Nov
20
2012
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<h1><a href="/blog/happy-thanksgiving">Happy Thanksgiving!</a></h1>

The holidays are upon us, and nothing seems to threaten healthy habits more than Thanksgiving. But by having a plan for the day, sneaking in healthier recipe substitutes and focusing on ways to help others, you can make Thanksgiving a healthier and happier experience.

Weight Watchers to the rescue!

I have to admit, I’ve been worried about the big day: I’ve lost 15 lbs during the past few months, and I don’t want to derail my success. So I’m sharing Weight Watchers’ Thanksgiving strategies: a cheat sheet and a sample menu for the day. There are great suggestions here, which will help you keep your blood sugar steady and prevent overdoing it.

Four Ways to Use Pumpkin as a Healing Superfood

As a die-hard pumpkin lover, I was really excited to hear that it is quite the superfood. Pumpkin protects vision, benefits skin, helps detox, facilitates weight loss and boosts serotonin, which helps you feel good. Makes that piece of pumpkin pie worthwhile! But there are numerous pumpkin recipes out there--look for ways to use pumpkin to reduce fat in recipes.

Volunteer to Help During Thanksgiving

WikiHow.com has created a step-by-step instruction on different ways to help others during the holidays, things you’ll need, tips, what to consider. It’s a great guide that explores helping in soup kitchens, delivering meals, visiting people in need, fundraising and taking on Thanksgiving dinner for your friends and family.

Thanksgiving Prayer

During the bustle of this time, I appreciated the reminder to give thanks. It’s keeping me centered, hopefully it will do the same for you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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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 Martin Cathrae

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Nov
15
2012
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<h1><a href="/blog/demonstrate-gratitude-and-compassion-to-help-others-heal">Demonstrate Gratitude and Compassion to Help Others Heal </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.

Episcopal Churches Pick Up Pieces After Hurricane Sandy
Episcopal churches in the Province II mid-Atlantic coastal dioceses of New Jersey, New York and Long Island were not only left picking the pieces after Hurricane Sandy, they also reached out to their neighbors in a time of community crises.

The need for help is ongoing. What can your parish contribute to help?

Pressure, Stress on Clergy Have Negative Spiritual, Physical Effects
Health ministries are focused on serving the congregation and community, sometimes it’s easy to forget to support clergy. Duke Divinity School’s Clergy Health Initiative provides the tools, offering "preventative care in a spiritual context.” That context consists of spiritual, physical and mental counseling, stress management, weight loss program and theology. Presbyterian, Lutheran and Methodist Churches have set up support networks for clerical health. The Episcopal Church’s network is the CREDO Institute, which supports physical, emotional, financial, vocational and spiritual well-being of clergy.

Health and Healing Through Gratitude
It’s been well researched, the impact that negative emotions have on health. So how do we overcome them? Prayer and bible study set the foundation. Here are five additional tips for practicing gratitude, from Dr. Tiffany Johnson, family chiropractor at Healing Touch Chiropractic. 

 


 

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 juliejordanscott

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Oct
30
2012
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<h1><a href="/blog/happy-healthy-halloween">Happy Healthy Halloween!</a></h1>

Halloween can be a scary time, especially if you're striving to stay on a healthy track. We've collected some great ideas from Time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Real Simple to help you emphasize fun—healthy choices.  

5 Tips for a Healthy Halloween
With obesity and cavities on the rise among children, Halloween can be a tricky season. But the American Dental Association has a plan to Stop Zombie Mouth focusing on fun instead of sugary treats. Other ideas include eating a healthy meal before trick-or-treating, giving healthier treats, incorporating exercise into the night, keeping only the favorite treats and giving away the rest--another fun exercise.

Halloween the Healthy Way
When you think of Halloween, costumes and chocolate may be your first thoughts, but there are other factors at play. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will show you how to stay warm, stay safe and stave off the flu.

Which Halloween Candy is Healthier?
Real Simple lays out a Halloween Candy Challenge. This is a fun game: see nutritionists’ picks when popular candies are pitted against each other. Guess which is the healthier choice? 

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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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 gardener41

Oct
17
2012
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<h1><a href="/blog/take-care-take-action-in-your-health-ministry">Take Care, Take Action in Your Health Ministry</a></h1>

Healing the healers: Taking care of the heart of the doctor

This story takes an inside look at how physicians cope and equip themselves to provide the care patients need. Lucille Marchand, a professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, pioneered a different kind of class that keeps practicing physicians coming back. The program explores how to “remain human, sensitive and open despite the rigors of the doctor’s life.”

But regardless of profession, the idea that taking better care of yourself allows you to take better care of others...that’s a concept worth practicing.

Sound Healing: Relaxation for the Mind and Body

An unusual form of therapy, sound therapy, is being used to help cancer patients decompress and better cope with the emotional aspects of surviving cancer. David Cowan, RN, HNC, CNMT, CLT, explains how it works.

Four Healing, Healthy Fruits: How Fruit Can Protect Against Disease
You may be aware of the healing power of berries, but here are a few other gems that keep you healthy.

The Healing Qualities of a Walk in the Woods

It feels good to step into nature; science attempts to explain why via research on cardiovascular improvements, lowered blood pressure and elevated endorphin levels. But there is a mind body benefit that may be difficult to quantify, like improved creativity and concentration. Considering life’s stresses, what better way to cope than spending time and reflection among God’s creation?

Turning Cancer Loss into Healing Legacy

Laura Knoll processed her mother’s breast cancer battle and death in a way that empowers others: at 18, she co-founded the Helen Knoll Foundation to provide breast cancer education and screenings for women under the age of 40, a demographic comprising five percent of breast cancer cases each year. Health insurers typically don’t recommend testing until patients turn 40; Knoll’s mother, Helen, was diagnosed at 35. Laura saw a way to fill a need and took action.

As health ministers, how can we all take better care of ourselves and others?

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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 Brenda Walker, courtesy of  familymwr on Flickr.

 

Oct
14
2012
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Flu season is upon us. For health ministries, offering flu shots is an opportunity to safeguard children, older and vulnerable adults. The vaccine can be a lifesaver for people who struggle with asthma, diabetes and heart disease; it can prevent complications otherwise aggravated by the flu.

Dr. Daniel Jernigan, deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Influenza Division, announced that this year's vaccine contains strains for influenza A and B viruses, in addition to last year’s strains.

Here’s what you should know about the 2012-2013 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site, which contains facts, comprehensive resources and information. 

Misconceptions about the flu are as plentiful as the germs that fuel it. Health Ministers play an important role in spreading the facts and empowering the community. Consider these flu myth busters

On the lighter side, fun flu-related information exists online to share with your community. Perhaps families and children will gravitate toward sites like FluFacts to stay healthy this winter. The site attacks all aspects of the flu, from prevention (#1 tactic: wash your hands!) to identifying symptoms, tracking flu levels in your area and even medications that could prove helpful. A mobile app is available to provide access to information wherever you are.

How are you addressing the flu in your health ministry? What other resources do you use to help others? 

 


 

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 Daniel Paquet.

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