Health and Wellness Committee
Health and Wellness Mission Statement:
Resurrection Catholic Parish Health and Wellness Committee provides education and support to foster physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being while empowering healthy relationships to God, family and neighbor.
After 1 year as an ad hoc group, the Resurrection Health and Wellness Committee was officially established in May 2016 to develop and support activities, services and programs that foster the physical, mental and spiritual health of the parish and surrounding community. The committee consists of over 40 parish members sharing an interest in health and wellness-many with health care or social service backgrounds. New members are encouraged and appreciated at any time, whether for a single short term project or a longer term commitment. We meet as a full committee twice a year to evaluate and celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and plan for the year ahead. Much of our work is done by email or subcommittee; all of our projects are both fun and rewarding!
monthly blood pressure screening
This program began in the fall 2013 and has served over 350 individuals. Screenings take place on the 2nd weekend of each month before and after all Masses in the Day Chapel. Three teams of 4 parish volunteers serve 40 – 50 parishioners per month.
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Parish health education
Volunteers are identified to contribute articles on a wide variety of health topics for the bimonthly parish newsletter. Short sections of the article are selected to create communiques for the webpage, bulletin, screen and flyer.
A subcommittee interested in healthy eating choices thinks outside the box when it comes to the food offerings at parish functions. Parishioners enjoy a variety of homemade sweet breads, snack mixes, fruit and yogurts after Masses a couple weekends per year as a healthy alternative to after-Mass “coffee and doughnuts”. Fruit cups have become a welcome addition at our annual Autumn Fest celebration - a healthy addition to the popular brats and burgers.
The Florence Nightingale Tribute is a ceremony that can be provided at the prayer service or funeral of any nurse or member of Resurrection’s Health and Wellness Committee to honor this person’s commitment to his or her patients and/or contribution to the health and wellness of the parish. Please let a parish staff person know if you are interested in this for your loved one when planning the funeral services.
Other tributes include “Blessing of the Hands” for nurses during National Nurse’s Week.
Others may be considered in the future. We are always open to suggestions!
EXERCISE FOR BODY AND MIND
The popular “Stretching and Spirituality” and “Chair Exercise” offerings have been enjoyed by many each time they are offered. New variations of these type of programs are always being considered.
Does one or more of these activities sound interesting to you? Do you have an idea for other projects to increase the health and wellness of Resurrection parishioners? Whether you support a subcommittee or have ideas to share in planning, consider joining this vibrant ministry. We encourage creative thinking for new possibilities. Come join us! Please contact Jennifer Friedel at 339-5724, or Roseann Dichraff at 336-7768 x140. We look forward to hearing from you.