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Health Corner

Meet Kathy Williams
Health Ministry Coordinator

June Health Notes

Do You Eat Enough Fiber?

 

Statistics tell us that “only 5-7% of the people in the United States meet the Institute of Medicine’s recommended daily target of 25 grams of fiber for women and 38 grams of fiber for men.”  This phenomenon is referred to as the “fiber gap”.  Insufficient fiber intake is associated with a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes which are two of the most common diseases in the U.S. (Mayoclinic.org)

 

High Fiber Food Suggestions:

  • Fresh fruits:  raspberries, pears, apple with the skin, bananas, oranges, strawberries…etc.

  • Vegetables:  peas, broccoli, potato with the skin, sweet corn, raw carrots, raw cauliflower…. etc.

  • Grains:  whole wheat pasta, bran, oat bran, instant oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain breads…. etc.

  • Legumes, Nuts and Seeds:  split peas, lentils, black beans, chia seeds, almonds, white and navy beans…. etc.

It is important to start boosting your fiber SLOWLY.  Too quickly may cause lower GI distress such as: gas, diarrhea, cramping and bloating.

Remember:  drink plenty of water along your high fiber foods. 

 

Here is one of my favorite recipes:

Refrigerator Oats

  • 1/3-1/2 cup oats (instant or regular)

  • 1 T chia seeds

  • 1 T Greek yogurt

  • Fresh blueberries or raspberries

  • 1 T sliced almonds

  • Squeeze of honey to taste

  • 1/3-1/2 cup milk.

Place all ingredients in a wide mouth pint Ball Jar, stir and cover tightly overnight.  Add more milk according to your taste. 

 

Enjoy!

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Blood Pressure Checks

You are invited to take advantage of our free blood pressure readings every 2nd Sunday of the month after worship.

AEDs Installed at CELC

Two AED's have been installed at CELC.  AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. An AED can be a life saving device if someone is experiencing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  It is a medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and if necessary can deliver an electrical shock (defibrillation) to re-establish an effective heart rhythm.  

Locations

  • Building A - Fellowship Hall

  • Building B - Sanctuary - Wall in front of sound booth

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