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January 2022 Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tip
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
January 2022

Happy New Year Mt. Zion!  We are approaching the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but isn’t God good?  He made a way by giving medical experts the knowledge to create a vaccine which helps us to remain healthy and stay safe.  We also have access to information from the CDC to keep informed about how to remain healthy and stop the spread. According to the CDC vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow the transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. The CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. This year let us stay in prayer, follow the CDC guidelines, and spread the word to our family, friends, and community about how to stay safe and healthy.  Let us also start the New Year by making healthy choices in our diet, activity level, and prayer life.  Studies show that it takes 21 days to create a habit, and 90 days to create a lifestyle change.  Remember 2022 is a new year for increased faith and abundant blessings!
 
 
Praying for *Mind, Body, and Spiritual* Wellness to you
The Mt. Zion Health and Wellness Ministry
 
Reference:  www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/self-testing.html
 

December 2021 Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tip
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
December 2021
 
December is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, AIDS Awareness Month, Seasonal Depression Awareness Month; and December 5-11 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

The month of December is a joyous time for Christians, filled with preparations for family gatherings to celebrate the birth of our Savior.  However, the holiday season can be a time of sadness and depression for many people, especially those who have recently lost loved ones or have had a loss around the holiday season.  Seasonal depression occurs when mood changes begin and end when the seasons change. People may start to feel “down” when the days get shorter in the fall and winter (also called “winter blues”) and begin to feel better in the spring, with longer daylight hours.  To fight seasonal depression, we can pray for the stronghold of depression to be lifted.  Let our inner "joy" help us to remember the blessings of life and tomorrow's promise!  Make realistic expectations for the holiday season – don’t feel pressured to spend.  Cherish the memories you have with loved ones who have passed away, knowing that they are always with you in spirit.  During this holiday season reach out to friends and family to stay connected.  Also connect with your community or faith-based organizations — While social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.  Always remember the reason for this holiday season - our love of Christ and the celebration of His birth! 
 
If you need help dealing with feelings of depression, or know someone you feel may be having difficulty dealing with feelings of depression, please contact The Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225, available 24/7.  Your pastor is also available to provide prayer and spiritual counselling.

Update from the CDC:  We have the Tools to Fight Omicron
Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.  COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.  Scientists are currently investigating Omicron, including how protected fully vaccinated people will be against infection, hospitalization, and death.  CDC recommends that everyone 5 years and older protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting fully vaccinated.  CDC recommends that everyone ages 18 years and older should get a booster shoot at least two months after their initial J&J vaccine, or six months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series of Pfizer or Moderna.
Masks offer protection agains all variants.  CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in public indoor settings in ares of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.  CDC provides advice about masks for people who want to learn more abut what type of mask is right for them depending on their curcumstances.

Resources:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/omicron-variant.htm                                                              https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-beat-the-winter-blues-5087998

 
Praying for *Mind, Body, and Spiritual* wellness to you,
 The Mt. Zion Health and Wellness Ministry

November Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tip
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
November 2021
 
November is National Diabetes Month
 
Due to the ongoing pandemic, many people have been working from home. Because of the sedentary lifestyle and resultant weight gain, newly diagnosed prediabetes are of concern. When it comes to prediabetes, there are no clear symptoms—so you may have it and not know it. Here’s why that’s important: Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes—blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. You may have some of the symptoms of diabetes or may even have some of the complications. Therefore, it is important to have a yearly physical with bloodwork, or seek medical care of you develop symptoms. If caught early we can keep prediabetes from becoming type 2 diabetes (non-Insulin required). Type 1 (lifetime Insulin required).
 
The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.
  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty; Feeling very hungry—even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet
 
For some people with prediabetes, prompt treatment, as well as moderate lifestyle changes like increasing daily physical activity and eating healthier can return blood sugar levels to a normal range, effectively preventing or delaying the development of type 2 diabetes. Keep in mind that, according to the CDC, having either type 1 or type 2 diabetes can make you more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, so getting a COVID-19 vaccination and booster are recommended.
 
Resource: https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes
 
Praying for *Mind, Body and Spiritual* wellness to you,
 The Mt. Zion Health and Wellness Ministry

October 2021 Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tip
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
October 2021
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
 
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.  Make sure that you get a mammogram when recommended by your health care provider.
 
There are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all. If you have any signs that worry you, see your health care provider right away.  Symptoms can include—
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood).
  • A new lump in the breast or underarm.
 
This is flu season, and the CDC is recommending COVID-19 and flu vaccines for people with weakened immune systems.  This is especially important for people undergoing treatment for cancer, as well as cancer survivors.
 
  • Flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.
  • Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar and include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, tiredness, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, vomiting, diarrhea – and with COVID-19, loss of taste and smell. Testing is needed to tell which illness it is.  As soon as you begin to feel any symptoms, get tested right away – remember COVID-19 can be deadly, especially the Delta variant so don’t try “work on yourself” at home.  Testing and vaccines for COVID-19 are free of charge and are available throughout the Metro Atlanta area. 
 
Reference:  https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/flu/index.htm
 
Praying for *Mind, Body and Spiritual* wellness to you,
 The Mt. Zion Health and Wellness Ministry

September 2021 Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tips
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
September 2021
 
We live in a medical age unprecedented in history.  Through God’s Grace, we have eliminated many of the scourges and plagues that haunted the world. Now with the COVID 19 pandemic and it’s variants, we know what we should and must do to protect ourselves and those around us.  God gave us all free will to make decisions, and we offer this prayer to strengthen us and help us make the right decisions:
 
Heavenly Father, we thank you.  You are the Comforter and Healer of all sickness and afflictions.  We depend on you to give us insight and wisdom for greater cures,therapies, and techniques to conquer disease.  Bless all health practitioners, the methods they use, and the medicines they prescribe. Father, give us the faith and trust to cooperate with the revealed truth which you have given them to help us attain wholeness of body, and mind.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
 
What We Know
The United States is facing a COVID-19 surge this summer as the more contagious Delta variant spreads.  More than 643,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.5 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.  Just 61.5% of Americans ages 12 and up are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
Vaccines are widely accessible in the United States and are available for everyone at no cost. The CDC recommends that everyone aged 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.
You will find options listed for getting the vaccination via drive-through, with no appointment required, on Mt. Zion’s website under "information." 

Reference:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html
 
 
Praying for *MBS* Wellness to you,
Mt. Zion’s Health and Wellness Ministry

August Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tips
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
August 2021
 
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
 
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.  Because there is a large population of people who continue to opt out of getting the vaccinations for COVID-19 and the Delta variant, this observance and education is vital. 
 
There are any number of reasons for people to resist getting their children vaccinated for childhood diseases such as polio, whooping cough and smallpox, but history proves that these diseases were eradicated due to vaccinations.  As your children head back to school this fall, it’s particularly important for you to work with your child’s doctor or nurse to make sure they get caught up on missed well-child visits and recommended vaccines.
 
Remember to take care of yourself too! Make sure to receive any vaccines you need to stay healthy. Use CDC’s adult vaccine assessment tool to see which vaccines might be right for you.
 
August is also a critical time for those who are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccination, check out the following websites:
  • cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/your-vaccination.html
  • cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html
 
We urge anyone who is still reluctant to get vaccinated to research, educate yourself and pray about getting the vaccination.  2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of sound mind.
 
Resource:
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) | CDC
 
Praying for *MBS* Wellness to you, The Health and Wellness Ministry

July Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tips
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
July 2021
 
 
With temperatures on the rise and pandemic-related restrictions lifting, many are anxious to return to a state of normalcy.  According to the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccines appear to be effective at preventing COVID-19 disease and reducing the risks of people spreading the disease.  People who have been fully vaccinated can resume activities that they had stopped because of the pandemic.  Keep in mind that if you have a chronic medical condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated.  For those with chronic medical conditions, you may need to continue taking all precautions – wearing masks in public and social distancing, even after vaccination.
 
For now, although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.
 
The CDC cannot provide the specific risk level for every activity in every community.  It is important to consider your own personal situation and the risk to you, your family, and your community before venturing out.
 
This summer let us also attempt to increase our physical activity level – moving more and sitting less, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and staying well hydrated – making water our primary beverage.   
 
 
Praying for *MBS* Wellness to you, Mt. Zion Health and Wellness Ministry
 
Reference:
Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)Division of Viral Diseases
 

June 2021 Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tips
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
June 2021
 
 
The first Sunday in June is recognized as National Cancer Survivors Day.  A day to celebrate life for everyone who has been touched by cancer.  It is a day to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges cancer survivors and their families face because of their disease.   Mt. Zion celebrates all cancer survivors on this day and every day!  May God bless and keep you.
 

May 2021 Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tips
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
May 2021

 
March is National Stroke Awareness Month
 
The aim of National Stroke Awareness Month is to make Americans aware that they may be able to save the life of a person experiencing a stroke.

The National Stroke Awareness Month program places emphasis on making the public aware about Acting FAST.  

FAST is an acronym to help you remember what to look for in a suspected stroke victim:

  • F - Face / Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?
  • A - Arm / After raising both arms, does one of the arms drift downwards?
  • S - Speech /After repeating a simple phrase, does the person's speech sound slurred or strange?
  • T - Time / If any or all of the above are observed call for 9-1-1 and ask for medical assistance.  According to the National Stroke Association, a person experiencing a stroke can survive if someone who knows the symptoms acts FAST
Anyone can help someone who is having a stroke.  You do not have to be a health care provider to save a life, and even a child can help.   No matter where you are - at home, at the store, at church, or at school, be aware if someone has the above symptoms and act FAST to help!

For more detailed information about strokes, please view the "Health Information" page under Ministries on Mt. Zion's website. mountzionbapt.org


Praying for *MBS* Wellness to you, The Health and Wellness Ministry
 

April Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tips
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
April 2021
 
April is designated as National Stress Awareness Month.
  
Stress management is vital to our overall health, so it’s important to learn and practice successful ways to cope with stress. 
 
How do I know if I have too much stress?
 
If you have too much stress in your life, your body will let you know.  Stress may be experienced in different ways.  Some things you may notice include:
 
Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of worry and fear
  • Muscle tension
  • Sweaty palms
  • Heart pounding
  • Irritability toward others
  • Fatigue
 
If you are overly stressed for a long period of time, it can put your health at risk.  A list of encouraging ways to respond to the stress in your life and keep your stress levels in check include:
 
Prayer and meditation
  • Therapeutic massage and aromatherapy
  • Affirm what is right with your life instead of dwelling on what’s wrong
  • Exercise.  Aim to do at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week.  When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in the body!
  • Get proper rest, eat a well-balanced diet and get regular health checks with your primary care provider.
Remember that life often presents us with stressful situations and it is easy to allow ourselves to fall into fear, worry and anxiety, but thanks be to God!  He is our source of peace, hope, strength, courage, and joy amidst all trials and tribulation.  Pray, and trust in Him to supply all of our needs and calm our anxious hearts with his Spirit of peace, joy, hope and love!
  
Praying for *MBS* Wellness to you, Mt. Zion Health and Wellness Ministry
 
*Source: Beliefnet
 
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