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BLOOD DRIVE

Posted on June 14, 2018 in: Healthy Parish Blog

Blood drive Sunday June 24, 2018  8:00 AM – 12:45 PM in the Parish Center To register online: www.redcrossblood.org Enter sponsor code “StPeterParissh” By phone: 1-80-REDCROSS  

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A Healthier Life

Posted on June 14, 2018 in: Healthy Parish Blog

The Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Heart Plan + Healthier Life:  In Three Easy Steps Eat 5 – How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat every day?  Five servings are recommended.  If you’re already eating this many, great!  If not, look in your refrigerator and pantry and see what kinds of fruits and vegetables you have on hand; it’s what you already eat, so start there.  Plan a day’s food using five servings of what you already have on hand, then add other fruits and vegetables you enjoy. Move 10 – Your goal is to move actively with moderate intensity at...

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Exercise with us!

Posted on May 29, 2018 in: Healthy Parish Blog

Next Exercise Class:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:00 AM, Starting June 11, 2018.  Our ExerStart class ends June 1.  The next Exercise Class begins June 11 and will last for 10 weeks; we will work around the Rummage Sale and the cleaning of the gym. Again, we will focus on aerobic activity, strength training, flexibility, and balance.   

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Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer, is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects men and women from all racial and ethnic groups and is most common in people age 50 and older. Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon (the large intestine or large bowel) or the rectum (the passageway that connects the colon to the anus). Abnormal growths, called polyps, may form in the colon or rectum; some polyps may turn into cancer. Screening tests can find pol...

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It’s not too late to start tracking your health. During the month of February, the St. Charles County Health Department is offering screenings without appointment. After February, you can still call for an appointment. Heart Health Screenings Available 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. During February, no appointment is necessary. 636-949-7319 Health Services Clinic 1650 Boones Lick Road, Lower Level (Entrance B), St. Charles Fasting total cholesterol; Fasting triglyceride; Fasting High Density Lipoprotein (HDL); Fasting glucose; Hemoglobin A1C blood test; On-site (express) glucose blood check. The...

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  American Heart Association - My Life Check® My Life Check®, was designed by the American Heart Association, to improve health by educating the public on how best to live. These checks are not expensive to take, and can be made by just about anyone. Even modest improvements to health make big differences. This simple seven-step list can help you to live a long productive healthy life. Take a small step to a big change! Life’s Simple 7 Manage Blood Pressure - A major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Healthy blood pressure reduces strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys. Con...

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Tyroid Awareness Month

Posted on January 25, 2018 in: Healthy Parish Blog

Feeling Slowed Down More Than Usual? It may be time for a check-up.  Hypothyroidism, too-low thyroid hormone level, is the most common form of thyroid disorder, affecting up to 15 percent of Americans in cases ranging from mild to those requiring medication. When thyroid hormone levels are too low, the body’s cells cannot get enough thyroid hormone and the body’s processes start slowing down. As the body slows, you feel colder, tire more easily, have drier skin, feel more constipated, become more forgetful, or feel depressed.  These symptoms are nonspecific so to know if you have hypothyroidism ...

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Are You Making Progress

Posted on January 02, 2018 in: Healthy Parish Blog

Are You Making Progress?                  Matthew Kelly and I are on the same page this year.  His book, Perfectly Yourself, dovetails nicely with the objectives of the Healthy People, Healthy Parish program.  By making changes that allow us to become “better” in some way, we improve the health of the parish by improving the health of the people, one person at a time.                   At the heart of the matter is the age-old questi...

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Are You Making Progress

Posted on January 02, 2018 in: Healthy Parish Blog

Are You Making Progress?                  Matthew Kelly and I are on the same page this year.  His book, Perfectly Yourself, dovetails nicely with the objectives of the Healthy People, Healthy Parish program.  By making changes that allow us to become “better” in some way, we improve the health of the parish by improving the health of the people, one person at a time.                   At the heart of the matter is the age-old questi...

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Mark your calendar ... invite your framily.  January 11, 2018.  6:30 PM.  Action Plan for Successful Aging.  Parish Center.  Learn how to talk with older family members as you travel through life together.  Come, start the conversation with your loved ones about aging, health, driving, living choices, and end of life.   

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Another New Year – Another New Start Christmas Day has passed.  It’s New Year’s Eve and we’ve all decided to do things differently in 2018.  Making changes for better health requires developing new habits.  Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit.  SparkPeople offers suggestions to help you stay on track with your New Year’s Resolutions. 31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calendar_2007-01.pdf Would you rather enjoy the company of your fellow parishioners in an exercise program?  Join us Janu...

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End-of-Life Presentation

Posted on October 26, 2017 in: Healthy Parish Blog

End-of-Life Presentation:  The Good Death November 1, 2017 following 12:00 and 7:00 pm Holy Masses. November 2, 2017 following 8:00 am Holy Mass Parish Café.  

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Natural Family Planning

Posted on October 05, 2017 in: Healthy Parish Blog

We sang this song as children hoping this would be the natural order of events.  Then, as now, this order involves planning based on important factors such as finances, relationship stability, marital status, and God’s will for us to have children.  Catholic women think that having three to four children is ideal; the national average is two.  If someone told you this ideal was possible by using a method that is natural,  involves no harmful drugs, and encourages intimacy between husband and wife, would you be interested?  Such a method exists and it is called natural family planning.  ...

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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-life planning.  And there’s more to come in this next year. I was unable to track progress over time so the 2020 no longer made sense.  I reflected on what the program has accomplished this year and what we actually did:  we improved the health of some people by chan...

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Tai Chi and Yoga

Posted on August 31, 2017 in: Healthy Parish Blog

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 practice that originated in China as a martial art. Its three major components are physical movement, meditation and deep breathing.  Tai chi is based on the belief that there is a vital life force called qi that regulates a person’s body, mind and spirit. These movements, called f...

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Balancing Act

Posted on August 29, 2017 in: Healthy Parish Blog

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, housework, yardwork, castle-work, and kingdom-work. Just walking around the house or down the block requires good balance. So does sitting down, rising from a chair, going up and down stairs, carrying packages, and even turning to look behind you. Some of the physical reasons for p...

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Exercise with us!

Posted on July 27, 2017 in: Healthy Parish Blog

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 cost of a cup of coffee. We will start by praying the Angelus at 12 so please arrive a little before this time. I’ll get you registered and we’ll begin. Please bring with you a water -drink container, and one of the following items for strength training: resistance band, tw...

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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: “Repent and be baptized; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Three thousand responded that day.  How will you respond to the gifts of the Holy Spirit this year? As the Parish Nurse, I encourage you to respond to them in a healthy manner, by taking care of your body,...

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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 recommended by the American Red Cross. If you suspect a bite from a dog, cat, or human being, look for a bite mark and assess for bleeding or pain.  Remember to check under clothing if pain or bleeding appears on covered body parts or clothing. If bleeding is minor, use a barrier such a...

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A Marian Month of May

Posted on April 27, 2017 in: Healthy Parish Blog

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 believed that Christian perfection came through devotion to Jesus and to Mary and through a perfect renewal of our baptismal vows. Among his many achievements was the writing of True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, Preparation for the Reign of Jesus Christ.  The aim of this book is...

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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 average American home contains many poisonous substances.  Cleaning products, detergents, single-load detergent packets, prescription medications, over-the-counter/herbal medicines, narcotics, illegal drugs, synthetic cannabinoids/marijuana, personal care products, nail polish remover, mout...

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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 children’s home in Calcutta, that was inspired by a list of Paradoxical Commandments written by Kent Keith. These “paradoxical” commandments include kindness, honesty, happiness, goodness, helping others, and loving.  Inspiration can come from anywhere, from songs and po...

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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 lower them through diet, exercise, or medications.  Starting at age 18, have your blood pressure checked regularly.  High blood pressure often has no signs or symptoms. Ask your doctor about taking aspirin every day.  If you are age 50 to 59, taking aspirin every day can lowe...

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The Heart Knows

Posted on February 21, 2017 in: Healthy Parish Blog

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 cholesterol and fatty material, called plaque, build up inside arteries.  Causes of this plaque build-up include too much fat and cholesterol in the blood, high blood pressure, smoking, and too much sugar in the blood (usually because of diabetes) When plaque blocks an artery, it i...

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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 attack, and lifestyle changes you can make to keep your heart healthy. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  To help prevent heart disease, you can: eat healthy, get active, stay at a healthy weight, quit smoking, stay away from ...

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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 charity, nourished by good works, and perfected through the control of our senses.  As you live out the daily events of your lives, pay attention to your habits and reflect on how well your habits nourish your faith and promote your health. Are you animated by charity in relationships w...

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National Wear Red Day

Posted on January 29, 2017 in: Healthy Parish Blog

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 fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health.  The Heart Truth logo is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change: &m...

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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 adults can test their knowledge about drugs in a 12-question multiple-choice quiz on the NIDA website.  teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/take-iq-challenge/2017 The National Institute on Drug Abuse has published an educational booklet entitle Drugs: Shatter the ...

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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 hopes of catching prostate cancer early before it has a chance to grow, spread, or cause symptoms. Catching the disease early may be an important part of effective treatment. Prostate cancer is not like many other cancers in that it usually grows slowly and does not usually lead to death. ...

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Pneumonia

Posted on November 04, 2016 in: Healthy Parish Blog

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 likely to get pneumonia. Symptoms of pneumonia caused by bacteria usually come on quickly and may include: Fever or Cough. You will likely cough up mucus (sputum) from your lungs. Mucus may be rusty or green or tinged with blood. Fast breathing and feeling short of breath, shaking and...

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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 benefits. Benefits of the program include and improved ability to perform activities of daily living; improved mood and memory, and the good, clean fun that happens when a group of Catholic adults come together to get fit. You’ll learn how to perform 43 different exercises that...

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Freedom from the Fear of Death This year on All Saints Day and on All Souls Day we will sponsor a presentation concerning end-of-life issues.  Join Deacon Larry and Parish Nurse Retha following the 7:00 PM Mass on All Saints Day, November 1, or following the 8:00 AM Mass on All Souls Day, November 2, to learn about Catholic teaching on End-of-Life Issues and to reflect on how you want to live the final days of your life here on earth.

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