Parish Nursing at CCPC
Central College Presbyterian Church is blessed to have a Parish Nurse(PN) program in place with RN Amy Taylor on staff. The PN program provides healthcare information, activities and programs throughout the year. Volunteer RN's assist with regularly scheduled blood pressure screenings and more.
Health Happenings Spotlight - January 2018
If you turn on the TV or pick up a magazine for the month of January, you will almost certainly see something on improving your health. This is a worthy venture and often the topic of our new year’s resolutions. Since it can be confusing to decipher all of the advice, I decided to give you 4 areas to focus on. Each area has a couple of tips or ideas.
a. First, particularly if you are a man, watch your portion size. Remember a portion size is what you eat, a serving size is the recommended amount and food label information and calories are based on this.
b. Limit sugar-maybe just eat sweet treats on the weekend. This includes regular pop. Too much sugar can add weight and scientists believe it even ages the skin.
c. Don’t eat after dinner. Your body functions best with a “fasting” period. *If you are diabetic though, you may need a bedtime snack to keep your blood sugar at a more constant level.
Whether it is formal exercise in a class or at a gym, or walking on your own, our bodies are made to move! Not only does exercise help us manage our weight, it lubricates our joints helping with arthritis and stronger muscles can prevents falls.
There is a reason God rested on the 7th day! Our bodies need rest. This includes sleep at night and periods of rest and relaxation throughout our day. Try to limit the usual offenders of caffeine later in the day, spending time on our phones or other devices before bedtime, and exercising too late.
I know a lot of you are still skeptical, but there is A LOT of research on the benefits of meditation and quiet time. This can include time for Bible study or devotions, listening to guided relaxation, etc. Each person needs to find what works best for them, but stress reduction is vital to good health.
There you have it 4 areas, to focus on. Since trying to improve everything at once can be overwhelming, may I suggest that you choose one area per week, building on what you chose the week before, and after a month, you will have made 4 healthy changes in your life.
For more tips, see the Parish Nurse wall pocket. Happy New Year!
Care Visitors - Providing care to Caregivers. Get more HERE.
Communion Bread - The communion bread at CCPC is now gluten-free (11/15). Ingredients include milk, eggs butter, and gluten flour (Whole grain sorghum flour, brown rice flour ,whole grain millet flour, rice flour, whole grain quinoa flour, xanthan gum.) The flour does not contain any nut flours.
+ Blue Christmas service on Sunday, December 17 at 7 p.m. This service is for anyone who has experienced a loss and is not feeling joyful for the holiday season
+ Blood Pressure Screenings -For Diabetes Awareness Month, the Parish Nurses will be doing blood sugar screenings on Sunday Nov. 19th between services.
Please let us know if you would like pastoral care. Please be aware that unless we are notified, Central College Presbyterian Church may not know that you have been hospitalized. One of our members, a family member of the affected member, or a hospital employee who has been given permission (requested by the patient) to contact the church directly, may contact the church to let us know of your hospitalization. This is part of federal HIPAA regulations, but has been hospital policy for many years.
With your best care in mind. Amy Taylor, Parish Nurse (Contact Amy)