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We are very excited to announce that is getting a makeover and it’ll be relaunching soon. will have new topics, more experts and always trusted information.

It would be great if you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. (Actually, a little makeover will be happening there as well.) Instagram is brand new.

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Thanks for your patience and we’ll see you soon.

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Health and Wellness: Finalists Named in Sharecare Awards

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 12:46

by Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

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Sharecare Inc. the digital health company, founded by Jeff Arnold, helps people manage all their health in one place. Sharecare launched the Sharecare Awards[*] — a competition to inspire and honor the creators of health and wellness broadcast and digital media programming that demonstrate “sharing care.”

Sharecare partnered with The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter (the producer of the Emmy®Awards), to host the inaugural Sharecare Awards.

The Sharecare Awards is a first-of-its-kind competition that aims to promote and reward excellence for the best health- and wellness-related programming across broadcast and digital media, including campaigns, documentaries, mobile apps, original reporting, podcasts, series and shorts.

The Academy of Judges, and their panels, are renowned experts in health and media, selected the finalists.

“Our finalists represent some of the highest impact and most innovative and creative work in health media, and we are calling on the public to help us celebrate these achievements,” said Dawn Whaley, president of Sharecare. “By recognizing such exemplary work, we hope to inspire others not only to continue driving awareness and important discussions around wellbeing issues, but also to take an active role in making themselves and their communities healthier.”

Public voting open for Sharing Care Award until January 25th; all Sharecare Award winners revealed on March 14 at special event in Atlanta and via Facebook Live. 

Each finalist is eligible to win the Sharing Care Award, a special award bestowed to the entrant that receives the most votes from the general public between now and Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, —  Sharecare Award Public Voting.

In addition to honoring finalists and announcing winners for each category and the Sharing Care Award, three additional awards – two Humanitarian Awards, one to an individual and the other to an organization, and a Lifetime Achievement Award – will be presented at the event.

It’s not too late to cast your vote.

Public Voting is Now Open~ Please Cast Your VoteSharecare Awards Public Voting.

It’s truly an honor to be a chairperson and a member of The Academy of Judges for the Sharecare Awards. The entries in my category were compelling, creative and insightful. Thank you to my panel for their dedication, time and expertise. I’m truly grateful. Congratulations to all the finalists.

For more information about the Sharecare awards, you’ll find it here.

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*The Sharecare Awards are operated through the Sharecare Foundation, a nonprofit entity that Sharecare established solely in support of this awards program.

Healthy Design Tips for Better Sleep

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:22

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Healthy Design Tips for Better Sleep by Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Health Designer™

The topic of sleep seems to be everywhere now. It’s a popular topic and it’s getting a lot of attention. Lack of sleep is a public health problemThe proper amount of sleep is essential to good health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep.

Lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your health, and according to the National Institutes of Health – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.”

Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide and risk-taking behavior.” Sleep can also help repair your heart and blood vessels.

Sleep helps you stay focused and can help you make better decisions. If you’re not getting enough sleep you may have trouble controlling your emotions and behavior, have difficulty making decisions, and problems coping with change and solving problems.

How much sleep do you need?

Do you know how much sleep you should be getting each night? It’s  recommended that adult get between 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night.

So if you’re not getting enough zzz’s, these healthy design tips may help.

Healthy design tips for better sleep

Calming bedroom with soft colors ~ Healthy Design Tips for Better Sleep by Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Health Designer™


  • Design your bedroom so it’s your oasis. Create a relaxing, cozy, calming, and clutter-free bedroom. Use soft colors. Think about the calming and soothing colors of the ocean such as shades of blue, taupe and gray. Good design should reflect you. It’s important that you choose colors that you love. Colors that will spark joy and a good night’s rest.
  • Have a relaxing bedtime routine each night. Take a warm shower or bath, listen to soft soothing music.
  • Go to bed the same time each night.
  • Take out the technology. Put your devices in another room. This way you won’t be tempted to use them, and no TVs.
  • Darken the room.
  • Wear a sleep/eye mask. (Side note: some hospitals give their patients sleep/eye masks because they know the importance of sleep and want their patients to sleep if they can.)
  • Stretch before bed. Try these simple stretches. Hip Bridge and Warrior Balance.
  • White noise may help you get your zzz’s. Listening to soothing sounds like ocean waves or raindrops may help.
  • Lavender an essential oil has a pleasant aroma and can be relaxing. Use a diffuser (if you have an electric one, make sure that it’s turned off before you get into bed–don’t keep it turned on during the night).
  • Keep your bedroom at a comfortable sleeping temperature. Choose a temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine before bed.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, keep a sleep journal (write in your sleep journal before you get into bed, and in another room) and share it with your doctor or other health care professional. (More on what to include in your sleep journal may be found here.)

(If you’re concerned about your sleep habits and you recognize that it’s disruptive, always talk to your doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care professional. Write your questions down or add to your questions to your device. This way you can have all your questions answered.)

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Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA, award-winning broadcast journalist, health educator, HEALTH DESIGNER™, international speaker, and on-air expert and she is passionate about improving the lives of individuals. She has dedicated her career to helping people live healthier lives, in and out of the hospital. She is freelance writer, consultant,  administrative nurse/hospital supervisor at a level II trauma medical center. Barbara is on the frontline of health and wellness, she is founder of, where healthy meets design, she explores the intersection between design, home, health, tech, art, food and travel. Barbara is a lifestyle and health expert, media trained with a passion for design, Barbara helps inspire and empower individuals to design a healthy and happy life and home, and she helps them live their best lives. Barbara has appeared  on-air for NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX networks and is published and quoted in popular magazines, a frequent guest to radio, and a contributor to many health sites including Dr. Oz. A writer for Huffpost she has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master’s degree in public administration with a specialty in health care. She of the advisory board at Sharecare Inc., and an advisory board member at the University of San Francisco for the Master of Science Program for Health IT. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, and a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

New Lifestyle Site at

Thursday, July 30, 2015 15:34

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While continues to provide health information, a new sister site has been launched. Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA is the creator and founder of, a lifestyle destination site to help you live a happier, bolder, healthier and a more stylish life. Barbara explores the intersection between interior design, health, tech and art.


As a registered nurse and an interior design enthusiast, I combined two loves, health and interior design. As your HEALTH DESIGNER™ my passion is to bring you inspiration and guidance with simple healthy design elements so you can take action to achieve your healthy design goals. I hope to empower you to take action and design a healthy life you adore so you can live your healthiest life! Read more at To read more about Barbara, go to her Portfolio



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How to Boost Happiness: New Ways to Live a Happy Lifestyle – Watch Barbara Ficarra Offer Simple Lifestyle Tips on CT Style

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 14:14

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

A healthy lifestyle is all about the small steps or actions that we take because it can have a big impact on our wellbeing.

Watch as Barbara Ficarra talks about simple lifestyle tips you can do every day to live a healthier and happy life. From mastering the moment, to getting the right amount of sleep to expressing gratitude and kindness, and keeping your thoughts positive; Barbara dishes with Ryan Kristafer and Teresa Dufour on CT Style-WTNH News.


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