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.
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.
It's hard to believe that May is upon us. April was so busy with Holy Week celebrations of joy and excitement of Palm Sunday, to the realization of the cross on Maundy Thursday and then again to Joy and Excitement of Easter!
As we go into late spring and summer let us remember our spiritual life is part of our physical life. How we treat our bodies is a reflection of how much the good Lord is part of our daily living. This is something 14 members and friends learned in the Daniel Plan Studies last month. We are having the final get together for this group the first week of May. Some of the members will continue to meet and support each other in their faith and wellness journey. Another afternoon group will be starting sometime in May. Please watch for the details in the newsletter and on the website. I may start another group in the evening. If you are inter- ested, let me know. If you would like more info about the Daniel Plan, talk to me or check out their website www.danielplan.com.
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.
Every 4th Sunday – Blood Pressure Clinic, Fellowship Hall during coffee hour. Come and get checked out even if you've see the doctor this year it never hurts to get your Blood Pressure checked on a regular basis.
Office hours: April 3rd from 12:00 noon – 3:00 PM (the first Thursday of the month). Now that I have a set schedule at work I'm going to set some time aside to have office hours at the church on a regular basis. If you want to learn more about the Health Ministries program or have something you want to talk to me about come by I will be in the Library. Remember that anything we talk about is confidential.
The Daniel Plan groups are up and running, the 40 day plan will be completed the week before Easter, though I think that the small groups will continue in some form. I'm writing after the first week and I know there has been some success with weight loss already.