The Bible reminds us, “…A heart at peace gives life to the body…” (Prov. 14:30). The following suggestions are adapted from the American Heart Association’s pamphlet, “Heart Health Education.”
How to Reduce your risk of Heart Diseases:
… Quit smoking permanently. Check out the Great Frederick County Smokeout if you want some help.
… Control your blood pressure and have it checked regularly. The basic upper limits are 140/90. Numbers regularly higher than those should be double checked and reported to your physician. Remember, blood pressure checks are available the first Sunday of every month in the church office and by appointment with the parish nurse any other time it is needed).
… Exercise at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes or more at our target heart rate. The AHA recommends an exercise target heart rate ranging from 50% to 75% of your maximum heart rate, which is usually calculated as the number 220 minus your age. For more information please check the Health Ministry Table in the Narthex.
… Eat a balanced diet reduced in fat, cholesterol, and salt.
… Contact the American Heart Association, your Parish Nurse, or physician for information on smoking cessation, controlling blood pressure, heart healthy eating, exercise. and stress management.
The Apostle Peter encourages us with these words, “…Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart” (I Peter 1:22). Love, acceptance and affirmation in our relationships helps us to celebrate our oneness as children of the heavenly Father. Learning about all of our emotions assists us in experiencing harmony and wholeness in our lives. In addition, if you feel your emotions are becoming more complex than you can manage, ask for help.
We can pray these words with the psalmist, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” (Ps. 51:10-12). We share the good news that is the Lord who creates purity and wholeness in hearts. At the same time, we understand our need to nourish our spirits; they were not created to thrive on neglect! We can care for our spiritual health by setting aside a regular time in our schedules for worship, Bible studies, individual and family devotions, prayer and meditation, and celebration of Communion
Please check the Health Ministry Table and Bulletin Board for more heart related health information. Choose from the many opportunities here at MUMC available to nurture your physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. Besides Sunday morning worship and Sunday School there is more. Sign up for a Lenten Study, Join First Place or Christian Aerobics both of which take place here at MUMC. Join a UMW Circle. Attend one of the healing services facilitated by Dr. Edgar Howell. Take one of the classes offered by the Frederick School of Religion or at Bon Secours. Please feel free to talk to Susan, Joe, or myself for other ideas or help in any of these areas. (Based on “Seasons for Wholeness,” Ruth Daumer)