December Wellness Tip

Parish Nurse Wellness Tip

December 2019

December is here again and we will celebrate our Lord and Saviors birth!  God created us in His image and He wants us to create for the glory of Him. 

December is Hand Washing Awareness month and even though this sounds a bit mundane it is so very important in our lives.  Handwashing helps prevent infection and the spread of germs.  It is easy to forget about the simple task of washing one’s hands and what a difference it can make to our health and well being. 

Go to the link below to learn more about proper handwashing.

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Ffeatures%2Fhandwashing%2Findex.html

Merry Christmas!

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

Parish Nurse

November Wellness Tip

Parish Nurse Wellness Tip

November 2019

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness month! Today there are 5.4 million Americans with this disease. If you have this disease, or know someone who does, it is important to learn more so you or your loved ones know what to expect. Go to the link below to learn more. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20350447

Have a great November and Thanksgiving!

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN. RN

Parish Nurse

October Wellness Tip

Parish Nurse Wellness Tip October 2019

October is Physical Therapy Month! I really want to give a lot of kudos to the physical therapists I have worked with in my years as a nurse. Most patients do not want to see the physical therapist because a lot of what they have the patient do is a bit of work, and they often tire, so they associate that with not being so fun. Well, the reality is that the physical therapist is your best friend. They really help get patients on their feet literally and give them tools to stay fit and healthy.

If you have ever had an injury and needed to go to physical therapy, you know the benefits. I recently had a shoulder impingement and tendonitis of my elbow and my physical therapist really helped me heal fast.

Go to the link below and check out more about the benefits of physical therapy.

https://www.burke.org/blog/2015/10/10-reasons-why-physical-therapy-is-beneficial/58

Parish Nurse

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

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August Wellness Tip

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August 2019

The summer is flying by and it feels to me that Fall is coming a little too fast!  August is Immunization Awareness Month.  There has been a lot of discussion over the last decade about whether immunizations are necessary and that maybe immunizations could cause problems such as autism. 

Research has proven that immunizations do not cause autism.  The reason we have immunizations for many different diseases today is to protect the population from contracting these diseases that could be life-threatening. 

It is best to immunize your child or children so they do not contract these diseases.  Go to the link below to learn more about immunizations and why they are so important.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/vaccines/art-20048334

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

Parish Nurse

July Wellness Tip

Parish Nurse Wellness Tip

July 2019

July is a time many people go on vacation and spend a lot of time outdoors.  The sun in shining, the weather is warm and we enjoy this time of year. 

A little bit of sun feels good to most of us and does not usually cause much damage.  Daily time in the sun with Ultraviolet Rays (UVA) can cause skin damage and potentially lead to skin cancer. 

July is National Ultraviolet and Skin Cancer Awareness month.  Go to the link below to learn more about sun safety and what to do to prevent skin damage.  Have a great July and thank God for our beautiful days!

https://voice.ons.org/stories/raise-awareness-in-july-for-ultraviolet-safety-and-skin-cancer-risk

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

Parish Nurse

June Wellness Tips

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June 2019

June is here and we are having beautiful sunny days! June is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. So much research is being conducted regarding our brains and memory. Everyone forgets some times and as we age our recall may slow. This does not mean we have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. People with Alzheimer’s disease, tend to repeat statements over and over and routinely misplace articles. Alzheimer’s disease is not a part of normal aging. Alzheimer’s disease may be difficult for family members to understand. Go to the link below to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease. Pray for all those who have the disease and their caregivers.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20350447

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

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May Wellness Tips

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May 2019

This month is National Physical Fitness and Sports month!  Physical fitness is important at any age and physical activity helps keep you healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Now that the weather is warming up and the sun is shining, you may want to spend a little more time outdoors participating in an activity you enjoy.  Go to the link below to learn more about staying fit.  Have a great May. 

https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/MayToolkit.aspx

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

Parish Nurse

April Wellness Tips

Parish Nurse Wellness Tips

April 2019

It is Spring and the snow is almost gone and the sun in shining! April is National Volunteers Month. If you volunteer or have a desire to volunteer, you may already know that it is very good for your health and well-being.

As Christians, we are to serve our Lord and when we volunteer and help others we are doing just that. If you have not volunteered or want to volunteer, there are many organizations and people that can use your help. Go to the link below to find out more about how volunteering benefits your health.

https://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/helping-people-changing-lives-the-6-health-benefits-of-volunteering

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

Parish Nurse

March Wellness Tips

Parish Nurse Wellness Tip

March 2019

March is Sleep Awareness Month.  You’ve probably heard quite a bit of news lately about sleep and how important it is for our well-being.  Sleep helps our body and mind recover from all the work we do during the day.  God gave us night so we could rest and be restored for the next day.

More research is being done everyday regarding sleep and how much we need to stay healthy.

If we do not sleep enough we may be prone to disease and poor health.  Have a great March.

Go to the link below to learn more about sleep and wellness.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/sleep-the-foundation-for-healthy-habits/art-20270117

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February Wellness Tips

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February 2019

February is National Heart month.  Did you know that your heart beats approximately 70,000 times in a 24 – hour day?  It is amazing how hard our heart works to pump blood to our vital organs.  Since the heart is a muscle it is important to work that muscle every day. Exercise is important and you do not have to climb a mountain to maintain a healthy heart. 

Getting enough sleep, eating the right foods and exercising are all ways to maintain a healthy heart.  Keeping stress levels down will also help to maintain a healthy heart. 

The Mayo Clinic staff and Harvard Medical School have information about heart health.  Go to the links below to learn more.  Have a heart filled February!

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

Parish Nurse

January New Year – Healthy Eating

Parish Nurse Wellness Tip

Happy New Year!  It seems every January we begin the new year thinking about our health and nutrition especially after overindulging during the holiday season.  I’m sure you are very aware of the many diets out there telling you how to eat and what is good for you.  The problem with all this information is how do you choose and what is the best information. 

 In my experience as a nurse and a female who has struggled at different times in my life to lose a few pounds or to eat the most nutritious way, I have found that we all need to know the basics and then create our own plan that works for us.  It is not just about calories, it is about a healthy balance of fats, carbohydrates (carbs) and proteins.  Today, carbs have been given a bad reputation, but if you eat the right carbs they are part of a healthy diet plan. 

 God has given us plenty in the USA and we are blessed to have an abundance and a variety of different foods.  We need to praise God for what He has given us and ask for His guidance so we choose well. 

 Go to the link below and learn more about nutrition and eating healthy.  It may take you some time to figure out what works for you but with God’s help you will achieve your goal.  Have a great January. 

 https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/

 

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

Parish Nurse

December Holiday Eating

Parish Nurse Wellness Tip

The holidays are coming and everywhere you go there is food! Most of the time, it is food full of lots of sugar and fat that taste fabulous but does not do our bodies or our souls much good.  I do believe it is important to indulge once in a while especially around the holidays.  However, that does not mean eating these high sugar and fat foods everyday until the holiday or everyday and the holiday.

So, I want to share some tips from the Mayo Clinic staff to help you choose well during this wonderful holiday time.  Go to the link below to learn more about healthy holiday nutrition.

https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/10-healthy-holiday-nutrition-tips/

 

Have a Merry Christmas

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

Parish Nurse

November is National Caregivers Month

Parish Nurse Wellness Tip for November

The leaves are falling and the weather is cooling down.  November is a lovely month and Thanksgiving is around the corner.  November is National Caregivers month.  If you are a caregiver, or if you know someone who is a caregiver, you know what an enormous loving devotion it requires of a person.

As stated by the Mayo Clinic staff (2018), caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient people. If you’re a caregiver, you will want to take steps to preserve your own health and well-being.

Go to the link below to find out more about being a caregiver, the rewards and the stresses.  Have a great November!

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/caregiver-stress/art-20044784?_ga=2.233138267.452041997.1540321722-510360093.1539717409

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

Parish Nurse

October and Halloween Safety

Parish Nurse Wellness Tip for October

October is such a beautiful month in Central Oregon.  This month is special to children because they get to dress up for Halloween!!  As much as Halloween is great fun, there are safety measures that families should take to keep their children safe. If you want to learn some ghoulishly good practices go to the link below.

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/autumn/halloween

Hope you have a real happy and safe Halloween !

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

Parish Nurse