Our Health Ministry Team is dedicated to supporting the goal of wholeness in body, mind and spirit that enables us to love and serve others in the Name of Christ.
Some of us are previous or present healthcare workers; others have experience as patients or caregivers in illness, injury and rehabilitation. Together we have access to current information on healthcare issues, facilities and medical advances. We meet regularly to address specific needs and topics of interest to parishioners.
Our health-promoting efforts include:
- Blood-pressure screenings the first weekend of every month
- Occasional Sunday Health Forums on major health topics by expert speakers
- Health tips and news in the weekly announcement sheet and on our bulletin board in the Narthex of the church
- Monthly article in the Tribune and on the website (see below)
- Response to specific health questions
- Personal visits or consultation on request
HEALTH NEWS AND EVENTS
Blood Pressure Screenings are available the first weekend of every month. Our plan is to have one or possibly two health professionals available on the west end of the Narthex (behind the screens) to do the screenings. Sign in when you arrive, and we'll then record your blood pressure and give you an information sheet if you desire. Your time invested is about eight minutes a month to know your numbers. The time schedule will be: Saturdays at 4:30 - 6:30pm, and Sundays from 8:15am - 12:45pm.
Yoga for Health – a weekly class on Mondays from 6:00 to 7:15pm in Lewis Hall. In order to participate, you must be able to move from the floor to standing without assistance. Call Peggy Snead (321-242-9425) with questions. Sign up by calling the church office at 321-723-5272. The suggested donation per class is $5.
Exercise Class continues on Mondays at 1:00pm in Lewis Hall. IT'S FREE!
Health Forums: The Health Ministry sponsors regular health forums on a variety of topics. Check the NEWSLETTERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS for upcoming forum information.
The Health Ministry has an extensive Lending Closet which includes a variety of medical supplies, such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, portable commodes, etc. These supplies are loaned out to parishioners and friends of parishioners as needed. Should you need any supplies, please contact the Parish Nurse, Stacey Westphal RN, or the church office at 321-723-5272.
- HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: For a lot of information to help you and your loved ones stay healthy, visit the US Department of Health and Human Service's Health Finder website.
- COLO-RECTAL CANCER ALLIANCE
- CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
- MAYO CLINIC
TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY
As we get older, more and more junk mail seems to find their way to our mailboxes. The” Direct Mail Association” allows you the consumer to control the amount of solicitations you receive. You can request to be removed from mailing lists by going to www.dmachoice.org. However if you have ever purchased from or donated to any company you will need to go directly to that company to have them remove your name from their mailing list. You can register as your loved ones caretaker to remove their name from mailing list too. My husband was a Publishers Clearing House devotee and I was unaware of the bills he accumulated until I received a phone call from them. I called them back, not only did they forgive his debt, but they removed his name from their mailing list. So it does work.
There are also websites to reduce the number of credit card solicitations at https://www.optoutprescreen.com. This stops a bank you can request your credit history without your authorization and then “pre-approve” you for a credit card.
There are also “Do Not Call” websites:
- For the national “Do Not Call” website go to https://www.donotcall.gov
- For the Florida “Do Not Call” website go to https://www.fldnc.com
Remember, never provide personal or financial over the phone (including your date of birth, social security number, Medicare number, bank account information etc.).
To check if a charity is legitimate, and how they use their funds you can check it out at https://csapp.800helpfla.com/cspublicapp/giftgiversquery/giftgiversqueery.aspx.
Remember as far as scams go – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.