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WHEREAS, self-care is a lifelong daily habit of healthy lifestyle choices, good hygiene practices, prevention of infection and illness, avoiding unhealthy choices, monitoring for signs and symptoms of changes in health, knowing when to consult a healthcare practitioner and knowing when it is appropriate to self-treat conditions; and

WHEREAS, the United States Food and Drug Administration deems over-the-counter medicines safe and effective for the self-care treatment of minor acute and chronic health conditions and symptoms such as pain, the common cold, and allergies; and

WHEREAS, over-the-counter medicines are either developed as new non-prescription medicines or switched from existing prescription medicines, and every dollar spent on over-the-counter medicines saves the United States healthcare system $6 to $7, each year totaling $102 billion in annual savings; and

WHEREAS, non-prescription medicines help to ease the burden on healthcare practitioners, eliminating unnecessary medical examinations that could be avoided with appropriate self-care; and

WHEREAS, Nevada benefits when its citizens practice appropriate self-care, do not unnecessarily visit healthcare practitioners and are empowered by higher self-esteem, improved health, and reduced use of health care services; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada encourages its citizens to take advantage of self-care’s potential to improve personal and public health, save personal and public treasury and strengthen the sustainability of Nevada’s health care system; and

WHEREAS, achieving self-care’s potential is a shared opportunity for consumers, healthcare practitioners, policymakers and regulators;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  February 2017 as

 Self-Care Month in Nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Scott Anderson