a daily diet analysis, a recipe importer from other websites, a recipe database, a meal planner shopping list and a camera barcode scanner. Reviewers rave about the diet analysis features of the app and enormous food database that’s easy to use. They also really enjoy the PhotoFood service that allows users to scan the barcode of products and upload photos of the food labels into the app. You can even send menu photos from a restaurant with the restaurant's URL, and the MyNetDiary team will add these foods into the database.

Another useful free tool is called Grocery Check. When using this tool, you scan the barcode of a food item using your phone’s camera, and MyNetDiary displays the product’s grade, calories, nutrients and macros chart, thus helping consumers to make an informed decision when shopping. All these features combine to create one of the best nutrition tracking apps currently available.

Pros:

  • MyNetDiary will guide you with personalized tips, diet advice and feedback. It also includes diet analysis with detailed information about daily nutrient intake.
  • There is no email address sign-up required to use the app.
  • The app is compatible with wearables like Garmin, Samsung Health, Apple Watch, Fitbit and Google Fit.
  • There is a completely ad-free interface for both the free and premium versions of the app.

Cons:

  • The diet plans and premium recipes are behind a paywall.
  • There is no micronutrient tracking without the premium version.
  • The app doesn’t have any workout plans.

App Store & Google Play Ranking

MyNetDiary has a 4.7/5 star rating with over one million downloads on the Google Play store. It has a 4.8/5 star rating on the Apple iOS Store.

Subscription Details

The basic version of this app is free, but there's also MyNetDiary Premium, which costs $8.99 per month or $59.99 per year. The Premium option includes 13 advanced tracking and analysis tools. For example, the Nutrient Planning tool allows you to select from up to 45 additional nutrients to track, and the AutoPilot tool automatically adjusts your daily caloric intake targets when your body weight changes.


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Ovia Pregnancy Tracker_Source Ovia Health

The Ovia Pregnancy app is an all-in-one pregnancy tracker that has a baby development tracker, a calendar, a due date countdown, medication reminders and food and activity logs. Since this is a nutrition tracking review, I’m going to focus on the nutrition component of the app.

As we know, nutritional needs change during pregnancy in order to support a healthy mom and growing baby. However, figuring out exactly what you can and can’t eat during this time can feel overwhelming, especially if this is your first pregnancy. The Ovia Pregnancy app simplifies this process and makes it easy to ensure that you’re getting the nutrients that both you and your baby need for a healthy pregnancy. Specifically, the app suggests recipes and nutrients that will help to support fetal development, and it includes a food safety guide and helpful articles regarding pregnancy nutrition and health.

Pros:

  • Ovia is a completely free app with no subscription plans required.
  • The app promotes a comprehensive approach to the health of pregnant women and their babies.
  • The app comes with a food safety guide for pregnant women.

Cons:

  • There are frequent in-app advertisements.
  • This app lacks tracking data points and trend analysis.

App Store & Google Play Ranking

Ovia Pregnancy Tracker has a 4.7/5 star rating with over one million downloads on the Google Play store, and a 4.9/5 star rating on the Apple iOS Store.

Subscription Details

This app is completely free to obtain and use. At this time there are no in-app purchases or subscription plans available.


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Why Use A Nutrition App?

Nutrition apps are excellent tools that can help you achieve your wellness goals through a healthy diet. They function in a variety of different ways, including calorie counting, nutrient tracking, educational courses, blog articles and even helping to keep you accountable through daily and weekly check-ins and reminders.

I personally have found these apps to be extremely effective in helping my clients learn about serving sizes and how many calories are actually in the foods they’re consuming on a daily basis. For example, food items such as condiments, dressings and cooking oils are not calorie free and often go unaccounted for when determining daily caloric intake. People are shocked to learn what a tablespoon of peanut butter really looks like, or that their salad with dressing is double or even triple the calories that they expected. These realizations are incredibly important, especially for people with weight loss goals.

How We Chose the Best Nutrition Apps

I chose nutrition apps that have lots of different brands and food items in their databases—that way, their nutrition information is more likely to be accurate. Additionally, I picked apps that have well designed user interfaces that are intuitive to understand and use. Versatility is also a critical component to a well-designed nutrition app. In most cases, simply tracking the calories in a food isn’t enough information to help someone achieve their goals. That’s why the majority of the apps on this list include features like macro and micronutrient tracking, hydration protocols, healthy recipes, workout plans and informational courses.

Finally, customer reviews are very important to consider when deciding which nutrition apps to use. I read through user reviews, and encourage you to read reviews on the Google Play or Apple App store to determine which app you want to download. The reviews provide a lot of insight regarding the user interface, the overall experience and any potential red flags or buggy software.

How to Choose the Best Nutrition App For You

Nutritional Goals

The three questions I like to ask my clients when determining their nutritional goals are: Where are you now? Where do you want to be? How are you going to get there? In my opinion, these are the most important questions you need to answer before beginning your health and wellness journey, much less choosing the best nutrition app for you.

Nutrition apps are designed to help with the “How are you going to get there?” phase of your journey. When choosing, think about the features of a nutrition app that will best help you to achieve your personal goals. Is simply tracking your calories and macronutrients effective? Or do you need a specific system or plan to follow? Maybe you need a coach who you can ask specific questions and who can help keep you accountable. Once you have these questions answered, you can choose the app that will best suit your needs.

Weight Loss Goals

Having a weight loss goal is one of the primary reasons people begin using a nutrition app in the first place. However, the true benefit of these apps isn’t simply weight loss, but developing the healthy habits and routines that lead to long-term beneficial health outcomes. This is an important distinction because the real goal is developing a healthier lifestyle, with weight loss being the happy side effect. Luckily, the use of these apps have been shown to improve diet and weight loss outcomes, especially when utilized in conjunction with physical activity.

Diet Preferences

When used correctly, the nutrition apps on this list will accommodate just about any dietary preferences that you might have (gluten-free, paleo diet, keto diet, low-carb diet, etc.). In most cases, these apps are not telling you exactly what to eat; instead, they allow you to track the foods that you are consuming in order to understand the amount of calories and nutrients they contain.

Features

The majority of nutrition apps focus on calorie counting and nutrient tracking. Others provide some additional benefits like nutrition education and psychological benefits centered around mindful eating. One app on this list was even created specifically for people who are pregnant. No matter what you're looking for, you can find an app that suits your specific needs.

Rating

Since these apps are available via the Apple or Google Play app stores, they have thousands of downloads and reviews. Check these ratings and reviews before deciding on an app. The reviews often contain valuable information regarding whether or not the app is a good fit for your needs.

Endorsements

Certain apps are endorsed by athletes or celebrities, but this shouldn’t be a deciding factor in which app to choose. Instead, you should focus on the features and functionalities the app provides and how they align with your personalized goals.

Cost

Some of the apps on this list are completely free to obtain and offer upgraded packages for a monthly fee. Others are subscription based services or require a one-time fee to join. Ultimately, choosing the best food tracking and nutrition app comes down to what you think will provide the best results. If you’re looking for a simple, free tracker, then MyFitnessPal, Cronometer and MyNetDiary are great options. If you want an app that’s more in-depth or want to unlock specific features behind a paywall, then go for an app with a subscription plan, like Noom or WW.

Nutrition App FAQS

Is there an app that tracks all nutrients?

If you’re looking for apps that go beyond calorie counting, then I suggest using either MyFitnessPal or Cronometer. Both of these apps offer excellent free versions with subscription plan offerings with added benefits. They also allow you to set your daily macronutrient goals and track a variety of different micronutrients like vitamins and minerals.

How do I track my daily nutrition?

The majority of the nutrition apps on this list enable you to add the foods and serving sizes that you’re consuming. Then, the apps will track your calories, macronutrients and even micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. The apps either have a stored database where you can select the exact foods you’re eating, or they can estimate the nutritional value of foods that you manually enter. MyFitnessPal is a great example: You can use your phone to scan the barcode of the food you are eating, and it will populate the calories and nutrients for you (this feature is behind the subscription paywall).

Final Thoughts

Nutrition apps can be a big asset in your health or weight loss journey. Simply logging what you eat can cause you to think twice before eating certain foods. For the best results, be very diligent about recording your food and beverages, including snacks, cooking oils, condiments and extras like coffee creamer. These “hidden foods'' can be what’s hindering you from reaching your nutritional goals. 

Also, be aware that nutrition apps can potentially increase disordered eating behaviors. If you notice that you’re very preoccupied with hitting the exact number of recommended calories or that you feel like a failure when you don’t hit your numbers, it may be a sign that you should take a break from using a nutrition app. However, in most cases, using a nutrition app can be an incredibly effective tool to help you reach your health goals and develop better eating habits.

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SINGAPORE - One of the biggest problems pre-school teacher Nicole Chin has faced in the last 1½ years is that it is a struggle for her to go on medical leave when she is unwell.

She said the lack of relief teachers who can take over the class if she is sick makes her feel guilty about taking time off.

Ms Chin, 21, who works for a private pre-school, said: “Taking leave causes stress for other teachers as we usually have only just enough teachers for each class. There are no extra teachers around to do relief work.”

This is one of the pain points Ms Chin and seven other pre-school teachers talked about amid an ongoing review of the pre-school sector.

On Oct 29, Social and Family Development Minister Masagos Zulkifli said the Government is making changes aimed at improving the well-being and working conditions of early childhood educators.

These include reviewing the need for centres to open on Saturdays – an issue linked directly to the work-life balance of pre-school teachers.

Another aspect under review is whether taking leave can be made easier for teachers by growing a pool of relief teachers.

Mr Masagos also said that early childhood educators in government-supported pre-schools can expect a 10 per cent to 30 per cent salary increase over the next two years.

This means pre-school teachers can earn monthly salaries of between $2,900 and $6,600 by 2024, depending on their experience, skills and work performance.

One pre-school teacher, who asked to remain anonymous, said she often has to work on weekends and prepare lessons because there is not enough time set aside for such tasks during the work week.

She has even heard of teachers being chided for taking medical leave, she added.

And if she wants to use her annual leave, she has to write in six months in advance, she told The Straits Times.

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“A lot of teachers are leaving the early-childhood sector despite them starting out with a lot of passion,” she said.

In October, the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) said the annual attrition rate in the sector has been between 10 per cent and 15 per cent over the last few years, in a workforce of about 23,000 people.

One teacher, who asked to be known as Jane, said she is planning to leave the industry after 10 years as she has seen little progression in terms of salary while having to deal with demanding parents and the daily pressures of the job.

She quoted an instance when she did not get back to a parent who had texted her over a long weekend. The parent was infuriated and sent her messages calling her inadequate.

Jane, who works for a private operator, said she is sceptical about her employer raising salaries. Even if her pay goes up, the increase may not be enough to offset the rising cost of living, she added.

“I can’t see myself staying in this role for another five years,” she said.

Aside from retaining teachers, the sector will also need to attract new ones.

Mr Masagos said the sector will need another 3,500 teachers by 2025. ECDA expects three-quarters of this growth to come from mid-career entrants.  

In response to queries, ECDA said the early childhood sector had an average of about 2,500 mid-career job seekers per year enrolling in certification courses over the past five years.

This is an increase of 20 per cent in enrolment since 2017, it said, adding that the majority of those who completed the courses joined the sector.

It said: “ECDA encourages interested mid-career job seekers to apply for the Early Childhood Career Conversion Programme (ECCCP) offered by the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) or KLC International Institute (KLCII), which will help match them with pre-school operators.”

Apart from the ECCCP, mid-career job seekers can enrol in early childhood certification courses offered by NIEC and private training agencies to become early childhood educators.

One teacher who made the switch to the pre-school sector is Mr Reuben Cheng, 48, a former public servant who changed careers seven years ago.

Mr Cheng, whose old job involved connecting businesses with infrastructure, said he went into early childhood education to follow his passion for helping children with special needs, which he discovered while volunteering at church.

Mr Cheng, who is married but does not have children of his own, specialises in early intervention for children with special needs, and transitioned into the sector by getting a diploma at a polytechnic.

He now works in the Fei Yue Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children, and he credits the centre’s robust training and support with helping him to adapt to the new role.

He said: “We work in the team with various kinds of therapists as well as the teachers.

“I am also able to use my previous work experience when it comes to communicating with and helping to educate parents about their children... I find it really rewarding to see the children making little improvements as time passes.”

For his efforts, Mr Cheng was given the Outstanding Early Intervention Professional Award at the Early Childhood Celebrations on Oct 29.

This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

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