First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

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Healthy Heart-Keep Moving

From the Parish Nurse:

As we usher out the month of February we look forward to Spring, brighter skies and warmer sunshine. However, let us keep in mind that a "healthy" heart is a necessity for life. Seeds of heart disease can be planted early in life when fat intake does not seem to be such a concern. Here in the US, many young children have "fatty streaks" in their blood vessels and their blood pressure readings are high. These issues can be addressed by looking at dietary intake and exercise levels. Children today spend many hours with their electronics, and though they may be beneficial in some respects, body motion surely should replace some of those time slots. With concentration on electronics, there is often mindless eating as snacks are consumed as they "chat", play sedentary games. So, a good task this week is to measure time spent inactive with electronics and assess amount of and caloric intake during this time frame. Encourage some physical activity between sessions of "sit-down" with electronics time.
Please come to have blood pressure checked. The Health Minitries office is open Tuesdays from 9-5. Sometime I may be called out of the office so if you want to be sure I'm there please call 524-1330

From the Parish Nurse written by Anne Moran

Nutrition: Shopping, Tips, and Simple Meal Ideas

by Joyce Ringleb

FRESH VEGETABLES
▪ Great "staples" are: mixed salad greens, arugula, cherry tomatoes, large tomatoes for sandwiches, cucumbers, red or yellow peppers, carrots, spinach, cauliflower, butternut squash, Brussel sprouts, eggplant, broccoli, purple cabbage, and celery
▪ Bagged and pre-washed romaine lettuce, chopped
▪ Kale, pre-washed in a box
▪ Frozen vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, edamame, mixed vegetables
▪ Frozen veggie "steamers"
▪ Box of Pomi® tomatoes, either chopped or strained (these are salt free and are a great addition to a sauce, soup or chili. Look for them in the canned vegetable aisle or in the "Italian" aisle with the canned tomatoes.)
Helpful Tips
▪ Buy at least 2 different vegetables which you plan to cook so that you will have a vegetable to serve at least 4 nights each week; you can serve salad on the other nights
▪ Make sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, fresh flat leaf parsley, cilantro or basil. Add a "sauce" such as Dijon mustard, spicy Sriracha sauce or pesto with leftover grated carrots, sliced cucumber, or dill

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Lent Time to Reflect on Your Total Health

From the Parish Nurse:

The Lenten season begins this week and what better way to usher in the season than to reflect on our relationship with the Lord. And to evaluate if indeed we are doing the best we can in maintaining TOTAL health, to encompass physical, spiritual, emotional and social facets of our life. As we search to make this season more meaningful we may either deny ourselves or actively pursue "good" works. On the "denial" side, giving up cigarettes, excessive use of alcohol, and calorie-laden junk foods will lead to a healthier individual. On the "good works" side, increasing activity, contacting/visiting the homebound, helping needy neighbors are all beneficial to your general well-being. Let this Lenten season your gateway to change that will be instrumental in your achieving a balance of mind, body and spirit. The Health Minitries office is open Tuesdays from 9-5. Sometime I may be called out of the office so if you want to be sure I'm there please call 524-1330. I am here to serve your health realted needs. 

From the Parish Nurse written by Anne Moran

Hydrate, Even When It's Cold

From the Parish Nurse:

As I write this we have just experienced very frigid temperatures and some snowfall. Surely there will be more of this weather to come. So a review of some basics in safety seems to be in order. Go out ONLY if necessary and remember to ALWAYS use safety belts when in the car. Before starting out, remove accumulated snow from your car – roof, windows and all around. Maintain safe speeds, refill/maintain the windshield washer fluid levels and maintain adequate space between cars. In the trunk place a box with snacks, water, etc for use if stuck in traffic. Remember, whether in heat or cold our bodies NEED fluids so HYDRATE, HYDRATE on a DAILY basis. A 2 ounce drink is NOT what I mean – full eight ounces at a time.
Please come, have your blood pressure checked and discuss health related issues. The Health Minitries office is open Tuesdays from 9-5. Sometime I may be called out of the office so if you want to be sure I'm there please call 524-1330

From the Parish Nurse written by Anne Moran

Another Year and already February

Some Notes as we go through this New Year
New Year Resolutions
Instead of starting the year with resolutions that you may or may not keep, start thinking about how you can become closer to Jesus in all aspects of your life. Pay attention to the little things that the Lord puts in your path. Something as simple as the beautiful sun-set, or the sparkle of the snow can remind you of God's glory and bring joy to your heart. Re-solve to spend some time on a regular basis in quiet time with the Lord; being in nature, study-ing His word, using devotional books, and reading the Bible. Find out what spiritual gifts you have and see how you can use those gifts. You might say "What does this have to do with my health?" Well if your spirit is right it will help you get through all the other stuff the world throws at you. So in this New Year walk with the Lord daily and see the magnificence of the world He has placed around us.

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