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Health Ministers: Calm, Centered and Recharging

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Each week, we’ll share interesting health and healing-related stories in the news. Following is a round up of articles about physical, emotional and spiritual health and healing that could be applied to health ministries.

The Benefits of Slumber

It’s not just your concentration and productivity that suffers when you skimp on sleep, your entire body is affected: hormones, blood pressure, immune and cardiovascular systems. Risks spikes from chronic sleep depravation, including obesity, heart disease and infections.  

But even if you intend to get enough sleep, sometimes stress, anxiety or caffeine intake make it difficult. Cut off caffeine intake by 2:00 p.m., create a winding down ritual to quiet your mind and prepare your mind and body for sleep.

Caffeine: Manage Your Energy Wisely

Caffeine, a stimulant, can definitely increase your energy level. But it can decrease it, too. It all depends on when and how much you consume.

Your alertness increases with a little caffeine, so having a cup of coffee before going to a meeting or starting on a project can help sharpen your mind. Early in the morning it can be enough to produce a spark, but beware—what goes up must go down. You may find your energy, attention span and ability to focus decline if you reach for your second, third or fourth cup.  

It’s not just coffee that people reach for when they need a jolt: energy drinks have become increasingly popular. Varying widely in caffeine content, some contain as much or more as a cup of coffee—and loads of sugar. It’s a combination sure to produce an energy crash and craving for more.

How much is too much?

To get the energizing effects of caffeine, use it judiciously. It can cause insomnia, especially when consumed in large amounts or after 2 p.m. Some people are so sensitive to the effects of caffeine that having a single cup of coffee in the morning can interfere with their sleep at night. And that can definitely lower your energy. If you are such a person, it’s best to avoid caffeine entirely: try switching to decaf or try green tea. Although it, too, contains some caffeine, green tea is much easier on the body and contains a wealth of health benefits.

- Bruce Nickerson

The Quiet Health-Care Revolution

This provider model is producing great results by combining some high tech features with simple, common sense problem solving.
Wireless scales connected to CareMore’s clinics and a proactive staff detected early warning signs on a congestive heart failure patient. Focusing on regular toenail trimmings to prevent falls? Absolutely, and CareMore, which operates 26 care centers focused on more than 50,000 Medicare Advantage patients, is proving it has the right approach:
• Hospitalization rate is 24 percent below average.
• Hospital stays are 38 percent lower.
• Amputation rate among diabetics = 60 percent lower than average.
• Member costs are 18 percent below average.

Impressive results. But what stood out to me is that this company really promotes creative thinking. It’s the insight, knowing what to do with the data and information that’s to be celebrated here. 

How might you think out of the box in your health ministry?

Texas: Diocese Approves Transfer of Hospital

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas approved today a definitive agreement for the transfer of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System to Catholic Health Initiatives, a nationally recognized health care system.

From Clowning to Kayaking, Hobbies Offer Clergy Respite, Re-Engagement

We all need to blow off steam. It’s hard to lead and serve others when you are processing your feelings about difficult things that happen in life. Here are a few examples of how clergy members recharge and re-center themselves.

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Terra Hoskins contributes to the NEHM and NEAC blog on a freelance basis. As principal of Hoskins Interactive, an inbound marketing consultancy, she helps organizations improve the quality of website traffic needed to expand business. Follow Terra on her blog and on Twitter: @terrahoskins.

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