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, Zumba 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

November – The Heart and Blood Clots

Blood clots can form in several places in the body – usually the legs, heart or lungs.  The cause can be low clotting factors, injury, sluggish blood flow, production of too many red blood cells, irregularly shaped red blood cells, buildup of plague in the arteries, heart problems, and others.  Conditions like pregnancy or prolonged sitting can also increase risk factors for clotting.  With any of these conditions blood slows down as it makes its way through the body.  Depending on the cause, clots may form and move to dangerous areas blocking blood vessels.  When this happens, organs fed by these blood vessels do not receive enough blood and go into crisis.  Clots in the brain area cause strokes; clots in the lungs produce severe respiratory symptoms and even arrest; clots in the heart produce heart attacks; clots in the legs produce deep vein thrombosis which can send clots to other major organs.

Important symptoms to look for are shortness of breath, chest pain, severe leg pain or cough.  Have these checked out immediately.  Smoking, obesity, estrogen use and pregnancy are high risk factors for blood clots.  This condition can affect the young and old alike.

Good preventive measures are to drink plenty of fluids, take breaks from sitting at least every couple of hours especially when traveling, flex joints about every 30 minutes when working or just fidget in your seat, and wear supportive stockings or socks to help improve leg circulation in poorly functioning veins. Blood clots are dangerous at any age so pay attention to unusual pain in these locations.

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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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