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Certification is a voluntary process designed to protect the consumer and ensure current knowledge in the nursing specialty. These respected certifications are held only by an elite group of specialty nurses. Certification validates a nurse’s specialty knowledge for practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing. According to data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2010, nurses in the U.S. and Canada held more than 588,407 certifications, an increase of more than 100,000 certificants compared to 2009 survey data. These certifications were granted by 29 different certifying organizations, and 120 different credentials designate these certifications.

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At the upcoming May 28, Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be Osteoporosis. Guest speaker will be Dr. Ladson Gaddy-Dubac, Angel OB/GYN.

Ladies Night Out is a partnership between Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center (AMC) to provide free monthly programs on a variety of health topics for women with an emphasis on the importance of regular health screenings.

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World Laughter Day was observed in Franklin this past Sunday at the Big Bear Shelter in downtown Franklin with a free Laughter Wellness Session. Laughter Yoga has been featured on CNN, the Discovery Channel, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and numerous other national and international broadcasts. It is the health and wellness craze that is sweeping the globe. Cindy Miles of Franklin led the group in what was billed as “a complete well-being workout.”

Dr. Madan Kataria started the first laughter club in 1995, teaching people to laugh to alleviate stress in everyday life. Almost 3,000 laughter clubs operate around the world.

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Hosted by Franklin's First Voice 1050 WFSC, local businesses came together last Friday for the 2013 Senior Expo at the Macon County community building. The Senior Expo and Health Fair is held each year as a free event to give community members the opportunity to take part in seminars and health screenings while enjoying free entertainment and refreshments.

“The Senior Expo and Health Fair is a community event put together by WFSC in conjunction with the Macon County Senior Games that originated back in 2007,” explained Sean Gibson, vice president and general manager of 1050 WFSC. “I thought the turnout was terrific. We had over 20 exhibitors providing some great information and some great displays.”

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