Feb
18
2013
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<h1><a href="/blog/health-ministers-share-music-costs-and-information-to-help-healing">Health Ministers: Share Music, Costs and Information to Help Healing</a></h1>

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.

Group brings healing power of music to hospitals across the United States

In six cities nationwide, musicians are awaiting their next gig: in health care facilities. Musicians on Call are bringing music into hospitals across the country, to lift spirits. But the performances also lower blood pressure, stress and improve pain control and overall morale. The program uses local talent and occasional celebrities, but why not start a group among the congregation or community?

Health Care Sharing Ministries Set to Grow Under Obamacare

Healthcare sharing ministries are emerging as an option to make healthcare affordable. Find out how three organizations have developed a way to share costs, derived from Acts 2: 42-47, “which talks about how the Christians came together to take care of everyone’s needs.”

Six Health Problems Linked to Lack of Sleep

Not getting enough sleep each night leaves you with more than just grogginess the next day: it increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and insulin resistance and breast cancer. At least seven hours of sleep each night is recommended.

Need to remember something? Go for a quick walk or run. A six-minute burst of exercise can help enhance memory formation.

It only takes six minutes to boost memory, according to The Cleveland Clinic. Visit its website for daily wellness tips as well as healthy recipes.

Resource: The Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri Youth Ministries

This website has a series of resources related to youth ministry, including crisis and suicide hotline information, devotions and support on topics like priorities and forgiveness and expressive mediums like music and poetry.

Roseanne Cash Records Song to Benefit HIV/AIDS Outreach

In support of St. Luke’s The People Living With AIDS project, Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Roseanne Cash is releasing a track, Jim and George, for download.

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Terra Hoskins contributes to the NEHM and NEAC blog on a freelance basis. Drawing from her background in sales, communications and Internet marketing, she helps organizations create an online presence and use the Internet to expand business. Follow Terra on her blog: http://terrahoskins.com/ and on Twitter: @terrahoskins.

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Feb
14
2013
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Lenten Health Challenge 2013

From St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Burlington WI

Just in time for Lent: Health Challenge 2013

If you are interested in honoring your body as a temple of God, consider this discipline.

Birgit Moxon, Pastoral Care, has created a Lenten challenge around healthy eating and movement. The booklet has a diary for you to keep track of what you eat and movements you engaged in such as walking, ironing, shoveling snow and so forth. It is totally private unless you want to share the journey with others.

Many thanks to Birgit for allowing us to share this wonderful resource with others!

Feb
05
2013
by Matthew Ellis   |   comments

Several years ago, we implemented a complete website redesign that provided us with a radically updated online presence. The prior site had been designed in the late 1990's and was difficult to navigate and use. We tried hard to anticipate the future needs of National Episcopal Health Ministries and to design a website that would be relevant for the foreseeable future. In some ways, we succeeded but in some important ways we did not. 

We are now in the final stages of doing another redesign of the website. My hope is that the new site will go live in the next two weeks. However, unlike the last time we did a major upgrade, this time the site will look very similar to its current design. While it may look the same at first glance, the real changes will be a significant upgrade in how it functions. Here are a few items we have identified in the current site and how we are improving the site in the new version.

Updates

  • Our current site was a major upgrade over the first-ever NEHM website, but it is clear that we can dramatically improve the way our resources are organized and searched.

  • Soon, each resource will be given a broad category type. However, the big change will be the addition of tags. With tags, each resource can be identified with multiple keywords that can be browsed. For instance, Let's Move! resources might be tagged with 'youth', 'let's move', 'fitness' and 'exercise'. Clicking any of these keywords from a list will include these resources in your results.

  • Resources will also be able to be easily added to blog posts and other information. Reading a blog about Let's Move for faith communities? We'll have our relevant resources listed in the margin.

  • Search: We are implementing a new search engine for the website that will pull results in a smarter, more organized fashion.

  • Images and files will have much easier 'behind the scenes' management.

  • Images will be able to appear in galleries, acting as a live slideshow on the page. 

  • Significant upgrades to the content management system, giving us new tools and features to utilize throughout the site. 

I'm excited about the changes that are coming soon. While at first glance the site may not look radically different, I think the features we are adding will have a dramatic impact on the ways you are able to find information for your ministries. If you are having a hard time visualizing these updates, just hang on. You will see them soon!

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Jan
26
2013
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<h1><a href="/blog/health-ministers-prevent-falls-flu-and-mobile-device-insecurity">Health Ministers: Prevent Falls, Flu and Mobile Device Insecurity</a></h1>

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.

Protect Your Health—Online
Information is just a touch away, thanks to mobile devices. But just how healthy are the networks and systems that secure your information? Visit The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to find out how to safeguard online information about your health, so that you can use smartphones, laptops and tablets with greater ease.

Take Care in Unpredictable Weather, Step Up to Stop Falls
Snowy, slushy weather could be disguising ice and slippery surfaces. Take extra care with the Step Up to Stop Falls Toolkit, from the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York. The kit provides tips for safe walking during winter, how to prevent slips and falls and how to conduct risk assessments and screenings

Flu Update: Take Special Care of People 65 and Older
The 2012 – 2013 flu season has been particularly nasty, and though all should follow basic flu prevention protocol, the elderly require special attention. The Centers for Disease Control recommends: vaccinations, antiviral treatments and precautionary measures in long-term care facilities.

Powerful Norovirus Spreads Across America
Different from the flu, a superbug is currently wreaking havoc in the United States: a norovirus, an extremely aggressive and contagious strain, active for weeks. Cleaning with bleach is the best way to safeguard surfaces, and your best defense is washing your hands with soap and water.

Faith and Healing in 2013
This story, from The Phillippine Star, describes how a columnist was inspired and found strength in Greg Anderson’s story--a cancer survivor and author of The Cancer Conqueror. Anderson’s experience in faith and forgiveness transformed him and helped him heal in ways he couldn’t forsee. It’s a great reminder to be mindful and direct our thoughts in gratitude. _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Terra Hoskins contributes to the NEHM and NEAC blog on a freelance basis. Drawing from her background in sales, communications and Internet marketing, she helps organizations create an online presence and use the Internet to expand business. Follow Terra on her blog: http://terrahoskins.com/ and on Twitter: @terrahoskins.
  * Image by USACE Europe District

Jan
11
2013
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<h1><a href="/blog/health-and-happiness-for-the-new-year">Health and Happiness for the New Year</a></h1>

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.

Faith and Fitness: A New Year of Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Like many others, I hit the gym on New Year’s Day, eager to start anew and get back on track in my diet and exercise routines. But there’s another routine we have the opportunity to strengthen: our spiritual routines. Find out how others are using their exercise time for spiritual growth.

January is:

How can you use this information in health ministry? Each national organization’s website contains information and advice, but there are endless possibilities. Start simple, with a bulletin board highlighting healthy tips or little-known facts. Most ministries find their niche, and activities to pursue, by reaching out in parishes and communities and asking: what resources are available and/or needed? What talents exist in the parish? This exercise of exploring could lead to some exciting, productive ideas and volunteers ready to help.

Children: After-School Smiles

It’s not just a time of new beginnings for adults, children can also be positively stimulated by new possibilities: consider extracurricular activities, which can build confidence, stimulate learning and encourage healthy competition and teamwork. Kids HealthLine website offers ideas and advises things to consider.

Flu Cases on the Rise, Public Concern

This year’s dominant strain, H3N2, has been singled out as the source of the flu’s more virulent symptoms: fever, coughing, respiratory distress and complications leading to pneumonia and bacterial infections. We have yet to reach the peak of flu season, typically occurring in February, so advocating/providing immunizations and basic flu prevention is still critical—especially among children and the elderly.

Next week, we'll share one health minister's story, how her ministry developed, challenges she overcame and advice--and faith--that sustained her. 

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Terra Hoskins contributes to the NEHM and NEAC blog on a freelance basis. Drawing from her background in sales, communications and Internet marketing, she helps organizations create an online presence and use the Internet to expand business. Follow Terra on her blog: http://terrahoskins.com/ and on Twitter: @terrahoskins.
  * Photo by Christopher

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