I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.3 John 1:4

Health Ministries

We are a team of professional and interested health care advocates and leaders whose goal is to challenge and assist the congregation and surrounding community in achieving better health through education, fitness, physical screenings, mental well-being,  spiritual support, and resources using a holistic approach.  We believe that the body is the “temple of God” and must be honored as such.

Fitness Ministry  

A collection of exercise activities lead by licensed fitness coaches and instructors throughout the week; class schedules and fees are managed by the individual instructors.  Classes include;  Yoga for Me, Saturday Morning Bootcamp, Stay Fit 4 Life, and Walk Team.  Contact class instructors and please bring water and towel to all fitness classes. Click the link below to see the exercise schedule!

Fitness Ministry  

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Health and Wellness Ministry

A committed group of health professionals and lay advocates who offer support and assistance in developing new health initiatives for the congregation.  They also provide manpower for all health education and screening activities such as symposiums, regular blood pressure screenings and blood drives.

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Health Emphasis - February

If you are African American and have a normal blood pressure, you are among the blessed.  Scientists still do not understand why African Americans are more severely affected by high blood pressure than Caucasians, but the facts are there.  Much of the research still supports salt sensitivity as the culprit so the mainstay of treatment is still control of sodium intake.  This is easier said than done with the great American diet, but you can become more knowledgeable about who makes reduced salt (sodium) products.  You can also add use of herbs and spices as salt substitutes to your culinary skill set. Diet changes and adjustments take much practice, but persistence pays off.

The new guidelines for well controlled high blood pressure in adults is 130/80 mgHg versus 140/90.  Managing your blood pressure may prevent stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, eye disease or decreased mortality.  For help with resources please contact the Parish Nurse Office at 704-391-3856.  If you have good resources, please share them with others.

Here are a few helpful suggestions for reducing salt in your diet:  1) Remove the salt shaker from the stove and table – store with all other spices and condiments and use less in cooking.  2) Use 5% DV which is the daily value as a guide for safer quantities of sodium in prepacked foods.  Remember you only need 2400 mg for your 100% daily total intake.  The percentage will tell you how much you have left as you move through the day.  Practice this intensely for a few weeks until you know what foods and brands to purchase.  3) If you need salt in cooking, add it at the end.  It will take less to season.

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Parish Nurse

The major contact for all health ministry services providing education, health screening, counseling, care coordination, community liaison services between local health and faith organizations, development of support groups and referral resources as needed.

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Support Groups

Are ongoing and intermittent depending on the needs of the group.  Current active groups include prostate and breast cancer groups, contacts for multiple sclerosis and community weight loss groups.

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