Model for Healthy Living
This model was developed by the Church Health Center Wellness Education.
Friends & Family
God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit were the very first relationship. Even God exists in community. Coping with life is sometimes hard, but friends and family make it easier. You can give and receive support through the relationships in your life.
Creating Your Wellness Vision
If you don’t have a clear idea of what your wellness vision is, think about what has been presented these last four weeks. Think of three words to describe your thoughts about your wellness. and three words to describe some actions you want to pursue. Use these words to help you write a Wellness Visions.
- Questions to Consider
In the New Year, perhaps you are thinking about changes you would like to make this year. How many actually make the changes they would like? Think about how you can take better care of yourself this year. You can learn self care in order to help those around you.
This year Kathy Smith RN, our Faith Community Nurse will be continuing the 4th Sun- day Blood Pressure Clinics, but this time you can also be weighed in, talk about any areas that you would like to work on, etc. Kathy will also be giving a short message about wellness on that Sunday as well. Look for more information on the Health Ministries Bulletin Board and on our web site.
Kathy also wants to thank each and every one of you for your support in this ministry. Our body is God’s temple so stay healthy and see what God can do in your life. Happy New Year!
Kathy Smith RN,
- Drivers Wanted
Kathy Smith is trying to put together a list of anyone who is willing to help those who don’t have transportation. There are several ways you can help.
Bring someone to church on Sunday.
Bring someone to church for other events.
Drive for medical appointments, errands, etc.
When we know who is willing to drive we can match up people by location. Please call or email the church office if you are interested and let us know your preferences. It is also helpful to know if you can help someone who may need a wheelchair to get into a building. We can only serve those who can get in and out of a car on their own but they may have assis- tive devices that need to go in the car. Thank you for your help.
Kathy Smith is looking for licensed and retired nurses to help with wellness clinics. This is for the church Blood Pressure clinic but she is looking to work outside the church as well. So please contact her to let her know if you are interested.
Any RN with a current license who would like to know more about Faith Community Nursing and what is involved Kathy would love to talk to you about it as well. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 524-1330. Thank you.
The Coming Season
Fall is coming fast. The leaves are starting to turn and the air is getting a little crisper. Fall clean up will be upon us soon as well. The leaves need raking, gardens need to be cleaned up and put to bed before the cold temperatures of winter. Remember to stretch before you start raking the leaves or digging up the garden. Yes you’ve been active and working in your yard all summer but raking can be a very difficult task and if you do to it much during the sum- mer you may find that you are using muscles you forgot about. It can also be a great cardio exercise so again be careful and pace yourself.
Don’t forget that the ticks are still active even as the temperature drops. Continue to protect yourself. Hiking through the woods this time of year is wonderful and beautiful with the color of the leaves. Just remember to drink enough water, wear layers of clothing, watch the weather and be prepared for sudden changes and drop in temperatures. Enjoy the great outdoors and get your Vitamin N (for nature).
Kathy Smith RN
Faith Community Nurse
Health Ministries 2017
“The Mission of the Health Ministries Team is to serve humanity and spread God’s love by im- proving the physical, mental and spiritual health of those in our First United Methodist Church of Gilford/Laconia community and the community at large.”
Blood Pressure Clinics: The Blood Pressure Clinic continues on the 4th Sun- day of the month. Come in get your pressure checked. Kathy can also check your weight and answer questions that you may have.
Visitation: The visitation team has continued but was not as organized as it had been. This is being worked on especially for the New Year.
Activities: Health Ministries has sponsored several outside activities this past winter and spring; the “Let’s Get Outside”, and then the “Vitamin N (N for nature)” walks this spring. There was a Daniel Plan class this past winter as well.
Resources: Kathy has continued to add to the resources available in the library. These books are on the shelves near the closet in the library. There are books on diet, exercise, faith, and many health issues. If you would like to take one with you please leave Kathy a note so she knows who has the book. There is also an extensive file of information from many of the agencies in the area. It is Kathy’s goal to make sure she can help refer you to someone who can help you with an issue you may be having.
Kathy Smith would like to thank everyone on the Health Ministries team and all those who have supported her in this mission. Please let her know about your health concerns. If she can’t help you she may know someone who can. This summer Kathy moved her office to her apartment to hopefully help her focus on what needs to be done. She is more than happy to take calls or meet you at the church when the need arises.
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 First UMC 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, Health Counselor, Health Educator,
Health Advocate, Liaison, Volunteer Coordinator
Faith Community Nurse, Kathrine Smith RN
Office Hours by Appointment
Nursing Phone Number: 603-524-1330 - Church Office: (603) 524-3289
PO Box 7408, 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH 03247