APRIL Health Minute
Our Health & the Internet
This month we celebrate Easter - and new life brought to us by Jesus’ resurrection. We also recognize World Health Day in April. When it comes to our heath, the internet gives us overwhelming resources and information, but some of it can be incomplete, misleading or inaccurate. Many of us seek information about specific complaints, conditions or diseases, drugs, nutrition, and fitness. We must be discerning in using the internet.
Publication on the internet is not proof that the information is reliable, valid or up-to-date. Use the following questions as a guideline for judging the quality of the health information.
? What is the main purpose of the web site? Is it to provide accurate information and resources or to sell a product?
? What are the credentials of the authors? Are they recognized experts?
? Are there references for their claims? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
? When was the information written? Has it been updated?
? Can you contact the website owners for more information?
? Are any online support groups moderated by professionals?
? Do they increase your ability to use healthcare resources rather than replace your healthcare professional? Do they keep your information confidential?
Two verified reliable health information sites include:
www.webmd.com WebMD offers general information on health and wellness topics as well as a variety of message boards.
www.mayoclinic.org Minnesota’s own Mayo Clinic has a comprehensive site with symptom checking, first aid help, disease and surgery information.
If you have any health related questions, please feel free to contact me through the church, phone, email or personal visit.
"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." Matthew 10:16
Linda Peterson, Parish Nurse
Church Office hours; Tuesdays 9am -2pm
First Sunday of the Month: Blood Pressure clinic – visits with health questions welcome.
Church phone 651.439.5970; leave voice mail or staff can relay a message immediately
SPLC Fitness Challenge!
Here We Walk: A Journey with Martin Luther
In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, transport yourself on a virtual journey to Germany and learn about the significant places in the life of Martin Luther.
Make a donation and pick up a map to begin your journey. Donation box and maps located in the office.
Starting whenever you want to start, fill in one square on the map for every 15 minutes of physical activity. For example: walking, yoga, swimming, aerobics, biking - anything that gets you moving COUNTS! If you exercise 30 minutes every day, you will complete the journey in 6 weeks. You may begin a new map for another donation and prize entry if you wish.
Donation of $10/ person. Or $25/ family. Turn in completed maps by Sept. 24 to be entered in GRAND PRIZE drawing of the *pot* on October 1. You may keep the prize or donate it in your name to a church project, mission or fund of your choice.
Fitness challenge created and sponsored by the SPLC Health & Wellness Committee