Our health ministry integrates physical, spiritual and mental health aspects of parish life. Areas of parishioner participation include blood drives, event and program planning, prayer shawl ministry and home visitation. Health and safety-related ideas are considered for implementation when the need is presented by the community. The Parish nurse assists families to coordinate with parish/community services during times of health-related issues. The Parish Nurse can be contacted Tue/Thu 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 937-434-6081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Focus: Eat Well, Prepare and Stay Active During COVID-19
Food Focus shares research-based, safe nutrition practices to help you remain healthy and protect your immune system. Plan your meals, make healthy food choices and exercise to stay well!
Eating well preserves our health (this is not “new” news!)
• What we eat impacts our health and our ability to fight disease… we have known this for years.
• “Eat a rainbow of colors” to help meet all your vitamin and mineral needs.
• Do not rely on supplements to treat COVID-19. Always consult your primary care provider before purchasing or taking supplements. Some can cause harm!
What’s in your refrigerator/cupboard?
Include foods that reduce inflammation naturally!
• Vitamin A helps maintain a strong immune system: Choose orange foods for beta carotene, such as sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, mango, papaya. Dark green leafy foods such as spinach and chard. Animal sources include liver, eggs, milk and yogurt.
• Vitamin D helps maintain the immune and respiratory systems: Choose salmon, liver, sardines, tuna, herring, egg yolk, cow’s milk, soy milk, mushrooms, some hot and cold cereals (fortified, shop for those with less “added sugars”). Sunshine is nature’s best Vitamin D source!
• Zinc helps maintain the immune system: Select meat, chicken, shellfish, fish, chickpeas, peas, lentils, black beans, dairy, Swiss/cheddar cheese, eggs, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, whole fortified grains and oats.
• Anthocyanins maintain the immune system, decrease oxidative stress, fight free radicals and lower inflammation. Sources include raspberries, black currents, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, grapes, pomegranates, tart cherry juice, cherries, red cabbage, red radish, red onion and blue corn.
• Vitamin C helps keep the immune system strong and prevent illness. Choose oranges, tangerines, grapes, grapefruit, cantaloupe, apricots, strawberries, kiwi, papaya, tomato, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, red/yellow/green peppers and sweet potato.
• Herbs, spices and oils help protect the body’s immune system and add flavor. Good options include garlic, ginger, onion, oregano, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, many herbal blends, olive and canola oils.
• Use less alcohol, sugared beverages, snacks/treats with “added sugars,” salt and saturated fats.
Use reputable sources for updated research information and practical help and tips from experts.
• www.eatright.org/coronavirus Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics updates, recipes, nutrition tips
• www.consumerlabs.com Research-based supplement reviews, videos, products and COVID-19 updates
• www.eatingwell.com Easy recipes, menu ideas, shopping on a budget, videos, demos, special diet plans
• www.usda.gov/coronavirus Food and nutrition information
• www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids Family resources
Nutrition: Everyday habits can help you stay strong, healthy and full of energy!
• Nutrition is your “first line of defense” to help keep your body healthy.
• Drink 9-12 cups of water per day to strengthen your immune and respiratory systems.
• Patients/families can contact a registered dietician for individualized medical nutrition therapy.
Information courtesy of Monica A. Cengia, MS Ed, RDN, LD, CDE — Registered Dietitian Nutritionist