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
- Regular 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
- 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 2:00pm 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, Carolyn Wilt, R.N., 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.
- COLORECTAL CANCER ALLIANCE
- CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
MARCH IS COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. More than 50,000 people die from it each year. It is the third most common cancer, and every year about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed. But this disease is highly preventable, by getting screened beginning at age 50.
Screening tests help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps (abnormal growths), so they can be removed. Screening can detect this cancer in its earliest stage when treatment can be most effective.
Colorectal cancer rates are rising among younger Americans even as they're falling for others. Researchers from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute found that a typical American millennial born in 1990 is, in any given year of her life, twice as likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer as a person born in 1950. And compared to that older baby boomer, the average twenty-something is four times as likely - again, at every age - to be diagnosed with cancer of the rectum. The rise in diagnoses among younger patients has tracked closely with the rise of obesity in the United States, and obesity is a risk factor for colon and rectal cancer.
But other risk factors, including a sedentary lifestyle, excessive alcohol consumption and infectious diseases such as human papillomavirus could be playing a role.
Some symptoms include a change in bowel habits, bloody stools, persistent abdominal discomfort, rectal bleeding, weakness, and fatigue.
There are things that you can do to lower your risk of getting colon cancer. If you're aged 50 to 75, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you're between 76 and 85, ask your doctor if you should continue with screenings. An active lifestyle and healthy weight are also good ways to stave off colon cancer. Eating a diet high in fiber, leafy greens and leaner meats is also a good weapon. Don't drink too much alcohol, and don't smoke.