Christ Church Health Ministry
“Healthy People …Healthy Church…
Episcopal priests Rev. Gordan Chastin and Rev. Richard Winter
The Christ Episcopal Church (CEC) Health and Wellness Ministry was launched in November of 2019, with the goal of promoting health and wellness among the individuals and families of Christ Episcopal Church.
Our aim is to offer many opportunities to focus on living a healthier lifestyle, as well as learning about general wellness and disease prevention, and these things are achieved through online gatherings, educational seminars, and group workshops. Some of the topics that we have, and plan to, address include: living with chronic illness such as diabetes or heart disease, exercise regimens, pathways to healthier nutrition, and maintaining mental health care during uncertain times.
Other disease prevention and health activities also include monthly blood pressure screenings and an open invitation for all to join our casual walking and exercise group, which meets on the weekends.
In addition to those events and gatherings, Christ Church - in partnership with the Howard County General Hospital Community outreach program Journey to Better Health - currently offers monthly COVID-19 testing and screening events during this critical time in our history.
If you are interested in volunteering to assist the CEC Health and Wellness Ministry, have questions that you'd like to ask, or have any suggestions for future topics, please contact Pauline K-Martin, PhD, MPH, RN or Diane Phillips Laguerre, RN,CCM
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
3 John 1:2
TO STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY IN SUMMERTIME
Beware of the Sun
Studies show that more than a million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year and that even a few serious sunburns can increase your risk of getting skin cancer. You can protect yourself during the time of day when the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) rays are strongest — between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. — by wearing long sleeves and pants, and by applying sunscreen with UVA & UVB protection and an SPF of 30 or higher. The American Cancer Society recommends that children wear a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and that it be reapplied every 2 hours when at the pool or beach where the sunscreen may wear off quickly.
Prevent Heat-related Illness
Normally, the body has ways of keeping itself cool, by letting heat escape through the skin, and by evaporating sweat (perspiration). If the body does not cool properly or does not cool enough, a person may suffer a heat-related illness. Anyone can be susceptible although the very young and very old are at greater risk. Heat-related illnesses can become serious or even deadly if unattended.
Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increases metabolic heat.
Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, either early morning or late evening.
Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Remember, have fun, but stay cool!
Outdoor Food Safety
No matter what time of the year, more and more people are cooking outdoors. But outdoor barbeques and picnics during the summer pose a few extra challenges. Protect yourself and your friends and family in these ways:
Keep perishable food cool on longer trips; place it in a cooler with ice or freezer packs. Put raw meat/poultry in a plastic bag so juices won’t cross-contaminate your fruits or vegetables.
Don’t keep food out in the heat; perishable food sitting outside for more than 2 hours is not safe.
To prevent food borne illness, don’t use the same utensils or platters for raw and cooked meats, and be sure to keep food surfaces clean.
source: Maryland Primary Care Physicians