July Health Hints
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
July 16th Health Hint
Are you having trouble connecting with God? To revitalize your spiritual life, look for ways to connect with God that are true to who God created you to be. Each month a health hint will focus on the different types of spiritual gifts that make us unique and beautiful. This month we will be The Naturalist. Naturalist love the outdoors. Go for a walk and pray for each neighbor individually as you pass their house. Rest, take a nap outside and thank God he gives sleep to those he loves. (Psalm 127:2). As you lay down in grass look at the clouds and reflect on where God is in your life and where you are going. Read the Bible outside and worship God during a sunrise or sunset. Delight in his artistic expression and praise him with each changing color. Read Bible verses that tell of nature declaring the Glory of God. (Psalm 19,29; Job 38-41.) Sing songs about God and nature. e.g., All creature of our God and King, How great thou Art, In the Garden. Meditate on Gods majesty while going on a hike. Be inspired by the sky, trees, and rocks. See how the praise God. Worship God for how he created everything so meticulously and still continues to care for us and our world.
July 23rd Health Hint
World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on July 28th and brings the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence change. Viral Hepatitis is just one of four disease-specific global awareness days officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year – that’s as many as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. Together, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C cause 80% of liver cancer cases in the world. Viral hepatitis is not found in one location nor amongst one set of people; it is a truly global epidemic that can affect millions of people without them even being aware. Currently, 90% of people living with hepatitis B and 80% living with hepatitis C are not aware of their status. This can result in the real possibility of developing fatal liver disease at some point in their lives and in some cases, unknowingly transmitting the infection to others. With the availability of effective vaccines and treatments for hepatitis B and a cure for hepatitis C, the elimination of viral hepatitis is achievable, but greater awareness and understanding of the disease and the risks is a must, as is access to cheaper diagnostics and treatment. Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There are five different hepatitis viruses, hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.
July 30th Health Hint
Immunizations have had an enormous impact on improving the health of children in the United States. Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a child, a family, or community. While these diseases are not common in the U.S., they persist around the world. It is important that we continue to protect our children with vaccines because outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, mumps, and measles can and do occur in this country. Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly — especially in infants and young children. Talk to your doctor about what vaccines are needed for you and your child.