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Evidence-Based Lifestyle Strategies to Improve Health of Shift Workers

Peery, Annette EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CDE; Firnhaber, Gina MSN, MLS, MPH, RN; Kolasa, Kathryn M. PhD, RD, LDN

doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e3182943ccf
Clinical Nutrition

An estimated 8 to 15 million Americans perform shift work that may encourage lifestyle choices that negatively affect health. We present 2 patient cases elucidating some of the issues faced by shift workers and provide counseling strategies for changing dietary behaviors.

The nutritional health of shift workers is an important problem seldom addressed by nutritionists with day jobs—this article helps remedy that lack

Annette Peery, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CDE, is an assistant professor and interim department chair, Senior Division, Department of Undergraduate Nursing Science at the East Carolina University College of Nursing, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate nursing students. Her practice areas include adult health and diabetes.

Gina Firnhaber, MSN, MLS, MPH, RN, is a research librarian/information specialist at the East Carolina University Laupus Health Sciences Library, where she assists members of the university and local community with health information needs. She works primarily with nursing students, faculty, and practicing nurses.

Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN, is professor emeritus, Departments of Family Medicine and of Pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, where she teaches medical students, primary care residents, and practicing physicians. She maintains an active outpatient nutrition practice.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence: Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN, Mailstop 654, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834 (

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