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by connecting and/or creating healthy resources for their lives.

Click here to see our Health Ministry February Newsletter Insert -----> February 2020



Yes, Healthy Holiday Eating IS Possible!


Eating healthy can be a challenge any time of year, but particularly over the holidays. Many people gain several pounds from October through January, and this extra weight often sticks around through the rest of the year. By making a plan in advance and sticking to it, we can avoid the pitfalls of holiday parties and maintain our health. 

  • Eat breakfast—studies show people who eat breakfast take in fewer calories during the day.

  • Drink a glass of water before and during meals to help you feel full and stay in control.

  • Eat a healthy snack before you go to a holiday party or dinner. If you arrive hungry, you will eat more than you need or had planned on eating.

  • Have a plan. Make a conscious decision to eat healthy. Decide what you will eat and how much you can eat before you go. Select foods that fit into your plan.

  • Make a healthy contribution. Support your friends and family members’ efforts to be healthy. Think about fresh veggies with low-fat dip, a fresh fruit tray or hummus with baked pita chips. Proteins—nuts, low-fat dairy, legumes and lean meat in healthy portions will help you feel full. Bake with whole grain flour. Include non-alcoholic drinks as well, since alcohol is a source of many unnecessary calories.

  • Putting food on a plate, rather than grazing, helps you be more mindful of what you’re eating and how much, and using a smaller plate helps manage the temptation to put more on your plate than you need.

  • Slow down—the first bites you take are the most satisfying; enjoy them without thinking you need the entire dish. It takes your brain time to receive the signal that you’re full, so slow down and enjoy every bite. Put your fork down in between bites. Wait for the seconds—if you wait 10 minutes, you’ll feel more full and the temptation for seconds will pass. Once you feel full, stop; put a napkin over or clear your plate.

  • Finally, be active! Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and helps offset any weight gain. If you feel you’re short on time, you can take two brisk walks each day, 10-15 minutes each time. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Exercise will also give you an added energy boost so you can enjoy the celebrations at hand.

Have a Happy and Healthy Christmas and New Year’s!!

If you have not received a flu vaccine yet this season, it’s not too late! CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older who has not been vaccinated yet this season, get vaccinated now. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that provide protection against influenza virus infection, so get vaccinated right away. Flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks, including over the holidays when many people travel and visit family and friends. The sooner you get vaccinated, the more likely you are to be protected against flu when activity picks up in your community. The best step you can take to keep your family, and yourself, protected from flu is to get a flu vaccine!

Meet the members of the Health Ministry Advisory Board—Chapter Four

     Beverly Armbruster, member at Bethlehem, was baptized, confirmed and married at St. John Lutheran Church. She and Jerry have been married 40 years, and they have three children, two daughters-in-law, and three granddaughters. She has been a teacher for 34 years, working with preschool, kindergarten and first grade children. Bev has served with the health ministry since its beginning stages nearly five years ago. When asked what drew her to serve the Prairie Faith Health Ministry, she replied, “Curiosity!” She wondered what it was about and she wondered how a church-based group like this might be able to help children in the community. In addition, her own Mom’s health was starting to fail at the same time--Bev saw all that was involved in helping her Mom stay at home as long as possible, and she became familiar with supporting her Mom’s needs during physician visits, hospitalizations, home health and eventually a nursing home and hospice care.


     When asked what her personal health/wellness goals are, Bev stated, “I would like to find consistency on a daily basis in my overall health--walking, drinking ketones, stretching, and eating healthier.”


     Bev’s hopes for the future of the health ministry include ideas for the children of the community, such as some type of after-school program and also a big sister-brother-buddy type program where adults meet up with children to help them with homework, take them for a snack, and serve as a positive mentor. Through the years, Bev has helped the health ministry group remember that the health ministry is not just for elderly or sick persons—for example, as the public transportation project developed, Bev suggested that we not forget that our community’s children (with an accompanying adult) have situations where they sometimes lack transportation to attend medical, dental or mental health appointments out of town. Bev concluded by stating she hoped that in the future, the Prairie Faith churches would begin helping to fund the health ministry’s work in our communities. If you have ideas for the health ministry that you would like to discuss with Bev, she would love to hear your thoughts!


     A sincere “thank you” goes to PFSM Council for designating the Parish Nurse Ministry as the recipient of the loose offering at the combined service held at Zion on October 27, 2019. The generosity of those who donated was overwhelmingthank you to those of you who contributed on that day! And another heartfelt thank you goes to several individuals who recently made personal financial contributions to the health ministry. Your generosity is very much appreciated!


May God bless you and your offering.


The health ministry is solely funded by donations and by grants for programs for the whole-person health and wellness needs of our communities, regardless of any type of church affiliation. Donations are welcomed throughout the year and are considered tax-deductible under the Prairie Faith Shared Ministry 501(c)(3) umbrella.

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