Welcome to the Health & Wellness Ministry
We have events scheduled throughout the year to address a wide variety of health needs for our parishioners including blood pressure screening, medication review, healthy eating and exercise, care giver resources and grief bereavement issues. Our goal is to enhance the lives of our parishioners in body, mind and spirituality.
Upcoming Schedule of Events
Quarterly Blood Pressure Screening: Health Ministry volunteers will again be available to check your blood pressure on September 8, 2019 after all morning masses. Come visit us in the conference room off the vestibule. New and repeat parishioners welcome! We will provide you with your blood pressure measurement in writing, resources for follow up if needed, and a wallet card where serial blood pressures can recorded. If you have not had your blood pressure checked this year, or take medications for blood pressure please take advantage of this free screening.
June 27, 2019 7pm Skin Cancer Prevention Program: CANCELLED due to lack of sign-ups.
Please join us for this timely program as we begin the hot summer months. Linda Ivey, Cancer Prevention Outreach Coordinator for Hartford Health Center will discuss skin cancer prevention strategies, monitoring, and early recognition.
To Be Announced, 2019 to be scheduled AED/CPR Training Program:
Coordinated by Dan and Les Carmody. Dan and Les arranged to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) donated to our church, and will coordinate teaching sessions for lectors and selected staff to familiarize them with the AED and its use.
June 2, 2019: Quarterly Blood Pressure Screening
We had a record 42 parishioners come in to have their blood pressure checked with referrals recommended as appropriate for follow up.
May 22, 2019: Coping with Grief Program
Twenty five parishioners participated in this program by Sr Catherine Mary Clarke, FSE, LCSW. Sr Catherine provided insights into the grieving process and strategies and resources to assist in coping with the loss of a loved one. This program was extremely well received by those participating and we are hopeful to have follow up sessions.
April 3, 2019: How to Help your parents age with Grace
This well attended program was given by Marc Levesque, Senior Resource Case Manager at Midstate Medical Center and our parishioner and Parish Council member who reviewed resources available for caregivers of older adults.
March 3, 2019: Mindfulness for Parents Program
Amanda Voto, PA discussed how to be “present” in the lives of their children in the hectic life that is the reality for most parents of young children.
February 6, 2019: Strength and Balance Assessment Program
This “hands on” program by MaryBeth Vientos, Physical Therapist from Ivy Rehab included an individual assessment of strength and balance of every participant . She also provided important tips and resources as well as gift bags for each participant.
January 9, 2019: Kick Off to Weight Loss for 2019
Marissa McCoy, Registered Dietician at ShopRite reviewed practical tips and menus suggestions for healthier eating and invited participants to schedule an individual meetings at her office at ShopRite to review personalized menus for special requirements such as diabetes, gluten intolerance, vegetarian preferences or more generalized guidance regarding good nutrition. She even offers to shop with you in the store. She provided healthy snacks during her talk and written guidelines.