Health Ministry Update
by Joann Stutzman, RN
Health Ministry Definition: Health Ministry in a faith community is an approach to wholeness and health that strives to strengthen the congregation/community. It stresses wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention by connecting the congregational/community resources and partnerships. It focuses on body, mind, and spirit for the health and healing of the community.
In Pastor Mike’s recent sermon he stated, “Eat Clean, Rest Well and Exercise Regularly.” That also is the approach the Health Ministry of NWH takes. To encourage health/wellness activities Health Ministry offers monthly blood pressure screenings on the second Sunday of each month in the church office between services, 10:10-10:30am. The next screening is October 8. Blood pressure screening and monitoring is a heart healthy measurement to assess and monitor how well the heart is working. During these screenings, any health questions are addressed. Referrals are encouraged. Bret Ray, Joyce Christopher and I will answer your health questions, and will happily do research to best address your situation.
Twice a year Health Ministry partners with the American Red Cross. On September 28, NWH hosted a successful Blood Drive! We obtained 23 whole blood donations, exceeding our goal of 19. We also had the Power Red machine available where people with O-, A and B- blood types can give double the amount of red cells with each donation. We acquired 2 units of Power Red. Good Job NWH! Giving blood offers life to many people in many health crisis situations. Thank you for giving!
Annually Health Ministry hosts the Dental Van from Love INC, offering dental services to those in our community who do not have dental insurance and have a referral from Love INC. A wonderful partnership has been established with Love INC.
This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month –The PINK month — and so I am advocating that women get screened. 3D Mammography is available in our community. And every woman over the age of 40 is recommended to be screened yearly. 3D Mammography is new to our community and has shown to detect up to 41% more invasive cancers and has 15% less call backs for additional scans than the traditional 2D mammogram. Wow! That is great news. If anyone has questions about mammography please ask me or your primary care provider.
To Your Better Health,
from your NWH Health Ministry Team:
Bret Ray, Joyce Christopher and Joann Stutzman