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WHEREAS, self-care is a lifelong 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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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 2018 as

 Self-Care Month in Nevada

 

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