I do blood pressure and wellness checks twice a week at a local retirement community, and recently I have been getting some significantly higher readings in folks who are normally in well controlled lower readings. One lady had a series of high readings over a couple of weeks, and she and I had conversations about things that can help lower blood pressure. I encourage exercise in various forms and had been doing so with her but she confessed that she just couldn’t get motivated. The last reading I got for her was stage 2 hypertension and she immediately became concerned. I suggested that she take advantage of the brief sunshine we were having, and go out for a walk using her walker and maintaining a slow but steady pace for about 15 minutes around the perimeter of the facility. She agreed, and came back smiling and we checked her blood pressure again. She had a much lower reading, and said, “I guess it takes a scare to get me to move!”
I am hoping that many of you are taking time to WALK! We all strive for healthy hearts, and sometimes we just need a little nudge to get our motivation in gear! We begin our Lenten journey this week, and I pray for lots of miles logged on the exercise chart starting next Sunday. Walking, swimming, biking, and more. Our young folks are in sports, and that can count for miles. Please check the chart I posted today.
Heart Month is a good month to make some changes to become better stewards of our body, His creation. My hope is that we once again show action in caring for our health.
A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you. Ezekiel 36:26a
Thank you God for family and friends of all ages. Help us to be good stewards of your creation by caring for our hearts and the hearts of those around us. Make us all good ambassadors for heart health by helping us to make good choices for ourselves in your holy Name, Amen.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran Church and School,