Travel nurses on assignments all over the United States live a life of vitality and good health, but some destinations, more than others, make this a given. Many of the RNs and therapists on the American Traveler team have enjoyed assignments in these Top 10 spots for health and wellness as defined by TIME’s new book: Healthiest Places to Live: Lessons from the Top Spots for Fitness, Nutrition and Aging Well.
Have a look at this list of potential travel nursing destinations, and make your next assignment a healthy one!
- #1: Honolulu: In Gallup's U.S. Community Well-Being tracker, Honolulu beat out nearly 200 of America's largest cities on a variety of health behaviors. It's no surprise that American Traveler has great success placing talent in Hawaii.
- #2: San Francisco: California holds many opportunities for travel nurses. San Francisco is where the organic food movement originated and continues to keep its residents among the healthiest in the nation—46% of residents in the Bay Area have a healthy BMI, compared with only 30% nationally.
- #3: Burlington, Vermont: This New England city places great emphasis on raising healthy children. Nurses in PICU jobs will brighten to hear that 90.2% of Vermont’s kids are shown to be in excellent or very good health, according to the National Survey of Children's Health.
- #4: Silicon Valley: Because of flexibility in work hours and technological advancements (think treadmill desks), Silicon Valley has been rated the best place for workplace wellness.
- #5: Minneapolis-St. Paul: The United Health Foundation ranked Minnesota as the healthiest state for seniors in 2013. Nurses will also find the Mayo Clinic here, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s top medical center!
- #6: Denver and Boulder, Colorado: An impressive percentage of the adults who live here (61.9%), are reported to engage in moderate or vigorous physical activity, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. With the Rocky Mountains right there, who is surprised?
- #7: Plano, Texas: This Texas town is known for low crime, just 1.3 violent crimes per 1,000 people, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. Travel nurses in Texas will love visiting this tight-knit community.
- #8: Portland, Oregon: It’s the first city in the U.S. to adopt a global-warming policy; one can’t help but be an earth lover and sport enthusiast on over 300 miles of bike paths and “20 minute neighborhoods,” where all necessities are within walking distance.
- #9: Boston, Massachusetts: The city has the highest life expectancy rates and affordable health care, making it the best place in the U.S. for health care. Boston is also the only place in the nation with two of the top 10 U.S. cancer centers and two in the “top 10” for treating heart disease.
- #10: Provo and Orem, Utah: Lovers of the Great Outdoors will never run out of skiing and hiking in Utah travel nurse jobs. The region is also touted for a great place to feel a sense of spiritual well-being.
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