Parish Nurse Health Note for February 19, 2017


Are you noticing the longer days?  I saw some spring flowers up and almost ready to bloom in my yard last night when I got home early enough to take a look around  at what I need to do to clean up after the crazy weather we’ve been having.

Immediately, the scripture from 1 Corinthians 6:19 popped into my head, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.”

Now, you ask, what does that have to do with spring blossoms?  We are getting ready for challenging our bodies with exercise that has been dormant in many of us for a whole season, and now the shovels, and bending and digging and lifting heavy bags of soil and fertilizer are on the horizon.

This week I am going to present some of the positives of physical activity:

🏃 Helps us feel younger and sometimes even slows the changes that go with aging.

🏃 Gives us a boost of energy!

🏃 Helps control our weight and get into smaller sizes of clothing!

🏃 Helps reduce chronic pain in some instances, and increase relaxation.

🏃 Improves moods and self-esteem feelings.

🏃 Helps people live longer and feel better.

🏃 Promotes healthy hearts.

Most important of all is the one that I have in the scripture at the beginning of this article: Honor God with your body.

Let’s include exercise of walking, and other forms in our Lenten journey this year and see for yourself what a little bit of exercise can do for your whole health well-being.  Get ready for a great journey as we walk with Jesus to Jerusalem!  Stay tuned!

God be with you this week as you begin to enjoy the many ways to honor God and improve your whole health.

Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace,