Health & Wellness
Parish/Faith Community Nurse and Health/Wellness Committee Ministry
GLUMC has a volunteer Parish/Faith Community Nurse and a Health/Wellness Committee Ministry that provide health and spirituality promotions and education throughout the year.
§ Monthly Blood Pressure Screenings are conducted every third Sunday of the month following our worship services.
§ Health information brochures, booklets, and CareNotes are available in display areas.
§ Special projects are scheduled throughout the year. Recent events included Walk to Jerusalem by Easter™ in 2008 and Walk to Bethlehem by Christmas™ 2009. These were 12-week walks with devotional readings and physical activity with over 8,500 miles accumulated for each walk.
§ Annual Flu Shot Clinic held every fall.
§ CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training.
Annual November service - Quiet Centering for the Holidays with music, scriptures, meditations, anointing, communion, and lighting of candles for healing.
The Parish/Faith Community Nurse is available to provide information about local services available to older people and health information. You may notify the church office if you would like to make contact with the Parish/Faith Community Nurse.
Helpful web and phone contacts in time of need:
§ Call 2-1-1 or contact via internet www.211us.org This service provides crisis intervention and referrals to health and human services in Kalamazoo County as well as to communities across the State of Michigan. It provides free and confidential information and referrals for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.
§ National Family Caregivers Association provides information for family caregivers. http://www.nfcacares.org/
§ Internet Safety and Civility Tips for Parents provides useful information for parents about the internet and texting http://www.safekids.com/
§ Caring Bridge makes family communication simple during difficult times. This free website helps individuals/families share information and support throughout serious health events, care, and recovery. See their website and follow directions to set up a page. www.CaringBridge.org
BAM! Body and Mind - Site created by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for children 9-13 years old. Kid friendly information about stress and healthy lifestyles using games and interactive features that are linked to the national education standards for science and health. www.bam.gov/index.html
Websites specific for teenagers :
A Teen's Personalized Guide to Managing Stress www.aap.org/stress/buildresstress-teen.htm
Create a Personal Stress Management Guide www.aap.org/stress/teen1-a.cfm
Site for teens about health, disease, food, fitness, school, staying safe, drugs & alcohol http://kidshealth.org/teen/
This website discusses prescription drug use by youth and information about how to address the misuse/abuse. National Family Partnership www.nfp.org
Norovirus (Stomach flu) Information – symptoms & preventions http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Norovirus/
National Health Observations February
National Donor Day Feb 14 www.organdonor.gov