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
Have a heart and be kind to yours!
This February, the American Heart Association is encouraging everyone to be “obsessed” with their heart health. Here are their six recommendations to help keep our hearts healthy: 1) walk at least 20 minutes a day; use stairs and park at a distance to add steps to your day; 2) enjoy one cup of coffee a week to reduce the risk of a stroke; 3) add more fiber to your diet to help reduce cholesterol levels; 4) empty bladders will help keep blood pressures down; 5) count sheep not calories; 7-8 hours of sleep helps maintain a healthy weight; 6) hugs not only bring people together, they also help reduce blood pressure in women! For more information about American Heart Month and other heart health topics go to www.heart.org.
Healthy Events at St. Ann
Northside Hospital Health Screening Day – Wednesday, 3/13 from 9 am to 1 pm in Nolan Hall. See the flyer in the Documents area of this page for more information.
Other Healthy Information From Around The Community
Your Heart – A “Health Extras” event is being offered by WellStar on Thursday, 2/21 from 9:30 – 11:30 am at the East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road. Learn how to lower your risk for heart disease and maintain a healthy heart. Cholesterol screenings from 9:30 – 10:30 with presentation starting at 10:30. The entire event is free but must RSVP to 770-956-7827.
Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training (ASiST) will take place on Thursday, 2/21 from 2 – 4 pm at Arbor Terrace East Cobb, 886 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. This training is designed to help those with friends or family members who have age-related health challenges such as neuropathy, hearing loss, vision loss, language impairment, or changes in mobility or balance. Free but space is limited. RSVP to Carrie Bellware at 770-977-4420.
Special Event at St. Ann
Foster Parenting Presentation – Every day, more and more children need foster parents to bring love, hope, and joy into their lives. Please join us on Sunday, February 24th after the 10:30 Mass in Nolan Hall and learn more about foster parenting programs in Georgia, how you can help spread the word about the importance of foster parenting, and how you can support foster parents here at St. Ann and in the state of Georgia.