Our Catechism states "Life and physical health are precious gifts from God. We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good." (No. 2288)
Donna Barton, RN
Susan Welch, RN
Our Lady of the Lake Parish Health Ministry
A ministry that promotes the spiritual, physical and emotional health of the members of our parish. Our main purpose is to provide the guidance, education and support needed to ensure that the members of our church and community grow into and maintain a state of health and well being with a firm connection to God, self, community and environment.
“He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wound.”
About the OLL Parish Health Ministry
The OLL Parish Health Ministry is coordinated by Donna Barton, RN, BSN and Susan Welch, RN, BSN. Both have active licenses in Oregon. They have completed the Foundations for Faith Community Nurse training program to promote and practice Health Ministry. Under their nursing licenses they are bound to adhere to the American Nurses Association Scope and Standards of Practice in the sub-specialty of Faith Community Nursing. The Ministry focuses on healing and whole person care of body, mind, and soul.
Walk With Ease Class – 18 sessions Stretch and Walking Class certified by the Arthritis Foundation for those with arthritis and others who have lost confidence in walking. This class will give you confidence to walk safely and comfortably, motivate you to get into great shape, improve your flexibility, strength, and stamina, reduce your pain, and make you feel better.
Monthly Health Note – Look in the Church bulletin for the monthly health note dedicated to keeping you informed of health issues and preventative measures to maintain good health.
Health Presentations – Talks given by expert guest speakers dealing with many health issues including chronic conditions and prevention of disease in order to promote healthy life styles.
Bereavement Faith Sharing Support Group – For those in need of consolation after losing a loved one. Meets 2 hours a week for six-week sessions for prayer, scripture, sharing, and fellowship.
Women’s Co-Dependent Anonymous Support Group (CoDA) – A 12 Step Program that helps those who do too much, care too much, feel too little, overly engage, or take on others’ responsibilities when they are not required to.
Blood Pressure Screening Clinic – After all masses every 2nd weekend of the month.
Respite Companion Program – Volunteers that make home visits to provide companionship for those who are homebound or those who need company and security while their caregiver is away.
Flu Shot Clinic – Every fall on the OLL Campus
ARC Blood Drive – Every August and the day after Christmas.
To contact the parish nurse for referrals to health agencies, organizations or services, please call the parish office at 503-636-7687 and ask for the Health Ministry. Or you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regularly Scheduled Programs
Scheduled Calendar of Events 2015
Second Weekend of the MonthBlood Pressure screening clinic after the Sat., 5pm and Sunday, 7:30, 9 and 11 am Masses in the bride's room.
Wednesday EveningsWomen's CoDependent Support Group 6:30pm Parish Hall.
CoDA - Contact Jackie, 360-772-3459
Wednesday AfternoonsBereavement Support Group meets every Wednesday 2:30 - 4:30 pm in the parish library. Contact Lili Grace at 503-974-9876.
Thursday afternoonsLiving Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop: Every Thursday, Jan 22 - Feb 26, 1:00 - 3:30 pm in the Parish Center Jerusalem Room.
|UPCOMING EVENTS AT OHSU|
Beaverton: If Heart Disease is in Your Genes, Are You Out of Luck?
February 24, 6:30 p.m.
What is Shoulder Instability?
March 4, 7 p.m.
The Curse of the Brain: How to Repair or Prevent Damage from Hypertension and Dementia
March 6, 7 p.m.
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Prevent or Detect It Early
March 10, 7 p.m.
March 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Iron up your blood
Many times people are turned away last minute from the blood donation process just because the blood from a finger stick shows that their hemoglobin is below normal.
A low hemoglobin count is a below-average concentration of the oxygen-carrying hemoglobin proteins found in the red blood cells. About 70 percent of your body's iron is found in the hemoglobin. Iron is an essential element for blood production. Iron-deficiency anemia, the most common form of anemia, is a decrease in the number of red blood cells caused by too little iron. Without sufficient iron, your body can't produce enough hemoglobin. As a result, you may feel weak, tired, and irritable.
One way to increase the hemoglobin in your blood is to eat foods rich in iron. There are two forms of dietary iron: heme iron and non-heme iron.
• Heme iron is derived from animal sources. Very good sources of heme iron can be found in beef or chicken liver, oysters , turkey, muscles, sardines, beef, Clams, mollusks
• Non-heme iron is derived from plants sources and iron enriched foods. Foods with a good source of non-heme iron are listed below.
Cereals enriched with iron chickpeas, enriched egg noodles, Pumpkin, sunflower or squash seeds, split peas, wheat germ, lima beans, baked potato, tofu, red kidney beans, broccoli, kale
To absorb the most iron from the foods you eat, avoid drinking coffee or tea or consuming calcium-rich foods or drinks with meals containing iron-rich foods. Foods high in vitamin C, like tomatoes, citrus fruits, red, yellow and orange peppers can also help with absorption of non-heme iron.
"Pump up your iron” for the Blood Drive but most importantly; for feeling better.
Caution! Too much iron is difficult to excrete and can cause health problems. Although iron toxicity from food sources is rare, deadly overdoses are possible with supplements. It is wise not to start an iron supplement without the advise of your doctor.
From your Health Ministry
What you should know about heart attacks
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, in 2006 (the most recent year recorded), about the same number of American women died from heart disease (315,930) as men (315,706). 81.1 million Americans, or 36.9% of the population, suffered from some form of heart disease.
Once known to be the greatest man killer, heart disease is now the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. One in four women dies of heart disease, while one in 30 dies of breast cancer.
According to the CDC, 39.5% of Americans are at risk for heart disease because of inactivity. Other key risk factors are: obesity, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
During a heart attack, blood supply to heart tissue is blocked, leading to tissue death. Although the most common sign of a heart attack is chest pain or discomfort, it's not always one of the symptoms. Other symptoms might include shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, feeling lightheaded, and/or pain or discomfort in other parts of the upper body, such as the back, stomach, neck, or jaw.
If you think you're having a heart attack, you should dial 911 immediately, rather than waiting to see if you feel better. Emergency medical services personnel are equipped to treat or resuscitate you if your heart stops en route, and studies have shown that heart attack patients generally receive faster treatment when they’re transported by ambulance and the hospital is anticipating their arrival.
You can do all the right things and reduce your risks like, maintain a healthy body weight, limit your sodium intake to 1500 mg per day, not smoke, temper your fat and sugar intake and get your daily exercise but still have a heart attack. So it is imperatives that if you are having any of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, call 911.
Information taken from WebMD July 18, 2014