All are invited to join the members of our Community of Hope on Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the council room for a presentation on dealing with addictions lead by Christ the King Church member Cheryl Rhode.
Cheryl Rhode, Psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice since 1994 will be our facilitator. She specializes in chemical dependency and other compulsive behavioral issues and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, and sees individuals and couples. Cheryl received her clinical training in the Psychiatry Department at Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, contact Beverly Davis
As a registered professional nurse and an employee of Christ the King Lutheran Church, the congregational nurse is obligated to treat all information shared by clients in a confidential manner. Documents containing health information are stored in a locked area or a password protected electronic documentation record and are accessible only by the congregational nurse.
In certain circumstances, in order to serve a client’s best interest, it may be necessary for the congregational nurse to consult with a member of the ministry staff, a health-care provider, a member of the client’s family or a significant other. As a result, the congregational nurse may need to discuss information disclosed by the client. The congregational nurse will inform clients when these situations arise. Client requests for non-disclosure of information will be honored to the extent that client health and safety is protected. The client must put in writing any request to release copies of the information in the client record.
Building healthy bodies in childhood includes building healthy bones. Bones are living tissue and as children grow, bones go through a regular process of older bone tissue being replaced with new bone tissue. This process can be compared to a bank account. Sometimes bone tissue is removed and other times it is deposited as the skeleton grows in size and density. Bones reach 90% of peak bone mass by age 18 for females and age 20 for males. By age 30, bone density begins to decrease. These facts highlight the importance of focusing on bone health during childhood and adolescence.
Proper nutrition and physical activity are key ingredients for achieving maximum bone density to sustain the skeleton through adulthood. Adequate intake of calcium and Vitamin D are essential to bone health. Vitamin D facilitates absorption of calcium. So how much calcium is enough? An 8 ounce glass of milk contains about 300 mg of calcium which is about 1/3 of the daily requirement for children 4 to 8 years of age and about 1/4 of the daily requirement for ages 9 to 18. Check food labels to identify foods high in calcium. A single serving containing at least 20% DV (daily intake value) is considered a high calcium food. Dairy products and calcium-fortified juice and cereals are high calcium foods. Preparing foods like soup, oatmeal and smoothies with milk may appeal to children who don’t like to drink milk. Obtaining calcium from foods is preferable to taking a calcium supplement.
Weight-bearing activities like running, dancing, soccer, gymnastics, etc. all help build bone density. Swimming and cycling are good for general health, but do not contribute to bone density. Playing outside can help increase Vitamin D blood levels though there does not appear to be a firm consensus on how much sunlight exposure is optimum. The effects of sunscreen on Vitamin D absorption are unclear and the protection it offers against skin cancer makes use of sunscreen essential. Instilling enjoyment of physical activity and monitoring calcium intake pave the way for healthy bones that will support children through adulthood.
The March of Dimes’ Prematurity Campaign began in 2003 and continues to provide education and research dollars to promote both awareness of the challenges of preterm birth and initiatives that decrease the rate of preterm birth. Continue reading