Wellness News

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  • Momisms 2013

    by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, The Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation Our wellness initiative continues the tradition of honoring mothers as Mother's Day approaches, by remembering the wisdom they teach us about how to live our lives well.

  • "Hunting for Resurrection"

    by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, The Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation Some people are uncomfortable with the fact that many of the current customs and traditions that surround religious holidays seem purely secular, having nothing to do with the true meaning of the religious nature of the holiday being celebrated.

  • "Making Good Decisions"

    by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, The Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation We all face important decisions in our lives.

  • "What's Your Story?"

    by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, The Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation Holocaust survivor and human rights activist Elie Wiesel included one of my favorite stories as a preface to his novel, The Gates of the Forest.

  • Top Secret

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, The Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation This past week we witnessed General David Petraeus's resignation as the head of the CIA due to a extramarital affair in which he was involved.

  • Driving in Darkness

    Driving With Our Lights Off by Living Compass The days are getting shorter and darkness is coming earlier each day, and so in just the last two nights I have had the experience three different times of driving down the road and encountering a car coming towards me with its lights off. On each occasion I flashed my lights at the oncoming cars to signal that their lights were off and each time the drivers immediately turned them on, most likely grateful, I assume, for the feedback I had given them...

  • Nourishing Reading List

    At the request of clergy attending the Wellness component of our recent 2012 Clergy Conference, the Episcopal Church Medical Trust has put together the attached Nourishing Reading List, a list of books adapted from the "About the Matters of Food and Faith Project." The list includes pieces surrounding the theology, politics, and culture around food, eating, and cooking. Click here to download and share (PDF). For more information, visit mattersoffoodandfaith.com.

  • Living Water

    by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation I awoke last night to the sound of rain.

  • Skin Cancer Prevention and UV Safety

    Enjoy the Benefits of the Sun Safely by the Episcopal Church Medical Trust The skin is the body's largest organ. It protects against heat, sunlight, injury and infection. Yet, several of us don't consider the necessity of protecting our skin.

  • The Episcopal Peloton

    by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation Last week I spent eight days at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

  • Hospital Safety Scores

    Hospital Safety Scores are Now Available by the Episcopal Church Medical Trust A significant advancement in the transparency of hospital patient safety was recently announced. The Leapfrog Group, a national leader and advocate in hospital transparency launched the Hospital Safety Score. By visiting www.hospitalsafetyscore.org you’ll see that many US hospitals have received an A, B, C, D or F Hospital Safety Score based on patient safety via a first-of-its-kind initiative.

  • The Soul of a Veteran

    by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation Our Living Compass team recently had the chance to take part in the National Episcopal Health Ministry's annual conference, an event which brings people from all over the United States together who are engaged in a wide range of healing and wellness programs.

  • Celebrating With Our Graduates

    by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation America has always greatly valued individualism.

  • Heightened Awareness

    by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation I am writing this week's column from Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Never Too Old to Play

    "May is Older Americans Month, a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation for the older adults in our communities. Since 1963, communities across the nation have come together to celebrate Older Americans Month—a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to recognizing the contributions and achievements of older Americans" - (OlderAmericansMonth.aoa.gov). Statement from Secretary Sebelius on Older Americans Month (Secretary Sebelius is the head of the Department of Health and Human ...

  • Get Moving to Relieve Stress

    by the Episcopal Church Medical Trust One way to take control of the stress in your life is through physical activity. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. Are you too busy and stressed to fit exercise into your daily routine?

  • The Spirituality of Imperfection

    by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation  Phil Humber pitched a perfect game for the Chicago White Sox six days ago.

  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month

    by The Episcopal Church Medical Trust April is Alcohol Awareness Month Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of alcohol abuse and encourage people to make healthy, safe choices. How will drinking less or quitting help me? Drinking in moderation or not drinking at all can help you: -Lower your blood pressure -Lower your risk of injury, heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, and liver problems -Lose weight – Use this calculator to see how many calories you will save.

  • New Buds

    by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation In Wisconsin this year, as with many other areas of the country, spring has come much earlier than usual, with record temperatures in the upper 70's recorded in early to mid March.

  • 23 1/2 hours and a Healthier You

    Dr. Mike Evans, a family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto runs a website called "my favorite medicine.com."  His stated goal is to compile the best medical information available on the internet and distil it into an interesting and trustworthy source.  One excellent example of this is in his video, 23 1/2 Hours.    This video talks about a single medical treatment for conditions as...

  • Making a Great Entrance

    by the Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation Entrances are important.

  • Healthy Eating on the Run

    A Month of Tips By The Episcopal Church Medical Trust You probably eat out a lot—most Americans do. People are looking for fast, easy and good-tasting foods to fit a busy lifestyle. Whether it’s carry-out, food court, office cafeteria or sit-down restaurant, there are smart choices everywhere.

  • The Power of Prediction

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation  Last week I wrote about the power of hope, and specifically about my secret hope for perfectly predicting the winners of all sixty-three games in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

  • National Nutrition Month

    by The Episcopal Church Medical Trust This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape” and encourages consumers to remember to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day. Here are a few ways to “Get Your Plate in Shape” from the food and nutrition experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: · Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables: Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange ...

  • Health Fair at Grace

    By Laura Delaney, RN On Saturday, March 3rd a Health Fair was held at Grace Episcopal Church, Fairfield. This church is located in a quiet neighborhood in the city of Fairfield. The Health Fair was open to the community, and quite a few of the neighborhood people did in fact attend.

  • Living Compass Deanery Event

    Living Compass is a faith based wellness program rooted in the belief that each of us knows what we need to do to become more whole, and that we can best move towards wholeness in a supportive community. The program is based on the dimensions of self - heart, soul, strength, mind - through which we are commanded to love God. St.

  • A Whole New Light

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation  This weekend we will all be turning our clocks ahead one hour.

  • Clergy look at Wellness

    by Thea Mangels, Office Manager/News Editor A fabulous team from the Episcopal Church Medical Trust led our clergy in a wonderful workshop entitled “Well to Serve, Well to Lead” this past week in Healdsburg.  Alison Pollok and Libby Miller led a presentation about our diocese and the health care system. We use the preventative care and doctor benefits less than average in the Medical Trust, but utilize the emergency and hospital services more than average. Illnesses that are not caught in e...

  • Be heart – healthy so you can be there for those you love!

    American Heart Month Take action to promote heart health. 1. Contact your local Red Cross to host a CPR training event in your congregation or community (this would make a great quarterly safety meeting).

  • The Best Valentine's Gift of All

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation  It is estimated that 18 billion dollars will be spent on Valentine's Day this year.

  • Show Your Love and Stay Well

    Valentine’s Day is a day we show our love to family and friends with gifts and acts of kindness, but how can we make it healthy? Here are some tips and gift ideas to have a healthy Valentine’s Day. A Box of Good Quality Dark Chocolate Chocolate is a traditional Valentine's Day gift, and if it's a good dark kind, with at least 65 percent cacao or higher, it is a healthier alternative to other chocolate varieties.

  • 2012 National Health Observances

    By the Episcopal Church Medical Trust By supporting National Health Observances provided by the National Health Information Center, you can: - Educate your congregation about health risks - Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns - Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest. Below is a list of a few of the National Health Observances throughout the year. Please visit their website, www.healthfinder.gov/nho, for a full listing and resources.

  • Love and Delight

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation    This photo has been circulating online the last several weeks.

  • The Healing Power of Community

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation  My entire professional career has focussed on healing.

  • Presenteeism

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation  I live in Wisconsin and all across our state this past Sunday afternoon you could sense the collective frustration as the Green Bay Packers lost their first round playoff game, a game they were heavily favored to win.

  • Start the Day with Breakfast

    By Libby Miller, Vice President, Clinical Management & Member Education, The Episcopal Church Medical Trust (ECMT) Start off the New Year and the morning with breakfast! It is the start of a new year. Why not begin 2012 with a great, healthy breakfast every day?

  • Vocational Wellness

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation At Living Compass we support people as they work on "whole-person" wellness, which means that we help them address wellness in all dimensions of their lives.

  • The Importance of Preventive Healthcare

    Preventive care focuses on maintaining your health, and establishing your baseline health status. This may include: - Immunizations - Vaccines - Physical evaluations - Lab work (which may include cholesterol and blood glucose levels) - X-rays - and Medically appropriate health screenings During your preventive visit, your doctor will determine what tests or screenings are appropriate for you based on many factors such as your age, gender, overall health status, personal health history and your c...

  • Wellness Resolutions

    Why I believe in small steps to Health By Thea Mangels, Office Coordinator New Year’s resolutions about health and wellness are often grandiose and unrealistic. How many resolutions to “go to the gym everyday” have you heard (or even made) and seen fall apart within the first month of the new year? The problem with this kind of huge, life changing resolution is that it is huge and life changing.

  • The Surprise of Christmas

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation The first Christmas was such a surprise that no doubt most people missed it.

  • Christmas Music

     by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation While driving in my car the last several days I have enjoyed a wide diversity of Christmas music sung by an eclectic group of singers.

  • The Truth About Salt

    Everywhere we go we see packaging that says "Reduced Sodium" or "Less Sodium" and health advice indicating that we should watch our salt intake, but what does this really mean?   "Basic U.S. dietary guidelines suggest that adults get less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day (or 1,500 milligrams for those age 51 or older, African Americans, or those with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease)...But the average American gets more than twice the recommended daily dose of...

  • A Time to Prepare

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation We had some friends over for dinner recently--nothing fancy, just a casual gathering.

  • Zumba in Roseville

    St. John's in Roseville is having a fundraiser event--Zumba Fitness -- on March 10. What is Zumba Fitness?  "Zumba Fitness® is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a "fitness-party" that is downright addictive" (About Zumba Fitness).

  • Unwrapping the Gift of Gratitude

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation The celebration of Thanksgiving has me thinking about my favorite quote about gratitude.

  • As Sick As Our Secrets, As Well As Our Honesty

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner,  Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation I can still remember the time eight years ago that I tried to keep a secret from myself and from those closest to me.

  • Living Compass Promotes Wellness

    by the Rev. Anne Dryden McKeever of Trinity Cathedral “Do you want to be made well?” Jesus asked the man near the pool with five porticoes, a man who had lived with physical and spiritual paralysis for 38 years. The Rev.

  • Your Current Balance

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation The last two weekends my wife and I have led retreats based on our Living Compass program on both coasts of our country.

  • Haunted Houses

    by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation Haunted houses spring up all across the country this time of year as a way of celebrating Halloween.

  • The Importance of Water

    by Thea Mangels, Office Coordinator  "Water is the most abundant, and the most important, nutrient in your body. You need it to carry the other nutrients to organs, and oxygen to your cells. Blood is made mostly of water, as are your lungs, muscles, and brain.

  • Understanding High Blood Pressure

    by Thea Mangels, Office Coordinator Have you had your blood pressure checked recently? If you are an employee insured through the diocesan health insurance plan, remember that a blood pressure screening is part of your free annual physical.  What is Hypertension? High blood pressure (hypertension) increases your risk for several conditions, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, kidney damage and stroke.

  • Ways to stay fit at the work place

    Some people get exercise because their jobs require physical activity; however, if your job involves desk work or some other type of sedentary activity, you may need to find creative ways to keep your body moving during the day. Be sure to talk with your doctor before increasing physical activity. Here are a few techniques that might work for you: • Take active breaks: Consider taking a brisk, 10-minute walk around the building or doing body prayers like those suggested in Praying With the Body,...

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