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Know Your Health Pro: Faith-based nurse turns to higher power for healing

While there are many church-centered nurses in Brevard County, Hunsaker does health screenings and education for three: St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Titusville, where she is based, Trinity Lutheran Church in Titusville and Mims United Methodist Church.

“It’s new here,” she said. “It’s a nurse in the faith community. Initially, they were called parish nurses, but because of our proximity to Parrish Medical Center, we didn’t want to get those two confused. They have now better termed it ‘faith community nurse’ so it can be in any faith community. It’s unique and has been well-received. I’ve been privileged to worship in all three.”

Hunsaker talked about progress with the North Brevard program and how her traditional nursing training helps her now.

Read the full interview here.

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<h1><a href="/blog/additional-lets-move-webinars-scheduled-for-this-summer">Additional Let's Move Webinars Scheduled for this Summer!</a></h1>

After the successful  WeCan! Parents Program webinar last week, the HHS Let's Move Faith and Community Team has scheduled several additional webinars in July and August.

The We Can! Parents Program webinar will be repeated June 26, July 17 & 31, and August 28 all from 1-3 Eastern. This Program is a resource to help parents encourage their children to eat right, move more and reduce screen time.

Media-Smart Youth®: Eat, Think and Be Active! will be presented July 11 from 12-2 Eastern and July 23 from 1-3 Eastern. This is an after-school program designed to help young people ages 11 to 13 understand the connections between media and health.

For more information and to register, visit the Let's Move Faith and Community Website.

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The following article appears in this month's issue of The Clarion, the Diocese of Fond du Lac's Online Newsletter.  We thank Dolores for allowing us to share these timely reminders.

It’s your skin – wear it well... fry now, pay later.


It’s not just a beach thing! Sun exposure adds up day after day, it happens whenever you are outdoors: gardening, sailing, skiing, fishing, hiking, walking to and from your car. Sunlight reflects off water, sand, concrete, boat decks, and snow and reaches below the water’s surface. UV rays are present even on cloudy days. Everyone is at risk for skin cancer, whatever your skin color. Everyone needs to protect skin and eyes from the sun.


  • Limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear shirts and pants to protect as much skin as possible.
  • Slop on sunscreen with SPF factor of 15 or higher (reapply every 20 minutes if in water or exercising).
  • Slap on a hat that shades the face, neck and ears.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Caution: sunlamps and tanning booths are as harmful to your skin as the sun.
  • Some prescription drugs increase your sensitivity to the sun – check with a pharmacist.
  • Avoiding sunburn during childhood and adolescence is important in reducing risk of skin cancer later in life. nearly 90% of skin cancer occurs on sun-exposed skin.
  • Aging of skin: without sunscreen, skin can develop a tough, leathery look, making you look older. Wrinkles are directly related to sun exposure.

The bottom line: take good care of your skin. Use common sense working and playing outside. Also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.


Dolores Wiseman is Coordinator of Diocesan Health Ministries, a member and serves as Parish nurse at All Saints, Appleton, and can be contacted here.

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<h1><a href="/blog/president-obama-applauds-commitments-to-raise-awareness-and-increase-understanding-of-mental-health-at-white-house-conference">President Obama Applauds Commitments to Raise Awareness and Increase Understanding of Mental Health at White House Conference</a></h1>

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 03, 2013

FACT SHEET: President Obama Applauds Commitments to Raise Awareness and Increase Understanding of Mental Health at White House Conference

Today, at the National Conference on Mental Health, the President applauded the dozens of commitments made by organizations representing media, educators, health care providers, faith communities, and foundations to increase understanding and awareness of mental health.

[T]he National Conference on Mental Health is designed to increase understanding and awareness of mental health. As part of this effort, today the Administration is launching mentalhealth.gov, a new, consumer-friendly website with clear and concise tools to help with the basics of mental health, the signs of mental illness, how to talk about mental health, and how to get help. The website also includes a series of videos featuring celebrities and ordinary Americans whose lives have been touched by mental illness.

Recognizing that the government cannot do this alone, the Administration applauds commitments from private sector and non-profit organizations, including in five key areas:

1) Launching new efforts to raise public awareness through television, radio, social media campaigns, and other platforms.

2) Teaching students about mental health and helping adults who work with youth recognize early signs of mental health problems and refer kids to treatment.

3) Giving health care providers the tools they need to screen for mental health problems and encouraging them to lead efforts to raise awareness in their communities.

4) Convening experts, philanthropic and civic leaders to identify innovative ways to reduce negative attitudes and perceptions about mental illness and improve access to treatment at the local level.

5) Launching new conversations in our houses of worship and other faith-based institutions to help people recognize mental health problems and access the treatment they need.

Faith groups from across the country have committed to launch new conversations on mental health by taking steps such as:

  • Including a message about mental health in a worship service or other event, and providing congregants with bulletin inserts on mental health issues.

  • Developing and disseminating toolkits with resources such as discussion starters to help members continue the conversation about mental health outside of worship services.

  • Organizing a session on mental health awareness at an upcoming national conference.

Denominations and faith groups that  are pledging to take action in their community as part of a national dialogue include:  African Methodist Episcopal Church Connectional Health Commission; American Association of Pastoral Counselors; American Muslim Health Professionals; Catholic Charities USA; Church of God in Christ; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Interfaith Network on Mental Illness; Islamic Relief USA; Lutheran Services in America; National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated; National Episcopal Health Ministries; Pathways to Promise; The Potter’s House; Progressive National Baptist Convention; The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; The Samaritan Institute; Seventh-Day Adventist Church – North American Division; Sikh Council on Religion and Education; United Church of Christ; United Methodist Church; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For a complete list of commitments from private sector and non-profit groups, click HERE.