First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

We are a church of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors

05.2018 Heath Information

Who is a Caregiver?

 A caregiver is a family member or paid helper who regularly looks a er a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled person. Caregiving is a hard job, even if you don’t need to do much physically for your loved one. If you do need help with the basic necessi es (i.e. bathing, dressing, feeding, etc.) it is much harder.

Did you know that there may be help you can tap into? There are many resources available. Most important is to remember that as the caregiver you need to take care of your- self. If you don’t, you can’t help the person you are caring for. One of the hardest things to do is to ask for help, but it is there! Please speak to Kathy Smith, our Parish Nurse. You may also speak to Pastor Jim, Service Link, or your doctor. The important thing is to ask!

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month

  •      Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radia on from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. Take simple steps today to protect your skin:

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04/2018 Happy Spring

  Happy Spring!!
The temperatures are getting warmer, the flowers are starting to bloom and we have survived another winter.
With spring come many different issues to start thinking about.
➢ Cleaning up the yard and gardens.
    o Be sure to stay safe.
    o If you haven’t worked out this winter start out slow in the garden so you don’t hurt yourself. Remember to warm up stretching those muscles you will be using. For example if you are going to be raking be sure to stretch the arms and legs actually for raking you need to warm up everything.
    o Remember to take breaks, and
    o Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!!
➢ Bugs, bugs everywhere.
    o Ticks will be out and hungry so wear protective clothing and be sure to check yourself when you come in. Someone told me of a neat trick to find ticks by useing a sticky clothing roller. It picks up any ticks that may be on you clothes.
Playing Outdoors
    o Again be safe. Remember to warm up and be sure to wear proper clothing for that activity.
    o Also if you are into hiking you may want to purchase. The NH Hike Safe Card which can be purchase at the NH Fish & Game website. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is authorized to sell voluntary Hike Safe Cards for $25 per person and $35 per family. People who obtain the cards are not liable to repay rescue costs if they need to be rescued.
    o Be Sure to take breaks, and
    o Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!!

Are you getting the message about hydrating?
Staying hydrated is of vital importance all the time but when you start taxing your body it needs the water to keep everything flowing properly. When I say hydrate, water is best. Sometimes you need be a drink that has electrolytes especially if you are sweating a lot. Anything with caffeine, and sugary drinks should be avoided.
So enjoy the spring weather but be mindful about what you are doing so you can continue enjoying the wonderful world that God created.


Kathrine Smith RN
First UMC Gilford Health Ministry
Faith Community Nurse
Health Ministries Phone: 603-524-1330

Model For Health Living Week 1

Model for Healthy Living

This model was developed by 
the Church Health Center Wellness Education.



    Joy or pain in one dimension of our lives inevitably affects other dimensions. Even many medical conditions result from parts of our lives we might not consider medical in nature. A balanced life takes into consideration what is going on not just medically, but in the areas of faith, movement, work, emotions, nutrition, and friends and family. These are the seven area of the Model for Healthy Living.
The Model for Health Living recognizes the relationships between all these parts of our lives and becomes a tool for pursuing balance and satisfaction. If reflects the realities of our everyday lives – familes, jobs, schedule – and reminds us of area we may tend to neglect. One component out of balance affects everything else.

    There is always room for improvement. When we start trying to think that we can be perfect creatures – thinking we can score 100 percent on every part of the Model and achieve “complete health” – we lose the message. We need the gentle reminder to live a healthy life by understanding the nature of wholeness in each of the seven area and in the way they come together in balance.
    We journey together toward the wholeness God wants for us. When we bring all of ourselves to God, not just the outwardly religious parts of our lives, we recognize that life is a sacred gift. By livings it well and with intentionality, we give God thanks for what God first gave us.

During the next 4 weeks there will be this insert with questions for you to think about concerning your life, to improve the balance in your life thus improving your health.

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A Model for Healthy Living

January 2018!

    A New Year is upon us, so how will you make this year better than last year. Our health and wellness is in a constant state of change. So no matter where you are, there is always room for improvement.

    This month I am concentrating on a Model for Healthy Living. This model looks at 7 area’s in our lives that we need to keep balanced to stay health. They are Faith Life, Movement, Medical, Work, Emotional, Nutrition, Friends & Family.

    On the Health Ministries page you will find all the information presented each Sunday for the 4 weeks of January.

Please let Kathy know if you would like some help with one or all of these area’s of your life. She can be reached at or called at 603-524-1330.

Model for Healthy Living Week 2

Model for Healthy Living
This model was developed by 
the Church Health Center Wellness Education.

This insert has information and questions for you to think about in order to improve the balance in your life thus improving your health.



We have moved a universe away from seeing faith as an important part of health, and it’s time to bring the two back together. Faith traditions vary widely, but at the core, a faith life helps us build a relationship with God, our neighbors, and ourselves. This affirms that we are body and spirit beings created and loved by God. Even if you don’t consider yourself “religious,” you can explore a richer faith life and enjoy the benefits this experience will bring to your overall wellness.



We were created to move. When you consider the way the parts of the body are hinged together and rotate and reach in every direction, it’s easy to see that God means for us to move.

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