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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
 

March 2021 Health Tip

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

March is National Kidney Month

Most people with kidney disease don’t know they have it. March is National Kidney Month and we are encouraging everyone to learn more about their kidney health.

More than 37 million Americans have chronic kidney disease – that’s about one in seven adults. The disease is underdiagnosed since a person may lose up to 90 percent of their kidney function before symptoms develop.

The biggest risk factors for kidney disease are diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and family history of kidney failure. Early identification and treatment may help to slow kidney damage and prevent additional health problems.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has provided these healthy lifestyle tips to take charge of kidney health:

  • Meet regularly with your health care team. 
  • Manage blood pressure and monitor blood glucose levels. 
  • Take medicine as prescribed and avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen. Your pharmacist and doctor need to know about all the medicines you take.
  • Aim for a healthy weight. 
  • Reduce stress and make physical activity part of your routine. Consider healthy stress-reducing activities and get at least 30 minutes or more of physical activity each day.
  • Make time for sleep. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
  • Quit smoking. If you smoke, take steps to quit.
 
Praying for *MBS* Wellness to you, The Health and Wellness Ministry

February 2021 Health Tip


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February is Heart Health Awareness Month.  Heart disease is the leading killer for both men and women in the United States.  According to the CDC, deaths from heart disease are higher in Black Americans than in White Americans and other ethnic groups.  Heart disease also develops at a younger age in Black Americans. 
 
4 Ways to Take Control of Your Heart Health
  • Do not smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
  • Manage health conditions. Work with your health care team to manage conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
  • Make heart-healthy diet changes.  Eat foods low in fat, low in added sugar, and low in salt.  Try to eat more vegetables and fruit.
  • Stay active.  You can break up exercise into 10-minute blocks for a total of 30 minutes per day.
 
 

January 2021 Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tips
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
January 2021
 
 New Year’s Resolutions
We have all made “New Year’s Resolutions,” but how often do we make these resolutions just to have them fall by the wayside by February?  This year let’s propose to try something new!  Instead of “Resolutions,” we can make “Life Goals.”   Studies show that it takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to create a lifestyle change.    
 
The Health and Wellness ministry will continue to provide monthly “Health Tips” to help us all on our journey to wellness and our life goals in 2021!
 
Suggestions for lifestyle Goals:
  • Spiritual:  Strengthen our prayer life.  Pray over our lives daily and try to expand our time with God not only to seek direction but also to request the desires of our hearts. Psalm 37:4-5.  Make room for God to bring blessings in our lives – be still.  Psalm 46:10-11.  Learn more about God to know who he is.  Think of the power of God in us and through us. 1 Thessalonians 2:13.  Keep in mind who we were before our spiritual growth and strive to leave our pasts in the past. Isaiah 43:18-19.  Remember 2021 is a new year for increased faith and abundant blessings!
 
  • Physical – Start an exercise routine.  It can be walking in place for 15 minutes while we are watching our favorite television program.  Try to increase the time you walk every day to a goal of 30 minutes to one hour daily.  Remember to exercise to your personal tolerance, and do not push yourself if you are not tolerating the activity.  Exercising is beneficial no matter what your mobility level is. When we exercise it releases a “natural high” called endorphins which can help with depression, anxiety, and pain.  Exercises can be done while sitting in a chair – what fun! 
 
  • Mental – We can all train our minds to react differently and positively to negative experiences.  Pray and ask for strength during times of grief or disappointment.  We can strive not to react to negativity by praying for the strength to walk away from an altercation, rather than to argue.  When we as Christians take “the high road” and think before we speak, listen with an open mind, and silently pray before we react, we are letting our “light shine,” and those in the world will take notice.
 
Praying for *MBS* Wellness to you - J. Renee Livsey, RN-BC

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tip
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
December 2020
  
The month of December is a joyous time for Christians, filled with preparations for family gatherings  to celebrate the birth of our savior.  This year our world is in turmoil, and as the pandemic rages on, we continue to have social distancing measures in place.  This isolation, coupled with the colder weather keeping us inside more, the holiday season can be a time of sadness and depression.  Let us fight the feelings of seasonal depression and isolation by putting on our garments of praise!  Let us get to the place where we are giving thanks and praise all the times - not just on Sunday, but every day.  Let us stay in prayer, reach out to friends and family to stay connected, and 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, please contact The Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225, available 24/7.

Pastor Bright is also available to provide prayer and spiritual counselling.
 
Praying for *mind, body, and spiritual wellness to you,
 The Mt. Zion Health and Wellness Ministry
 
 
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