The Parish Nurse is a liaison between the individual and their family, parish, and medical health system, promoting both physical and spiritual health care, and assisting with active health care issues. Care is given to balance faith, knowledge, and skills to help the individual reach an optimum sense of well-being. The Parish Nurse does not provide physical nursing care but instead works to assure that the medical and spiritual needs of parishioners are met through the gifts we each receive from the Holy Spirit. The Parish Nurse functions through the following seven roles: health educator, health counselor, referral agent, health advocate, facilitator of volunteers, developer of support groups, and integrator of faith and healing of mind, body and soul. If you would like to contact the Parish Nurse, please use the information provided below.
Linda M. Walsh, RN, BSN
You and Your Heart
Your overall health has a direct effect on your heart health. Large waist line measurements, lack of exercise, and carrying extra weight around negatively affects the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively. This leads to elevated blood pressure, heart failure, and possibly stroke. Even losing 10-15 pounds can significantly improve your heart heath. Here are some tips: eat smaller portions, add more fruits and vegetables to your plate, choose lean meats and whole grains, exercise regularly, and stick with the plan! Add variety to your choice of foods and activity to prevent getting bored with your routine. Before you start, always discuss your plan with your healthcare provider for guidance regarding exercise, foods and medications. For more information to keep your heart healthy go to: https://healthyforgood.heart.org/.
Other Healthy Information From Around the Community
AARP Tax Preparation Assistancefor low to moderate income taxpayers -- free, confidential, no appointment required. Available from 2/1/18 – 4/17/18 as follows: Tuesdays, 10 am – 2 pm at the East Cobb Library on Lower Roswell Road and Thursdays, 11:30 am – 3 pm at the Mountain View Library on Sandy Plains Road. Other locations available throughout Cobb County. For more information go to www.aarp.org/taxaide.
Free heart information and screenings this weekend! Stop by the table in the narthex for more information on keeping your heart healthy. Then, be sure to stop by Nursery A for free blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol screenings from 3-7 pm on Saturday and 8 am - 2 pm on Sunday.