Prairie Faith Health Ministry News

Walking alongside individuals to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs,

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


Don’t Believe Everything You Read.”


It’s a good piece of advice—including health-related information on the internet. Out of the millions of websites and articles that are available, how does a person find accurate information versus myths, half-truths, opinions or scams? You can start by asking yourself these questions:




Where did this information come from? Any website that provides health-related information should say where it got the information. See if you can find answers to the following questions:


  • Who wrote this information? The person or group that runs the website doesn’t always write the information. Many health-related websites post information that comes from other sources. If this is the case, the original source should be clearly stated.

  • If a health care professional didn’t write the information, was it reviewed by a doctor or medical expert?

  • Some information contains numbers and statistics. Is the source of the numbers listed? Is it a reliable source?

  • Does something on the website appear to be someone’s opinion rather than a fact? If so, is the opinion from a qualified person or group? Look for the evidence--rely on medical research, not opinion.



How current is this information? Health information is constantly changing. Researchers learn new things about diseases and their treatments all the time. Useful health-related information should be up-to-date. Look for pages that have been reviewed in the past 1 to 2 years. If it’s been longer than that, continue to search for more recently updated information.




Who is responsible for the content of the website? This can make a difference in how reliable the information is. Look for an "about us" page. Check to see who runs the site: is it a branch of the government, a university, a health organization, a hospital, a business, or an individual person? Focus on quality. Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted? Be skeptical. Things that sound too good to be true often are. You want current, unbiased information based on research.


Websites published by an organization


  • a college or university (.edu)

  • a nonprofit organization (.org)

  • the U.S. government (.gov)

    These sites are usually the most reliable sources of health information. They’re usually not supported by for-profit companies such as drug or insurance companies.

         Websites published by a company

    Sites with .com web addresses may represent a specific company selling products or services. Commercial sites can offer useful and accurate health information, but the company also may be profiting by the service. Double check information from these sites with your doctor or a more reputable site.

       Websites published by an individual

    Websites published by individuals may offer support and advice to help you cope with certain conditions and their treatments, but the health information may or may not always be accurate.


    Bottom line: consider the source—use recognized authorities. And it’s important to remember that information that you find on a website does not replace your doctor’s advice. Your doctor is the best person to answer questions about your personal health. If you read something on the web that doesn’t agree with what your doctor has told you, ask him or her about it and open up a discussion. Ask your doctor what websites he or she recommends for further information about your diagnosis or your health choices.


    Patient/health care provider partnerships lead to the best medical decisions.

    (Information for this article was gathered from the American Academy of Family Physicians and MedlinePlus)


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

Margaret Schmitt, member of Bethlehem, has served with the health ministry from our beginnings in April of 2015. Margaret grew up on a farm in rural Trego County. She moved ten miles from her childhood home to her current farm when she and Brad married in 1983. They have two adult children, Mitch, who lives in the Houston area and Monte, who lives in Hays. Margaret works as a para-educator at Trego Grade School during the school year, and summers find her helping with harvest and other farm activities, tending her large vegetable garden, and taking care of the farm’s yard, windbreaks and flowers. She currently is serving on both the Bethlehem Church Council and PFSM Council and helps with the Midweek meals. Margaret stated that she was excited to help with the health ministry when she was asked to serve. She said that she has had an interest in healthy nutrition dating back to her high school years, and her interest in health/wellness grew to encompass an interest in healthy physical activity. When colder weather arrives, she is often found at Trego Rec working out after work or after worship, and she encourages others to check out the facility for maintaining their own physical wellness. Margaret was always a very active participant in the Get Up, Get Out, Get Fit program, is a primary organizer for the annual Health Ministry Thanksgiving Dinner, and co-leads yoga at Bethlehem on Mondays. She stated that her personal wellness goal is not only to help herself, but to see others have/maintain/become aware of healthy ways. Margaret stated, “Serving with the health ministry has made it clearer to me what whole-person wellness encompasses—not only physical health, but emotional, spiritual, social, financial and vocational habits.” When asked about her vision for the health ministry, she stated that she would love to see it grow to include more involvement from other community churches and volunteers. Next time you run into Margaret, share your ideas for the health ministry with her for discussion at our next board meeting!

Lyle Johnston, St. John member, spent his early childhood in Ellis County on the family farm, then his family moved to the east coast—what a change, going from a small rural community to a large school of over 2,000 students! He moved back to this area to attend FHSU, then entered the work force in various capacities. He currently works for Trego Rural Water District #2 in operations and maintenance. His daughter, Meredith, is 5 ½ years old and is a happy kindergarten student at Washington Elementary in Ellis. Lyle’s favorite free-time activities involve time spent with Meredith watching cartoons and attending her dance competitions, as well as developing a home beer brewery. Lyle serves on the St. John Church Council and the Ellis County Historical Society board, and he is a former Ellis mayor and former Ellis city council member. He was excited to represent the St. John congregation/Ellis community when he began serving on the health ministry committee in October of 2017 when Brenda Lucas asked him to replace her position when she decided to step down. Lyle became involved in Christian yoga when Intern Allie started the St. John group in 2017, and he agreed to continue on as the leader when she went back to seminary. Yoga meets on Mondays at St. John at 5:00/5:30 depending on schedules. Lyle has several personal wellness goals including a spiritual goal of becoming a better all-round person, maintaining healthy eating habits, increasing his physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight. He mentioned learning a lot of helpful, interesting information during the presentation by Bryan Noone with HaysMed on Healthy Sleep—Issues and Answers held at St. John in September 2017, and he has tried to incorporate those suggestions to improve his own sleep habits. If you have ideas about whole-person health/wellness for Lyle for the St. John communities, please visit with him—he would enjoy helping your ideas come to life!

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