“Georgia On Your Mind”
Georgia evokes images of stately “Gone With the Wind” plantations, live oaks draped in Spanish moss and fried green tomatoes, butter beans and sweet tea served up with a Southern drawl. Today’s Georgia is in many ways the epitome of the “New South” - a South that is cosmopolitan, forward-thinking and innovative, while retaining its laid-back Southern charm and warm Southern hospitality. Reminders of the past abound and are carefully preserved for posterity. The Ocmulgee earthen mounds built a millenium ago by a native culture at Macon and three Confederate leaders on horseback carved into one of the earth’s largest granite masses at Stone Mountain, both speak to the diversity of traditions and sometime inglorious history that make Georgia unique.
Where else can you celebrate Dublin’s “St. Patrick’s Festival” in March, Baxley’s “Tree Fest” in April, Bainbridge’s “Swine Time Festival” in May, and Jesup’s “Arch Fest” in October? Where else can you find the world’s largest college campus and the only natural forest within a U.S. city limits, except in Rome? Where else can you live in the “Marriage Capital of the World” or the“Hollywood of the South” or the “Reading Capital of the World” except in Folkston, Covington, and Tifton respectively? Where else covered 66% by forest, do you find cities like Nashville “City of Dogwoods”, Conyers “City of Crepe Myrtles” and Quitman “Camellia City”? Where else can you visit the world’s largest indoor aquarium, America’s largest number of gorillas and orangutans, President Carter’s Library and Martin Luther King and Margaret Mitchell’s homes? Where else can you walk 40 feet high among the trees in botanical gardens, tour the CNN studios and try to crack the secret formula at the World of Coca Cola? Atlanta, Atlanta, Atlanta, Atlanta, Atlanta, Atlanta!!!
So if Georgia has been on your mind contact the Centra Team by web, download our mobile app, go to our Facebook page or call us at 800 535 0076 and see what great jobs this “peach” of a state has to offer!
Dance: Mind and Matter
A gem of a movie, “Silver Linings Playbook” is bringing the issue of mental health,and how we treat it, once again out of the recesses and into the forefront of American psyches. It not so subtly suggests that focused physical activity, in this case dance, should be a part of any therapy plan for a variety of mental health syndromes, in this case bipolar disorder. The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) defines dance therapy as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.” As with other expressive therapies, dance enables an individual to express or confront their conscious/subconscious feelings and thoughts. But dance is mind-body centric, involving a physicality that increases endorphins, improves focus, reduces stress levels, and enhances general well-being, perhaps more than alternative strategies.
Are you are a PT or OT with a passion for dance? Then you might want to explore an advanced degree in Dance/movement Therapy. The Bureau of Labor Statistic estimates that Certified Dance Therapists will increase in numbers 15% by the year 2018. There are currently six ADTA approved programs in the U.S. :
- Antioch University, Keene, NH
- Columbia College, Chicago, IL
- Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
- Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
- Naropa University, Boulder, CO
- Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Check out these specific institutions if you are looking for a trending career opportunity. Not yet ready for a full degree program? Centra can help you enhance your own mind body connections, simplify your job search and help you find an employer who shares your interests.
“To Be Rather Than to Seem” - North Carolina
It is unclear whether the state’s nickname derives from its earliest exports, tar and turpentine... or from the tenacity of its fighting men in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. “Tarheels” are universally proud of the role they played in the formation of this country, both economically and militarily, traditions that continue to this day. North Carolina boasts great natural beauty - from its majestic mountains to its nationally renowned beaches. These contribute to its reputation as a sportsman’s paradise that can be enjoyed year-round thanks to a mild climate. Home to The Biltmore Estate, the largest private American residence and Kitty Hawk, site of the first powered air flight, North Carolina’s strong economic history and support of innovation make it a great place for therapists to live and to work!
North Carolina offers both the friendliness of small town living, in towns like Elkin, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or more cosmopolitan atmospheres, in towns like Gastonia. You can attend Scottish Highland Games in Laurinburg or celebrate German heritage at The New Year’s Shooters in Cherryville. See the largest sand dune on the East Coast in Nags Head or native Venus Flytraps in Hampstead. You can support our armed services in Havelock, home of Cherry Point, the world’s largest Marine Corps Air Station; in Fayetteville, home of Ft. Bragg, America’s largest Army installation; or in Warsaw, home of the oldest consecutive Veterans Day celebration. Attend “Merlefest”, the world’s largest folk and bluegrass music festival in Wilkesboro or “Mayberry Days” in Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mt. Airy.
Want to enjoy this and much more that North Carolina has to offer? Call Centra at 800 535 0076 and let us make “The Old North State” your next great career opportunity.
“Give Me Louisiana” Doralice Fontaine:
There is much more to Louisiana than hurricanes (the drink) and Mardi Gras, although indulging in both is an essential lifetime experience. Go beyond the confines of New Orleans’ French Quarter and Baton Rouge’s LSU campus, and you will find a fishermen’s/boaters’ paradise, historical plantations and Civil War sites, as well as amazing music and foods that pay tribute to Louisiana’s mix of French, Spanish, Native American and African ancestries. Did you know that Louisiana is also the U.S.’s 2nd largest producer of natural gas, its largest producer of oysters and crawfish, and its largest handler of grain exports to the world market?
No matter what your interests/passions, the “Pelican State” can fulfill them. Gourmands can indulge in beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans or boiled crawfish at C’Est Bon in Jennings. Music lovers can trace the roots of the blues, gospel, R&B, country and rockabilly at the Delta Music Museum in Ferriday. A history buff? In Leesville tour the Fort Polk Military Museum and in DeRidder see one of a handful of Gothic Revival jailhouses whose cells each had a toilet, shower, sink and window. Can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Don’t worry, Alexandria grandly celebrates this official holiday with 3 parades, and also holds “Cenlabration”on labor Day weekend - the largest Central Louisiana festival honoring local heritage and culture.
Want to be a part of all this and much more that Louisiana has to offer? If you are a Nursing Manager, OT, PT, RN, Rehab Manager or SLP call the Centra Team at 800 535 0076 and we will help you “Let the Good Times Roll”!
The Internet is abuzz with a report in the British paper, “The Daily Telegraph”, of a University of Westminster study linking an hour and a half of horror movie watching with calorie burning equivalent to a half hour walk. Just viewing the infamous “Here’s Johnny” scene in “The Shining” caused participants to burn 184 calories, while “Jaws”, “The Exorcist” and “Alien” were close behind with 161, 158 and 152 calories respectively. Perhaps not surprisingly, adrenaline surges brought on by fear are the culprit; they decrease appetite and increase the BMR (basal metabolic rate). But don’t load up on those scary movies just yet. Like other “fad diets” this one is also not sustainable. In fact, too much adrenaline can result in numerous acute health problems, including heart attacks.
So how do we maintain a healthy lifestyle over a long period of time? There are no easy answers and no one size fits all solutions. By the third week in January, many of us whose New Year’s resolutions included getting fit and eating better will have seen those promises fall by the wayside. So to help address the issue, The Healthy Weight Network has designated January 20-26, 2013 as “Healthy Weight Week”. Check out their website, for a wealth of practical information and scientific research that will help you implement more permanent lifestyle changes. Since success depends on having a good support system, involve your family, friends, colleagues and patients in the process. We’d love to hear from you what worked, what didn’t, and how you plan to mark “Healthy Weight Week”.
As healthcare professionals, we are used to giving advice to others and putting our needs last. But as role models for our patients we must practice what we preach. Remember that a healthy lifestyle includes job satisfaction. So whether you are a PT, PTA, CHT, OT, COTA, SLP, RN, or Rehabilitation Manager calling the Centra Team at 800 535 0076 can be the key to a “healthy fit” in your career of choice.