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
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.
Protect Yourself From the Flu
Time for your Flu shot; you don't even have to see your doctor. Get your shot at your local pharmacy, or your work place may even provide them. I've reprinted the following article from the Harvard Medical School Publications web site.
10 Flu Myths
If you've ever had the flu, you know how sick you can be. Chances are good that some of the advice friends and family gave you about avoiding or dealing with the flu was wrong. There seems to be no shortage of misinformation and bad advice when it comes to dealing with the flu. Here are 10 common myths about the flu.
You can catch the flu from the vaccine. The vaccine is made from an inactive virus that can't trans-mit infection. So people who get sick after receiving a flu vaccination were going to get sick anyway. It takes a week or two to get protection from the vaccine. But people assume that because they got sick after getting the vaccine, the shot caused their illness.
Health Ministries Mission Statement
"The Mission of the Health Ministries Team is to serve humanity and spread God's love by improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of those in our First United Methodist Church Gilford/Laconia community and the community at large."
Kathy Smith RN, is the FUMC Faith Community Nurse.
The role of a Faith Community/Parish Nurse is to provide intentional care of the spirit along with expert nursing knowledge to promote wholistic health and prevent or minimize illness.
A Faith Community Nurse is a
Integrator of Faith and Health
Kathy Smith RN is the FUMC Faith Community Nurse/Parish Nurse. The Health Ministries office is in the Library across from the church office. Kathy will be in and out of the office on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, so if you want to be sure to see her please call for an appointment. You can reach Kathy at 603-524-1330 which is a private line at the church or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every 4th Sunday Blood Pressure Clinic,
In the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour. Come and get checked out even if you've seen the doctor this year it never hurts to get your Blood Pressure checked on a regular basis.
Stay Healthy this Summer
Spring is here and summer is coming. Time to get supplies to protect yourself as you enjoy the great outdoors. This year it is predicted to be a bad year for ticks. So remem- ber to do a full body check after being outside. If you have been bitten, and especially if you get a rash, call your doctor. There are good treatments if done early. If you use re- pellent it must have DEET and the safest way to apply it is to shoes socks and clothing.
Remember to protect yourself from the damaging rays of the sun. Use a high number sun block and apply it often.