HEALTH MINISTRY

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

Click HERE to view a list of our Health Ministry Team Members. E-mail our Faith Community Nurse, Carolyn Wilt, R.N., or call the church office (321-723-5272) for more information.

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.

LENDING CLOSET

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, Carolyn Wilt, R.N., or the church office at 321-723-5272.

HELPFUL LINKS

APRIL IS ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. But, there is good news. We can all take steps to help prevent alcohol misuse or abuse.

If you choose to drink, it’s crucial to do so in moderation.  For women, that means one drink a day and up to two drinks a day for men. One drink is equal to a: bottle of regular beer (12 ounces), a glass of wine (5 ounces) or a shot of liquor or spirits, like gin, rum, or vodka (1.5 ounces).

Some people should not drink at all, like women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant and people with certain health conditions.

At least 38 million adults drink too much, and most are not alcoholics. Drinking too much includes binge drinking, high weekly use, and any alcohol use by pregnant women or those under age 21. It causes about 88,000 deaths in the US each year and costs the economy about $224 billion. Alcohol screening and brief counseling can reduce drinking on occasion by 25% in people who drink too much, but only 1 in 6 people have ever talked with their doctor or other health professional about alcohol use.

If you’re asking yourself whether you have (or someone you know has) an alcohol problem, take a look at the signs and symptoms below. If these symptoms sound familiar, you may want to consider seeking professional help.

  1. Temporary Memory Loss and Blackouts
  2. Drinking to Cheer Up
  3. You’ve Tried to Quit Drinking But Can’t
  4. You Drink to be “Normal” or “Fit In”
  5. Flushed Skin
  6. Trembling Hands
  7. Problems with Family Members as a Result of Drinking
  8. Being Secretive or Lying
  9. Symptoms of Withdrawal
  10. Drinking in the Morning
  11. Drink to Relieve Stress
  12. It’s Crossed Your Mind That There Might be a Problem
  13. Unable to Stick to Drinking Limits
  14. You Have a High Tolerance for Alcohol
  15. Your Social Life Revolves Around Drinking
  16. You’re Experiencing Problems at Work
  17. Constantly Thinking About Drinking

For more information, please go to  https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health, https://ncadd.org/, and https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/alcohol-screening-counseling/index.html.