Health Ministry News


Greetings from your Health Ministry Team! 

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. While screening is the most important step you can take to prevent colorectal cancer, it’s not the only one. You may be able to lower your risk with some simple lifestyle changes. Be proactive about keeping yourself healthy. It will pay off!

  • Eat well. Evidence shows diets high in vegetables, fruits and other plant foods reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, in addition to many other diseases. •
  • Get your exercise. Research shows adults who increase their physical activity can reduce their risk of colorectal cancer by 30-40%. •
  • Know your family health history. A family history of colorectal cancer puts you at an increased risk for the disease. If you have a family history, you many need to start screening at age 40, or 10 years before the youngest case in your family.
  • Avoid alcohol and cigarettes. According to the National Cancer Institute, people who regularly drink 3.5 drinks per day have 1.5 times the risk of developing colorectal cancer as occasional drinkers. Long-term cigarette smoking is also associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer.

For more information, go to and search “colon cancer”, or talk to your Faith Community Nurse. We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity. Here’s to your health!


February, 2018:  HEART MONTH

Greetings from your Health Ministry Team!

February is Heart Month, and recently the American Heart Association, along with many other organizations, came out with updated blood pressure treatment guidelines, based on hundreds of high blood pressure research studies. The new blood pressure categories in the updated guidelines are:

  • Normal – Less than 120/80
  • Elevated – Systolic between 120-129 AND Diastolic less than 80
  • High: Stage 1 – Systolic between 120-139 OR Diastolic between 80-89
  • High: Stage 2 – Systolic at least 140 OR Diastolic at least 90

Because of the new categories, millions of Americans will now receive a diagnosis of high blood pressure. These guidelines were put in place because research shows that better management of blood pressure decreases heart attack, strokes, and other complications.

The new guidelines also provide direction for the treatment of high blood pressure:

  • Encourage checking blood pressure at home several times before diagnosing high blood pressure.
  • Lifestyle changes, such as diet modification, physical activity, and stress reduction are key in the management of blood pressure
  • Medications may need to added or changed

The great news is that by better managing our blood pressure, we will reduce heart attacks, strokes and other complications, and lives will be saved! We can help you achieve your blood pressure management goals. Talk to us about:

  • Checking out an electronic blood pressure monitor to take your blood pressure at home
  • Determining if you need to see a healthcare provider about your blood pressure
  • Consulting with us to set realistic goals for lifestyle changes

We hope to see you on the 3rd Sunday between services to have your blood pressure checked and chat about the new guidelines! Here’s to your health!


January, 2018:  RESOLUTION TIME

Greetings from your Health Ministry Team!

Happy New Year! We would like to thank all of you who participated in the Heart & Sole physical activity program this last fall. We had over 80 participants and collectively submitted over 191,000 minutes! Allowing for 20 minute miles, that is over 9,500 miles!

Physical activity is necessary for good health, so let’s all continue this great work by setting realistic goals for the upcoming year. As we are setting our resolutions for the year ahead, let’s look at how we approach this age-old practice of aiming to become the best version of ourselves. We often set resolutions like, “I am going to lose weight.” or “I am going to exercise more.” or “I am going to spend more quality time with my family this year.” What dooms us to failure with goals like this is that there are no measurable outcomes attached to the goal. Try the steps to setting an action plan below, and set yourself up for success. Remember to start small with your goals and build upon your successes.

How to Set an Action Plan:

1. Something YOU want or decide to do
2. Achievable (make it realistic for you)
3. Action-specific (what, exactly, are you going to do?)
4. Answer the questions:

  • What? (a specific action)
  • How much? (time, distance, amount)
  • When? (time of day or which days of the week)
  • How often? (number of days in the week)

5. Confidence level of 7 out of 10 or greater that you will be successful.

An example of an action plan would be: I am going to walk 30 minutes on 3 days this week- Monday and Wednesday after work and Saturday morning. My confidence level that I will achieve this is an 8. (If your confidence level is less than 7 that you will be successful, amend the goal to make it more realistic for you. For example, perhaps you will start by walking 10 minutes on 3 days this week.)

Another tip for success is to find a buddy to check in with you during the week to see how you are doing on your goal.

Good luck…and be sure to share your success! Feel free to talk to a member of the Health Ministry Team if you would like help setting an achievable action plan.

Here’s to your health!

Source: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, ©2012, Stanford University



November is Donor Sabbath Month. Currently, there are over 115,000 people in the United States waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, and thousands more lives could be healed or improved through cornea and tissue donation. Organ donation is a topic that brings up many questions, especially when a family is faced with making a decision they may not have discussed with their loved ones. Here are some points to consider:

  • Get the facts. There are many misconceptions about organ donation. To learn more go to
  • Organ donation is supported by all major religions in the United States. To see specific religious views on organ donation go to
  • If you have made a decision to become a donor, and want to be sure your wishes as a donor are carried out:
  • Speak to your loved ones. It’s important to let them know your wishes.
  • Register as an organ donor at
  • Mark your driver’s license and/or carry a donor card.

As a community of faith, we are assured that Christ came so that we may have life and have it abundantly. May our faith fill us with compassion to give the most wonderful gift we can give…LIFE!

As always, feel free to contact any member of the Health Ministry Team if you have any needs or health-related questions. Here’s to your health!