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.
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!
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.
The Heart’s Natural Pacemaker
The heart has a built in pace setter. This little bundle of nerves called the sinus or SA node keeps your heart contracting or pumping within some preset parameters, usually between 60 – 100 beats per minute. This is felt as a pulse measurement several places in the body which depends on certain factors including age and activity levels. Infants and young children have naturally faster rates. The heart’s pacemaker starts the electrical charge that passes through the heart muscle causing sections or chambers of the heart to contract in sequence producing a normal heart beat.
The function of the pacemaker is to keep this steady but accommodating rhythm throughout your lifetime. Occasionally the pace is dysfunctional. This could mean an irregular beat, a much faster or slower rhythm, or skipped beats. There may be other things occurring in the heart to cause the shift but it can also be the pacemaker itself. If it does not respond in time for the next beat, other secondary areas of the heart in the upper or lower chambers of the heart may take over producing some faster or slower rhythms to keep the heart from stopping. All of these are protective mechanisms for the heart.
Any significant change in heart rhythm should be addressed if only for reassurance. Some changes in heart rhythm are life-threatening while others can be tolerated for brief periods of time. Check with your healthcare provider if you think your heart is not beating normally, or if you experience shortness of breath, poor exercise tolerance, sudden swelling in your lower extremities or have a significant family history of heart disease. This can be scary but often treated simply.
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.
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.