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Fall is Right Around the Corner…Let’s Talk FALLS

In May I had the opportunity to attend leader training for the Stepping On program. Stepping On is a program that empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls. The program was developed in Australia where it demonstrated a 31% decrease in falls. The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging developed an American version of the program which showed a nearly 50% decrease in falls. So, you may be thinking—“why is this important?” If you are someone who has experienced a fall, you probably know why preventing falls is important. Read more…

Donate Blood, Make a Difference (and win a blood donation challenge!) 

July and November 2017 are special donation months at the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center for Bethel Lutheran Church members. The need for blood increases during holidays and summer months. Did you know that your single whole blood donation can help up to three people? You can truly make a difference in someone’s life by taking one hour to donate blood. We are having a blood donation challenge with Redeemer Lutheran Church in July. This challenge is a friendly competition with the goal of seeing who can get more people to participate and donate blood. Even though this is a friendly challenge—we want Bethel to come out on top! Read more…

June Is Men’s Health Month

On May 31, 1994 President Clinton signed the bill establishing National Men’s Health Week which has now been expanded to the whole month of June. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Read more…


Give Your Skin A Check-Up

The American Academy of Dermatology has designated May as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. The great news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. Read more…


Spring Into Wellness

It’s spring! There’s not a better time of the year to think about your health and focus on your wellness. To help you spring into wellness, the Bethel Health Cabinet and the Parish Nurse Ministry are excited to again sponsor a health fair at Bethel on Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Bethel Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Read more…


Take Care of Those Teeth

National Children’s Dental Health Month reminds us of the importance of good oral health in children. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay is the number one chronic illness in children. Research shows that if a child’s tooth decay goes untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and speech problems. Dental problems also cause 51 million school hours to be lost each year. The good news is that tooth decay can be almost preventable by using safe and effective measures to protect teeth. Read more…


Do You See What I See?

According to the Minnesota State Services for the Blind (SSB) 25,000 Minnesotans will experience vision loss in the next five years. Because of the large number of individuals affected by vision loss, the SSB developed the Aging Eyes Initiative. The initiative is a “community partnership to expand the reach of low-vision services for Minnesota seniors experiencing the beginning of vision loss.” Read more…


Is Stress Interfering With Your Joy This Christmas? 

Comfort and joy! Gloria in excelsis deo! Peace on earth, good will to all! For every year the Christmas tree, brings to us all both joy and glee! Christ the Savior is born! Joyful, all ye nations, rise! Joy to the world! Wow—Christmas hymns and carols can’t help but bring smiles to our faces and joy to our hearts. It is a season of love, of peace, of giving…but for some people it is also a season of stress, unrealistic expectations, and sadness because of loss. Read more…


Family Caregivers—Take Time to Care for You 

I believe that one of the most challenging, and rewarding, opportunities that I have had in my life was being a caregiver for a family member. Was it hard? You bet. Did I sometimes want to take the next flight to a tropical island and not come back? More often than I probably should have. Read more…


Healthy Kids & Families

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Read more…


Water Safety

In the Bible, the first mention of water occurs in Genesis in the story of creation— And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Water is an important component of our faith. In baptism we are reborn children of God and inheritors of eternal life through water and the Holy Spirit. Read more…


Grief 

Grief is something with which I have had a close relationship since May. It is something that has changed my life. It is something that has paralyzed me and something that made me realize that I have strength that I didn’t know existed within me. It is not the same for everyone. It is overwhelming. It is angry. It is sad. It is happy—to remember. It makes you feel like you can’t go on, but you do. It is exhausting. It is yelling. It is crying. It is nothing. It is everything. Read more…


The Eyes Have It 

The eyes are amazing organs. I often wonder how God created the complex system that is the eye.  June is Cataract Awareness Month which is a good time to think about your marvelous eyes. Read more…