First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

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St. Patrick's Day - Spring is coming!

From the Parish Nurse:

For those celebrating St. Patrick's Day, may you enjoy the day, the food, have fun and benefit from the Irish humor and wit with a good belly-laugh or two. Another "celebration moment" this week is the joy that comes with the arrival of Spring. We anticipate the slightly warmer days, the many birds returning to the northern climate and lifting our spirits with their chirping. Hopefully the snowfall of the season will coming to an end. And with clear sidewalks, etc., nature will be calling us "out of doors" to experience the beauty of Spring. Just seeing those first few snowdrops pushing up out of the ground lifts my spirit. So, once again, I encourage you all to get out and increase your activity level – "walking or increasing activity level" is the best pill that can be prescribed because of all of its benefits. And it is FREE!! Take advantage of that gift and proceed to a healthier you.

From the Parish Nurse written by Anne Moran

Daylight Savings Time

From the Parish Nurse:

As you read this you will either be anticipating or experiencing the loss of one hour of sleep due to the ushering in of Daylight Savings Time. It will be VERY convenient to have more daylight hours and with the anticipated warmer weather to experience more "out of door" time. Let us take advantage of this bonus and increase our activity levels. Also, the Lenten season is moving along, so it is time to re-evaluate our good intentions and see how well we are doing. Perhaps you have slacked off or would like to "change up" those Lenten resolutions – take a look around you and see if these increased daylight hours might open up some new possibilities for "good works" which would add to your Faith and and relationship to God.
Come to the the office to discuss any health concerns you may be experiencing. 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. And Friday by Appointment. If you need me to come to you please let me know I would love to visit you in your home. 

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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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

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

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