Parish Nurse Health Note for January 29, 2017

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Health Note for January 29, 2017

This week we begin our second month of 2017… and hopefully warmer and more sunshine!

February is recognized as Heart Month and I will be sharing some tidbits of information about heart health throughout the month on my bulletin board and in the bulletin.

The heart is portrayed many ways in our today’s society.  From a retail perspective, merchandise is red, heart-shape, and glitters (we all know the mass ads for jewelry for that special person!).  From a school perspective, cards are exchanged and the little heart-shaped candies make their yearly appearance in lunch boxes.

From a health perspective, one part of the body becomes the center of attention.  God put us together in a remarkable way to provide protection for the heart and the brain.  Have you stopped to realize that both of these are protected by bone – the skull for the brain, and the sternum for the heart?

We daily learn more about how the heart works and how to be ‘heart healthy’ — what we eat, how much we exercise, and how we pay attention to certain body sensations are all part of the ‘heart of the matter.’

Each year our local heart association promotes heart health awareness by encouraging everyone to wear red.  I am encouraging us to support heart health by wearing red next Sunday to show those around you that you are working to improve your heart health.

I will also be doing Blood Pressure Screening next Sunday in the former library corner of the narthex between services and encourage all of you to take a moment to get a base line reading or a recheck on previous readings.  I will have information available and a BP record card for you to keep in your purse or wallet.  Mark your calendar and take part in this step toward knowing your heart.

Proverbs 4:23 says, Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Let’s start today to renew our heart health.

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.”

Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace, peaceparishnurse@comcast.net