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Last month we looked at Diabetes. This month, we are going to discuss Pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not quite enough to be considered Type 2 diabetes. More than 1 out of 3 adults have pre-diabetes. Of those with pre-diabetes, 90% don’t know they…

Parish Nurse Notes

Let’s talk about Diabetes . . . Diabetes is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States. Diabetes increases the risk of serious health problems like: Heart disease Blindness Nerve damage-which can lead to having a toe, foot or leg removed Kidney failure Stroke The good news is that you can do…

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! ¨ Colorectal cancer is the  4th most commonly occurring cancer and the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the US.  ¨ Colorectal cancer is very preventable and very curable if caught early! ¨ Because there are often no symptoms when it is first developing, colorectal cancer can only be caught early…

Parish Nurse Notes

Know the signs of a stroke! If you think you’re having a stroke or witnessing one, call 9-1-1 immediately! Use F.A.S.T. to memorize the signs. F – Face drooping     Does the side of the face droop or is it numb? Is the person’s smile uneven? A – Arm weakness      Is one arm weak…

Parish Nurse . . . Advice for Cold Weather

Advice on staying warm and healthy during cold weather! Vaccinations – not only annual flu jab but consider pneumococcal vaccination (talk with your primary care provider). Protect against germs – avoid picking up and spreading germs by practicing good frequent hand washing. Keep active – try to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Eat well…

Parish Nurse Notes-September

Happy Fall! And unfortunately, soon the flu season! The St. Paul Health Ministry Committee is again planning a flu vaccine clinic on Sunday, October 28th from 10-11 a.m. provided by the IU Health Community Health department nurses. We are also planning to hold our annual Health Fair at the same time. More details will follow…

Parish Nurse Notes…Dental Health

The Root of Dental Care Healthy teeth and gums count for more than a pretty smile in pictures. Regular brushing, flossing and trips to the dentist help prevent both cavities and serious gum disease. Brush your best! Use a brush with soft bristles to avoid harm to your gums. Aim for 30 seconds in each…

Parish Nurse Notes…Daily Steps!

Tips for Adding Steps to Your Day Mow the lawn with a walking mower. Park in the back row of the parking lot. Tour a museum, zoo, or nature preserve. Choose the stairs instead of the elevator. Volunteer to walk dogs for an animal shelter. Put the remote in the drawer. Get up to change…

Parish Nurse Notes…Mealtime Blessings

Happy June! I came across an article on Mealtime Blessings and wanted to share a simple prayer for families with younger children. Why is it important? For children, mastering the repetition both grows their sense of confidence and reinforces the meaning of the words they say. For adults, the prayers are simple reminders of deeper…

Parish Nurse Notes…Your Kidneys

15% of adults in the US are affected by kidney disease. Surprisingly, most people with kidney disease or reduced kidney function are not even aware of it. Some signs and symptoms of kidney disease. Healthy kidneys do three important things: (1) remove wastes from the blood via the urine and return clean blood to the…