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Healthy People, Healthy Parish New Name, New Mission To serve the Church by improving the health of the parish – one person at a time. Healthy Parish 2020 has been in operation for over a year now and it’s time for a few changes. Over the past year, we have engaged in exercise, prayer, nutrition management, and end-of-l...

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As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.-Joshua I have been approached about hosting classes on tai chi and yoga so I wanted to take some time this week to talk about why I do not practice either.  First a little information about what Tai Chi and Yoga are. Tai chi, also known as moving meditation, is a mind-body pra...

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Balancing Act Good posture leads to better balance.  By standing up straight, your weight is centered over your feet. This helps you maintain correct form while walking and exercising.  Working on posture and balance can strengthen your ability to engage in activities of daily living such as eating, cooking, bathing, dressing...

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Healthy Parish 2020 will begin a 10-week exercise class on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, which will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon – 1:00 PM in the Parish Center. I’m trying to reserve the gymnasium so that we can have plenty of room. (And no stairs to climb!) The cost of the class is $10; 50 cents per class, less than the...

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Using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to Improve Your Health When we celebrated Pentecost, we heard the story about the coming of the Holy Spirit.  The Jerusalem pilgrims who heard Peter’s first Pentecostal sermon, were pierced to the heart and said: “Brethren, what shall we do?”  Peter said to them: “Rep...

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Summer is swiftly approaching and folks are heading for the great outdoors.  Communing with nature and enjoying the sight and sounds of God’s creatures living around us.  Animals, insects, spiders, and snakes to name just a few.  Be prepared this summer for the occasional bite by learning some essential steps recommen...

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A Marian Month of May The feast day of St. Louis de Montfort was Friday, April 28. Born in France in 1673, St. Louis de Montfort was ordained as a priest in 1700.  An avid walker, he walked to neighboring villages teaching people about their faith.  Inspired by devotion to Jesus and to His Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, he ...

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March 19-25 is National Poison Prevention Week Each day of the week promotes a daily theme related to poisoning. Theme this year include:  Children Act Fast … So Do Poisons - Poisonings Span a Lifetime - Home Safe Home - Medicine Safety. In short, poison is any substance that can be harmful to your body.  The averag...

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Forgiveness, Mercy, and Inspiration On the Rocks At Mass on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, children inspired us with Martina McBride’s song Anyway about building, dreaming, believing, singing, loving, and most of all praying.  McBride attributed her inspiration in part to a poem that Mother Teresa had hung in a childre...

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This is our third and final article relating to American Heart Month.  I hope this series has encouraged you to take action now to lower your risk for heart disease. Control your cholesterol and blood pressure. Both can cause heart disease and heart attack. If your cholesterol or blood pressure numbers are high, take steps to lowe...

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The Heart Knows Knowing the symptoms of heart disease and how to manage them can improve the quality of your life.  This week we continue to honor American Hearth Month by talking about heart disease and heart attack. Heart disease, also known as coronary heart disease (CHD) or coronary artery disease (CAD),  happens when ...

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February is American Heart Month Since December 30, 1963, through an act of Congress, the President of the United States has issued an annual proclamation designating February as "American Heart Month."  In honor of this event, Healthy Parish 2020 will present a three-part article about heart disease, risk factors, heart...

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Healthy Parish 2020 offers two classes related to developing healthy habits.  One of these, Temper Temptation, encourages the development of habits leading to the virtue of temperance.  Temperance is the virtue that helps us to control our appetites using the powers of reason and faith. Our Catholic faith is animated by chari...

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National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 3, 2017 National Wear Red Day is celebrated the first Friday in February each year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women. This year’s event will mark 15 years since the initial National Wear Red Day, observed to bring national attention to the...

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Shatter the Myths About Drugs and Alcohol The National Institute on Drugs Abuse (NIDA) has joined forces with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to shatter the myths about teen substance use.  NIDA and NIAAA are hosting a week-long National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week January 23-29, 2017. Teens and...

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Two objectives of Healthy People 2020 are to reduce the prostate cancer death rate to 21.8 deaths per 100,000 males and to increase the proportion of men who have discussed advantages and disadvantages of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to screen for prostate cancer with their primary care provider. Doctors offer screening in the ...

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Pneumonia is a lung infection that can make you very sick. You may be more likely to get the disease after having a cold or the flu. These illnesses make it hard for your lungs to fight infection, so it is easier to get pneumonia. Having a long-term, or chronic, disease like asthma, heart disease, cancer, or diabetes also makes you more l...

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ExerStart is a 20-week, low-intensity exercise class designed to improve balance, flexibility, strength and mobility for sedentary adults who want to increase their fitness level. Classes last 45 minutes and meet 2 times a week for 20 weeks. For people who are inactive, even small increases in physical activity are associated with health ...

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