Health and Wellness News!
All questions/inquiries regarding Health and Wellness classes/events should be directed to Karen Bruening, Health and Wellness Coordinator,
at firstname.lastname@example.org or or 850-293-8284.
Yoga classes: Mondays at 3:30 p.m. in the Choir Suite and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Choir Suite.
Call for vendors:
Our third annual women's health fair and Zumbathon® will be in March. Contact me if you would like your business to be part of it! Vendor booths are free, and door prizes are sought! We served about 50 women last year, double the number from our first year. We are also seeking individuals to have their mammograms during our event. We were a little light on our appointments last year.
Mondays at 3:30p.m. in the Choir Suite.
Wednesday Morning Yoga:
Our Yoga classes are still going strong, with our new Yoga instructor, Dave. Classes are at 9:30 am and meet in the Choir Suite. Classes are only $5 per person.
Health and Wellness e-News
February 2, 2016
Submitted by Karen Bruening, St. Luke Health and Wellness Coordinator
“Chock full of information and links to more information for heart health month. Coupons for yoga classes, too.”
It’s American Heart Month! What are your plans for moving this month, and taking care of your heart? Here are some suggestions:
Get screened!! Make an appointment with your primary care doctor. If you can’t afford it, or don’t have insurance, Sacred Heart will be providing free screenings this month. More information here: https://sacred-heart.org/news/article/?NID=1012
(Keep reading until the end! Valuable coupons attached!)
VA goes red for National Heart Health Month: If you are a female veteran and haven’t seen your primary care doctor in a year or more, the VA suggests that you make a date! Here are some facts from an article on the VA website
- Heart disease affects women of all ages.
- For younger women, the combination of birth control pills and smoking boosts heart disease risks by 20 percent.
- Even if you’re a yoga-loving, marathon-running workout fiend, your risk for heart disease isn’t completely eliminated. Factors like cholesterol, eating habits and smoking can counteract your other healthy habits.
- Sixty-four percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.
- Because these symptoms vary greatly between men and women, they’re often misunderstood.
- Media has conditioned us to believe that the telltale sign of a heart attack is extreme chest pain. But in reality, women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, back or jaw pain, and sometimes unexplained excessive fatigue. –
- See more at: http://www.va.gov/HEALTH/NewsFeatures/2016/February/Make-a-Date-During-Heart-Health-Month.asp#sthash.iT89Tj0k.dpuf
Make small changes that add up to big improvements in health:
- Reducing sodium in your diet by using spices instead of salt can add more flavor to your meal while improving your blood pressure readings and fluid retention. Tips from the American Heart Association can be found here: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/SimpleCookingwithHeart/Common-Herbs-and-Spices-How-to-Use-Them-Deliciously_UCM_459351_Article.jsp#.VrDMwk3Sncs
- Healthy cooking techniques articles and videos can be found here: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/SimpleCookingwithHeart/Cooking-Skills-and-Techniques_UCM_452204_Article.jsp#.VrDNW03Snct
- Teach your kids how important it is to cook and eat healthy, balanced diets. Information here, including healthy eating guidelines for kids from age 4-18: http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@fc/documents/downloadable/ucm_465746.pdf
- Start an exercise program and food/activity journal. Writing things down provides a visual record of what you have accomplished, and keeps you accountable to your goals. You can even use an online fitness tracker, such as mapmyrun.com, myfitnesspal.com, or other sites associated with fitness tracker devices, such as Fit Bits. More tips here: http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/lower-your-risk/activity.html
- QUIT SMOKING! One of the worst things you can do for your heart health is smoking. Talk to your doctor about help with quitting. I have seen how this can ravage your system firsthand, as this was the primary cause in the death of my mother-in-law several years ago. If you want to hear the story, please ask, I will be happy to inform you! FAQs from the American Cancer Society can be found here: http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/guidetoquittingsmoking/index
- Take a nutrition class, like this one: http://cityofpensacola.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=905&month=2&year=2015&day=29&calType=0
- Buy a fun and entertaining book by someone who has fought the fight and won, and fights on even now:
Finally, if you need a place to start, I highly recommend the yoga class offered here at the church! Dave is an excellent teacher. Classes are Mondays at 3:30 p.m., and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the David Frantz Choir Suite and cost is $5 per person. Bring a mat or a towel.