HEALTH & WELLNESS MINISTRY
July/August Awareness Information
Extreme Heat Information
Summer temperatures in Virginia normally climb into the upper 90’s and even reach
over 100 degrees at times. The hot temperatures and high heat indexes can cause ill
The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. Prolonged exposure to heat can cause cramping, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. It is important to stay hydrated and seek cool temperature environments until the heat subsides.
Here are some tips to avoid heat-related illness during the summer:
Drink water. When the temperature rises, it is important to drink plenty of water. Drinks that contain caffeine, large amounts of sugar or alcohol should be avoided because they can cause you to become dehydrated.
Keep cool indoors. On hot days, prevent illness by keeping cool indoors. If your home is not air conditioned, try to spend the hottest hours of the day in a cool public place such as a library, movie theater, or store.
Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella. Always apply sunscreen to exposed skin.
Limit physical activity. Avoid excessive physical exertion in hot temperatures, especially in the middle of the day. If you must work outdoors, stay hydrated by drinking 2-4 glasses of water each hour and take frequent breaks in a cool place. Even a few hours in an air-conditioned environment reduces the danger of heat-related illness.
Do not keep children or pets in cars. Temperatures inside a car with windows up can reach over 150 degrees quickly, resulting in heat stroke and death.
Check on your neighbors. Although anyone can suffer heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. People aged 65 or older are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses and complications that can result during periods of high temperatures and humidity.
Understanding heat-related weather terminology can help you and your family prepare for hot weather.
Several heat-related health conditions can cause serious health problems. When temperatures are on the rise, watch for the following symptoms:
Dehydration— Dehydration is caused by the excessive loss of water and salts from the body due to illness or from prolonged exposure to heat. Severe dehydration can become a life-threatening condition if not treated.
Heat Cramps— Heat cramps are painful, involuntary muscle spasms that usually occur during heavy physical activity in hot environments. Muscles most often affected include those of your calves, arms, abdominal wall and back. If you are suffering from heat cramps, rest for several hours and drink clear juice or an electrolyte-containing sports drink.
Heat Exhaustion— Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses too much water and salt from sweating during hot temperatures. The elderly, people who work outside and people with high blood pressure are most at risk of heat exhaustion. Continued exposure may lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening.
Heat Stroke— Heat stroke is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures or by doing physical activity in hot weather. Sweating has usually stopped and your body temperature becomes too high; body temperatures can reach as high as 106 degrees in 15 minutes. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition and you should seek immediate medical attention if you or someone you know is suffering from heat stroke.
We would like to give Kudos to all the essential workers at EBC and surrounding communities for their hard work, patience with others and endurance to serve others during this demanding and uncomfortable time in our lives.
~EBC Health & Wellness Team
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE CORONAVIRUS
All information comes from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
EBC FAMILY LIFE
To edify lives by providing resources, information, health screenings and/or other programs that will enhance awareness and increase knowledge about what it takes to keep God’s temple.
To empower individuals to take active roles in managing their health and modifying their behaviors to make a life style change in order to live longer. The ministry will attend to the physical, psychosocial and spiritual scopes of each person.
Ministry Scripture Reference:
“Do you want to get well?” – John 5:6b, NIV
To provide accurate and meaningful education, programs, activities and focus to address health issues pertinent to each congregational member and the community it serves.
To provide ongoing educational seminars, workshops, health screenings for the members.
To provide access to a variety of healthcare professionals and organizations.
The ministry will focus on the body, mind and spiritual aspects of the individual.
To bring healing, health and wellness to all.
This will include blood pressure, glucose screenings, exercise programs and spiritual counseling, etc. to the congregation and community on a regular basis.
To partner with various local organizations to maximize resources that will allow individuals to improve their health.
Health Information is shared through the following:
Act as health resources within the church
Spiritual gifts, skills and traits desired for people considering serving in this ministry:
Every 3rd Sunday after morning services and as needed
Ministry Team Leaders:
Rev. Carolyn “Nippy” Marshall, RN Director
Cassandra Chapman, RN Coordinator
Kaylah Young Public Health Coordinator
Gwen Samuels EMT & Nurses’ Unit Coordinator
Jasmine Moore Medical Coordinator
Jasmine Chapman Medical Coordinator
HEART MONTH 2019
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH 2018
On Sunday, April 22, Health and Wellness Ministry asks you to wear Red in honor of
Alcohol & Substance Abuse Awareness.
On Saturday, May 5 - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Health and Wellness will sponsor a Hypertension and Stroke Seminar w/ guest speaker.
Digital pictures courtesy of https://www.saga.co.uk/
February Heart Month 2018
EBC Exercise for the Heart
Wear Pink in honor of BREAST CANCER AWARENESS Month.
Oct. 15, 2017
Honoring our SURVIVORS, LOVED ONES LOST, and those who are still GOING THROUGH.
BP and Glucose screenings are available (see a member of our team).
Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are
not your own. 1st Corinthians 6: 19
OCTOBER - CELEBRATING OUR SURVIVORS OF BREAST CANCER
Ebenezer Baptist Church
3207 Quarter Hill Rd
Supply, Virginia 22436
Phone: (804) 443-4168
Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. (postponed until we are able to worship at the church)
Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00 a.m.
Kingdom Building/Kingdom Living Bible Study:
Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.
See our “Calendar” page for events.