USA Book News Names A Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Smart Health Choices Winner of a National Best Books 2008 Award

A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Health Choices, authored by Carla Mills, ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner) and founder of Maverick Health, was recently named Award Winner in the Health: Medical Reference category of the National Best Books 2008 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. The book provides readers with practical information and easy-to-use tools to help reduce individual health risks with a focus on preventive care.

October 29, 2008 — Carla Mills, author and founder of Maverick Health, provides readers with practical information and tools to reduce health risks in this multiple award-winning medical reference book.

A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Health Choices, authored by Carla Mills, ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner) and founder of Maverick Health, was recently named Award Winner in the Health: Medical Reference category of the National Best Books 2008 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. The book provides readers with practical information and easy-to-use tools to help reduce individual health risks with a focus on preventive care.

Mounting stress caused by the current economic turbulence coupled with a healthcare system in crisis make it more important than ever for individuals to take control of their own health care
Written from the perspective of a nurse practitioner, A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Health Choices views wellness as a measurable and achievable goal that is within the reach of every individual. It is based on Ms. Mills’ up-close and personal view of the struggles that patients face when dealing with different conditions and diseases. The book links risk factor management to early diagnosis and treatment, and delivers its message based on nursing’s own unique brand of care (treating not just the condition, but also the patient’s response to the condition).

Ms. Mills offers a common sense approach that helps individuals make smart choices and behavioral changes that can significantly reduce their risk for developing major diseases before symptoms appear. Ms. Mills includes tools for developing a personalized health risk profile, practical guidance to create a self-care plan, and a reference guide to understand risks, as well as common medications, tests, and treatments.

“Mounting stress caused by the current economic turbulence coupled with a healthcare system in crisis make it more important than ever for individuals to take control of their own health care,” says Carla Mills, ARNP. “The book offers straightforward, easy-to-understand information and outlines practical steps that will help anyone identify, address, and reduce their health risks. I am honored that USA Book News has not only recognized the quality and breadth of my book, but has also validated the message that we need to take charge of our health and well being in order to lead more rewarding, full, and productive lives.”

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Earlier this year, Ms. Mills’ book was named the winner in the Health Category of the 2008 National Indie Excellence Book Award and a finalist in the Health/Wellness Category of the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Health Choices can be purchased exclusively online for $16.95 (plus shipping and handling) at http://www.maverickhealth.com. For bulk orders, e-mail info @ maverickhealth.com for pricing.

About Maverick Health
Maverick Health, founded by Carla Mills, ARNP, is dedicated to creating a health care system to complement the country’s current sick care system. Its mission is to reduce chronic diseases and prevent catastrophic health events in both individuals and populations. Taking a very practical and measurable approach, Maverick Health teaches people with no prior medical knowledge how to effectively and efficiently manage their own health and health care. The cornerstone of its approach is outlined in the award winning book, A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Health Choices.

About Carla Mills, ARNP
Carla Mills, ARNP, is a uniquely qualified healthcare professional whose expertise combines the practice of medicine (treating the disease) with the practice of nursing (treating patients’ response to the disease), providing her with a broad and deep perspective on wellness. In addition, she is attuned to the impact that wellness and illness have on workplace productivity and the role that prevention plays in reducing associated costs. As a trained actress with a degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Carla is a dynamic speaker who can offer insights on a variety of healthcare topics that address the role that wellness and illness play on both a personal and professional level. Carla is a licensed and accredited Nurse Practitioner who has been a practicing clinician for more than 20 years. She began her career as an ER/trauma nurse at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and Florida and has practiced in critical care (ICUs and recovery rooms), in home health care, and in rehabilitation facilities. In 1995, she earned her graduate degree and became licensed and board certified as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Family Practice. She is currently in private practice in Naples, Florida. For more information, visit www.maverickhealth.com, or e-mail info@maverickhealth.com. You can also visit Ms. Mills’ blog at http://www.maverickhealth.com/blog.