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 September/October 2018 - Label Reading 101
Whether you are watching your weight, wanting to cut down on sodium, are diabetic, or are just trying to eat healthfully, reading nutrition labels can be beneficial. The FDA has finalized new nutrition labels that are designed to make it easier to make informed choices.
The old food labels contained print of the same size for all of the information. On the new labels, the serving size and calories per serving are in larger letters. Why is this important? Packaged foods often contain more than one serving and sometimes the package would say "only 150 calories per serving" which people mistakenly took to mean that the entire package had 150 calories when the package actually contained 3 servings, for example. Serving size is very important to know because all of the rest of the label's information is based on one serving. Serving sizes have also been updated to what people actually eat so for ice cream, the ½ cup serving size is now ¾ cup. Calories from Fat has been removed because current research shows that the type of fat is more important than the amount.
Added Sugars is a new category included under carbohydrates and is found under Total Sugar. Knowing the Added Sugars will be helpful to distinguish sugars that occur naturally in a food, like a milk sugar or sugar found in fruit. This category will help people wanting to decrease the amount of processed sugars in their diets. Science shows that it is difficult to obtain all the nutrients you need while staying within the recommended calorie allowance if you eat more than 10% of your total calories from added sugars. The Nutrients section of the label has been updated too. Vitamin D and potassium are now required because Americans don't always get the required amounts in their diets. Vitamins A and C are no longer on the label because deficiencies are rare. The % of Daily Value and the number of grams for Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, and
Potassium are also included. Finally, the footnote at the bottom of the label explains that the % Daily Value is based on a 2000 calorie/ day diet. These new labels were originally supposed to be on products by July 26, 2018, but the FDA has pushed back that timetable. Although there is not a new date, many companies have already changed their labels so you should begin seeing them on foods on the grocery shelves. For a copy of the new food label, please look in the Wall Pockets in the Welcome Center.
I have joined a partnership program with Mount Carmel East. This program is studying the benefits of having a faith community nurse, like myself, do follow up with patients after they have been hospitalized to see it the phone calls have an effect on preventing readmissions. This only applies to those of you admitted to MCE, but if you are, and are asked to participate, it will mean a couple of calls from me, one within 72 hours of discharge and one at 30 days hospitalization.
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.
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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)