The Faith Connection Newsletter of Mercy Medical Center & Idea from Wanda Alexander

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Mercy Faith Connection Newsletter:

The month of March is National Nutrition Month sponsored by the American Dietetic Association.
Everywhere we go we see groups encouraging healthy eating habits and life-style change. Visit the
Church Health Center website below for healthy eating flyers that can be downloaded for church bulletin
boards and postings.
Choose My Plate-10 tips to a great plate flyer:
Build a Healthy Meal-10 Tips to a Healthy Plate flyer:
Use a Smaller Plate.
Use smaller plates to help with portion control.A healthy meal starts with more vegetables and fruits and smaller portions of protein and grains. Adjust the portions on your plate to get more of what you need without too many calories.
Eat Some Foods Less Often.
Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt. They include cakes, cookies, ice cream, candies, sweetened drinks, pizza, and fatty meats like ribs,sausages, bacon, and hot dogs. Use these foods as occasional treats, not everyday foods.
Eat the Right Amount of Food for You.
People who are successful at managing their weight track how much they eat every day, even if they don’t count every calorie. Make more meals at home, where you can control the amount and what goes in your food
Idea from Wanda Alexander of Greater Twin Cities FCCNN:
Dear Friends & Colleagues,

One of my nursing friends recently visited her parents in Bellingham, WA and sent me this Parish Nurse Moment from her parent’s church bulletin:

Parish Nurse Moment:
February is Heart Month: Heart disease remains the #1 Killer of Americans. Almost 1 million Americans will suffer their first heart attack this year. 1/3 of them will not survive. Those who do survive often go on to develop life-long heart problems that severely compromise their quality of life. What to do: If you smoke, quit. Don’t be a couch potato! — Move just 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week. Decrease sugar and increase unsaturated fats. Limit alcohol. Manage your blood pressure. Decrease your stress (less is more!) This Valentine’s Day, Don’t “break” your heart. Honor it! You are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Explore Nutrition:
Are you interested in taking a cruise Monday night, February 16th? This will be a guided tour down the uncharted and potentially dangerous aisles of a grocery store. Your tour guide is Alice Oprysek, Registered Dietician Nutritionist and part of the Parish Nursing lead team. She will interpret foreign marketing languages, decipher the hieroglyphics of labels reveal dietary quick-sand, uncover little-known nutritional treasures and help you spend your travelers’ checks in reputable markets not tourist traps. The tour will depart at 7:00 PM, returning by 8:30 PM. Please meet at the Barkley Haggen in the restaurant seating area (NW corner of the store by the deli). The tour group is limited in size; please make reservations at ___________ and indicate the number of travelers. Future sailings may be arranged, depending on responses received. Bon Voyage!

Isn’t this creative and fun?