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Skywatcher

Posted by forgive4health@gmail.com on February 4, 2021 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (3)



      Unsettled by issues at work and at home, Matt decided to take a walk. The evening spring air beckoned. As the infinite sky deepened from blue to black, a thickening fog spilled slowly over the marsh. Starts began to glimmer, heralding the full moon rising in the east. The moment, for Matt, was deeply spiritual. He’s there, he thought, God is there, and He’s got this.

      Some people look at the night sky and see nothing but nature. Others see a god as distant and cold as Jupiter. But the same God who “sits enthroned above the circle of the earth” also “brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name” (Isa. 40:22, 26). He knows his creation intimately.

      It is this personal God who asked His people, “Why do you say, Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is dis-regarded by my God’?” Aching for them, God reminded them of the wisdom in seeking Him. “Do you not know? Have you not heard?...He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (vss.27-29).

      We are easily tempted to forget God. Our problems won’t disappear with an evening stroll, but we can find rest and certainty that God is always working toward His good purposes. “I’m here” He says. “I’ve got you.”

'Thank You, Lord, for a night sky that helps us glimpse eternity. We

can’t begin to understand it fully, but we know it is there, and we

know You are there. Help us trust You for what we don’t know."

We should give God the same place in our hearts that He holds in the universe.


From Moments With God

 

Cervical Cancer

Posted by forgive4health@gmail.com on January 13, 2021 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Cervical Cancer

 

By Karen Boone, MN, MPH, RN

We all have goals in life. One of my goals is to keep women from dying from cervical cancer. That may sound like an impossible goal, but I think its possible. In this blog post, I will share with you how cervical cancer can be found early, treated, and even prevented altogether. At the end I will tell you how you can help me keep women from dying of cervical cancer.

What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix — the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. ( Cervical cancer - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic)

 

Does a virus cause cervical cancer?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV is very common in the United States and is passed from one person to another during sex.

 

Can cervical cancer be prevented?

Here’s how you can prevent cervical cancer: Get the HPV vaccine if you are in the age group for which it’s recommended. The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. It is recommended for preteens (both boys and girls) aged 11 to 12 years, but can be given as early as age 9 and until age 26. Get recommended screening tests. The Pap test helps find cell changes on the cervix so they can be treated before they turn into cancer. The HPV test looks for HPV, which can cause cervical cancer.

 

At what age should a woman start getting Pap tests?

At 21 years old. Women should start getting Pap tests at age 21.

 

Should a woman get a Pap smear every year?

 

If you just had a Pap test and your Pap test result is normal, your doctor may say that you will not need another Pap test for 3 years. If you are 30 to 65 years old, you can choose to get a Pap test only, an HPV test only, or both tests together. If these results are normal, your doctor may then say that you can wait 3 years to be screened again if you got a Pap test only, or 5 years if you got an HPV test only or both tests together.

 

What are symptoms of cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer usually starts with no symptoms. As it develops, it may cause bleeding or discharge from the vagina that is not normal for you, such as bleeding after sex. If you have any of these signs, see your doctor. They may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see your doctor.

 

Is it normal to have some vaginal bleeding or spotting after you’ve gone through menopause?

 

If you’ve gone through menopause and have any vaginal bleeding, you should report it to your doctor. And for women who have not yet gone through menopause – if you notice that your periods are heavier, last longer than is normal for you, or if you are having unusual bleeding between periods, talk to your doctor.

 

Can cervical cancer be cured?

Cervical cancer is highly curable when found early and treated soon after it is diagnosed.

 

Are all women at risk for gynecologic cancer?

All women are at risk. Each gynecologic cancer has different risk factors, and risk increases with age. To help lower your risk: pay attention to your body and know what is normal for you; make healthy choices such as eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy weight, not smoking, and practicing safe sex; share your family health history with your doctor; get the HPV vaccine if you are at an age when it is recommended; and get screened for cervical cancer regularly.

 

CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women across the United States. You can find a free or low-cost screening for cervical cancer. Find a Screening Program Near You | NBCCEDP | CDC

 

So….how we do keep women from dying from cervical cancer?

Let every woman know that she can prevent cervical cancer by getting HPV vaccine if she is age-eligible. Let every woman know that its important to get routine Pap smears. Let every woman know its important to get treatment if her Pap test is abnormal. Let every woman know that screening and treatment for cervical cancer is available for women who don’t have insurance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Info retrieved from Cervical Cancer | CDC.

 

2020 - A Year of Reflection

Posted by forgive4health@gmail.com on December 17, 2020 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (1)

December is finally here and the end of the year 2020 is in sight! As we start planning for the Christmas season, I know that we all have mixed feelings about 2020, but if you're like me, you are still alive, then we have much to be thankful for, and I believe that we will end the year better than we began. Better you say, are you kidding me? Many Americans have lost loved ones to COVID and other diseases this year, many are un or underemployed, some are now homeless, even more are depending on Food Banks to supplement their food budgets, and many are suicidal having lost all hope. America is in the fight of its life with an invisible virus that has wreaked havoc on the health of the population and disseminated the economy.

The Department of Labor reported in October 2020 that almost 8% of working Americans or 12.6 million individuals were unemployed. In 2019, unemployment stood at 3.5% and impacted 5.8 million Americans. Things are even bleaker on the food security front, and National Geographic (2020) reported that 50.4 million Americans were living in food-insecure households. Put another way, “one in six Americans could go hungry if the COVID pandemic persists.” The news media outlets have documented mile-long lines for food across the nation, and Food for America (2020) reported that about 70% of these individuals have never needed food assistance before. Today, deaths from COVID -19 stood at 282,000 with COVID -related hospitalizations at an all-time high. Many of us know someone or have family members or friends who have become infected or died from this virus. We are tired, worn out, grieving, restless, and stressed, but the pandemic is far from over. Despite this fact, many are mad with themselves, their old bosses, family members, friends, and even with God. How could God sit and allow this to happen? Does he not care?Believe it, God has been with us on this COVID journey, and I do not believe that this has taken him by surprise. While it is difficult to write or even say this, I expect that God will work something good out of this year. As Joseph said in Genesis 50:20, “what the enemy meant for harm, God uses for good”. I challenge you to look for the good in each day. I guarantee that you will find it. Stay prayerful and continue to take it one day at a time. God will see us through this crisis.

One good that has come out of 2020 is a few new COVID vaccines. As we wait expectantly for the FDA approval of the first COVID-vaccine, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon, but the arrival of the vaccine will bring new challenges. For instance, experts still need to ascertain exactly how we will get 60 or 70% of the American population to take the two-dose vaccine to build herd immunity. It will be a herculean task trying to convince individualistic Americans to think of the common good, and to take the vaccine to benefit others. To add insult to injury, historically, two-dose vaccines can have “incompletes” since life happens, and individuals forget to come in for their second dose. To make matters worse, African Americans and other minority populations ravaged by COVID-19 are sounding the alarm about their unwillingness to take any COVID vaccine. At the time of writing, National Public Radio (NPR) reported that only 42% of African Americans reported that they will take the vaccine compared to 83% of Asian Americans. Overall, 60% of Americans reported to the Pew Research Foundation (2020), that they would take the vaccine if it were available. Yet, these numbers will continue to change, and the CDC and other health agencies will need to convince each person to take the vaccine. Of course, it will take months after the vaccine becomes available for our lives to get back to any semblance of normal, and no one can predict what that “new normal” will look like.

Regardless, if we survive this pandemic, we should remain hopeful with the assurance that God has taken us through an unprecedented time in our history. Together, we will make it to the other side of this crisis. So, let us support the health of our brothers and sisters and consider taking the vaccine so that we can build herd immunity. Only then can we get back to some semblance of normal in 2021. As we end this year, I am grateful to have the privilege to live in this country, be employed, have a family that loves and cares about me, and to have a growing and deepening relationship with Jesus Christ. Despite its challenges, are you grateful for 2020? Do you plan to take the COVID vaccine? What will it take to change your mind to accept the vaccine? Please drop me a line to share your thoughts. Looking forward to your feedback.

 

 

Until next time,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Dr. Meg 



 

November a Time of Thanksgiving:

Posted by forgive4health@gmail.com on November 23, 2020 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (1)

November a Time of Thanksgiving

Guest Writer: Stasea Austin

November is a busy month: National Diabetes Month, Thanksgiving, and even my birthday. So, it was difficult for me to decide what to focus on for this blog. To sum up, the state of 2020 thus far, has been rough. Rough, in what way you may ask? I am glad you asked. To begin, 2020 threw us many curveballs. We started with bright and hopeful anticipation for a wonderful 2020, but many had not even given up on their new year’s resolution when COVID reared its ugly head. Rough in the state of the unrest, upheavals, stock market roller coasters, economic unrest, and unemployment seen across the nation. Even more frightening are the many lives lost and those continuing to succumb to this dreadful virus. It has been a terrifying time when young and old questioned their mortality, and we all had more questions than answers. For instance, one might have asked, why did we need anything but pajamas in our closets? Why do we need to pay for a car which has been parked for months? Worst yet, why pay insurance on the parked car since there is not a possibility of a wreck in a locked garage? Why did we built massive office buildings, churches, mosques, temples, etc. when they now sit empty as many are locked in their homes? These and many other questions remain unanswered as we struggle to find our feet again. Our new normal is almost surreal with masks gloves, sanitizers, and face shields. Dare cough or sneeze in public and the look of disbelief on faces as people move away from you is almost laughable if it were not a serious issue. Many Americans, my family included lost family members to COVID. Death has been a constant companion for all of us as we watched the news or tried to visit the sick and dying. An unprecedented year!

But, despite the pandemic, losses to COVID, the elections, and more; there is still room to be thankful. I have been working throughout the pandemic as a Flight Attendant and I am beyond thankful that I have remained well. I am alive, as are you. I have my health, my family, and a job, and blessings still flow forth, despite the difficulties. Given the year, we have had, we have a lot to be thankful for! A practice my mother continues to recommend is that each night before retiring for the night, that I find one new thing to be thankful for. Try it and soon you will realize that a heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaints.

So, let us remain vigilant in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe and sound and remember to be thankful for all that we have. On this Thanksgiving, also try to examine your well-being and search to ensure that you have no unforgiveness in your heart. If you do, work to let it go, so that you can be free. In the meantime, be grateful, be thankful, and stay safe.

Please share with us what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Until next time,

Stasea

 


A Spiritual Perspective for Racial Reconciliation

Posted by forgive4health@gmail.com on October 23, 2020 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (4)

                                                                  A Spiritual Perspective for Racial Reconciliation

                                                                                  By Pastor Emanuel Williams

 

The Need for Forgiveness and Reconciliation in America

Beginning in May with the death of George Floyd every time you and I turn on our TVs or read the AJC, there is a report of an event that has sparked racial unrest and the need for racial reconciliation is mentioned. So, let’s examine this issue:

• During this year, there has been racial unrest across the United States as a result of incidents in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Kenosha, Louisville. In light of these incidents, politicians, business leaders, and clergy are talking about the need for healing and reconciliation between blacks and whites.

• Businesses and community groups are calling for the formation of councils and committees to monitor race relations within the community and for steps to bring about racial reconciliation.

• However, the United States is not the only nation to experience racial violence and the potential for civil unrest.

A. I would like to cite the historic example of a recent event in which the role religion played a major role in achieving racial reconciliation.

(1) During the 90’s the nation of South Africa was facing a crisis. A majority black government was preparing to come into power, and the world held its breath as to what would be the outcome. Could there be a peaceful transition from white to black political power after decades of racial unrest and injustice? But just as God raised up Moses to deliver Israel from Egypt, God raised up a man to resolve the acute crisis and to bring reconciliation.

(2) Archbishop Desmond Tutu oversaw South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and was able to instill a willingness among whites and blacks to forgive. In one instance, a white officer confessed his role in a massacre and asked for forgiveness. In the audience were people who were wounded in the incident and people who had lost loved ones. But when the officer asked for forgiveness they did not rush to strangle or assault him but applauded. Such examples of forgiveness led to widespread reconciliation.

(3) My point is that through Bishop Tutu’s moral and religious leadership, bloodshed and revenge were avoided and a road to a peaceful transition of the government was accomplished through racial reconciliation.

(4) During this period there arose a phenomenon - The Spirit of “ubuntu”

(a) It was another example of a religious practice that helped to prompt and promote racial reconciliation in South Africa. The word “ubuntu” was used to describe someone who was generous, hospitable and compassionate and who shared whatever he/she had.

B. In his memoirs, Bishop Tutu says that at the very core of ubuntu is a true understanding of brotherhood and fellowship as expressed in the New Testament Greek word Koinonia.

Forgiveness versus reconciliation

Forgiveness Reconciliation

• Is unilateral Is bilateral

• Requires only one person Is reciprocal

• Decision to release the offender Effort to rejoin the offender

• Requires change in thinking about Involves a change in behavior

The offender by the offender

• Is a free gift to the one who has Restored relationship based on

Broken trust restored trust

• Extended even if it is never earned Offered to the offender because

It has been earned.

• Unconditional, regardless of Conditional based on repentance

Repentance

While we know that FORGIVENESS has its basis in Christianity and the teachings of Jesus, what about RECONCILIATION? What is the spiritual basis for reconciliation?

1. Reconciliation and Religion in America “Bound Together: Racial Reconciliation Begins in the Church – Jerram Barrs: Covenant Theological Seminary

A. The biblical framework for forgiveness and reconciliation

Historically, the failure of the Christian Church to speak out for and live out reconciliation between races may tempt people to believe that there are only a few verses in the Word of God which address this issue. But when we turn to Scripture, we find that reconciliation is a core value of our faith. Let me share with you four examples of the relationship between faith and reconciliation.

(1) Common Humanity (Acts 17:26-28) Paul on Mars Hill

“From one man God made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’” (Acts 17:26-28) We have a common origin and we all live and move and have our being in God.

(2) Common Shame (Genesis 5:3 and Romans 3:22)

Secondly, we must recognize our common shame. Not only do we share the same glory, we bear the same shame. We all inherit the sinful nature of our parents, from Adam and Eve right down to the present day. Adam and Eve, we are told in Genesis 5:3, begot a child in their own image, in their own likeness. We share the image and likeness of God, but we also share the image and likeness of sinful humanity. There is a built-in connectedness among the people of this world.

(3) New Humanity in Christ – Jesus went to all people

Whether people were despised because of race, gender, culture, or sin, Jesus went to them. Jesus went into their homes, He ate with them, and they received Him gladly. The Son of God showed us how we are to be. Jesus taught His disciples that after His death He would draw to Himself men and women from every nation on the face of this earth. He declared that His passion is that there would be unity among his followers. John’s vision in Revelation

(4) The Longing of Christ – Highly Priestly Prayer John 17

John 17 records the night of Jesus’ death. What is the passion, the motivation, the longing that fills Jesus’ heart as He prepares Himself to go to crucifixion? John 17:20 records His prayer, “My prayer is not for them [the disciples] alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” Jesus’ passionate prayer before He dies, is that we, His people—all of us—will experience the kind of unity that the members of the Trinity experience.

The longing of Jesus Christ is that we (black, white, yellow and brown; male and female; young and old; from every people, tribe, tongue and nation) may be one. Jesus prayed saying, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” Christ’s desire is not Asian-Americans here and Latinos there, Afro-Americans here and Anglo-Americans somewhere else, but rather that we may be brought to complete unit

(5) What stands in the way of unity?

(a) What stands in the way of the realization of unity in the body of Christ? What stands in the way of reconciliation?

• Our pride of heritage,

• our security in our cultural identity,

• our comfort in our color, the result is idolatry

(b) When this pride, this security, this comfort causes us to turn our back on Jesus’ prayer on the night that He died, then all we have is idolatry. It is idolatry that causes us to think we know better than Him how the church should be built before the world and we must repent of this idolatry.

© We need to be prepared to say with the apostle Paul, “I am white, I am English, I am Reformed, I am Presbyterian”—or whatever it may be for you—and say, “I consider this manure.” Those are Paul’s words. It is not just rubbish; I consider this dung in comparison to knowing

(6) How do we move forward from here?

Paul has told us the answer is humility. “Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Eph. 4:2). We must humble ourselves before God’s Word and before one another. We must see the idolatrous nature of our hearts toward our cultural comfort and identity and cry out to God to convict us.

If you have not been awakened to the need for reconciliation in the body of Christ then you need to cry out to God that He will harrow your heart. Ask the Lord to convict you of what His Word teaches not in an obscure verse or two here and there, but what is taught from the beginning to the end of His Word about the unity of the human race and the unity of people in Jesus Christ. We need to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand and under His Word. And then we need to make confession to God and to one another because the New Testament encourages us to confess our sins to one another that we might be healed. And we need to be healed.

2. Steps Toward Reconciliation

A. Personal examples of racial reconciliation: military and hospital settings

B. Video: Racism, Social Justice, and he Christian Response

3. Closing

A. Let us humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand and under His Word.

B. Then let us make confession to God and to one another because the New Testament encourages us to confess our sins to one another that we might be healed.

C. And let us be healed through the power of God’s Holy Spirit

D. Pray.

 

 

 

National Preparedness Month

Posted by forgive4health@gmail.com on September 5, 2020 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (5)

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and according to Wikipedia, it was established in 2004 and has since been observed each September in the United States. NPM is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and comes under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security. Recognizing NPM is an opportunity to take a good look at how we are prepared for emergencies in our homes, businesses, schools and communities, and then decide how to be prepared for sudden disasters.

At this time, NPM is more relevant than ever. At the personal level, it’s imperative that we know how to protect ourselves and family during these pandemics. Our emergency supply kits should include ample quantities of masks, sanitizer and disinfectant cleaner. Our children need to know and understand the importance of this virus, at least as much as they can understand. They need to be observant and careful about their surroundings without being fearful. When we do the necessary tasks to stay safe, we are not denoting the presence of God in our lives. He tells us in His word to be wise, use wisdom. “…wisdom is found in those who take advice.” (Prov. 13:10) Taking precautions can help to keep you or your family safe is using wisdom.

Ready.gov suggests 4 essentials that will enable you to be prepared for a disaster, a 4-step process that will take the month of September to complete. Catch up if you are just reading this:

Week 1 – September 1-5: Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus, to which I add, stay informed.

 

Week 2 – September 6-12: Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control. FEMA suggests a more extensive emergency kit which is listed below.

 

Week 3 – September 13-19: Prepare For Disasters

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.

 

 

Week 4 – September 20-26: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

FEMA Emergency Supply Kit

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

• Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)

• Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)

• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

• Flashlight

• First aid kit

• Extra batteries

• Whistle (to signal for help)

• Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)

• Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)

• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)

• Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)

• Manual can opener (for food)

• Local maps

• Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

• Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

I hope you will take advantage of this information by taking the steps necessary to ensure your family’s safety to the best of your ability and leave the rest in the hands of the Lord.

Prov. 20:18 “Make plans by seeking advice…”

 

Unanswered Prayers: COVID Or Other Prayer Requests

Posted by forgive4health@gmail.com on August 28, 2020 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (2)

                                                                Unanswered Prayers

Guest Writer: Tony Hall, Clarkston,

 

Have you been praying about a situation in your life and found yourself waiting for a breakthrough? Praying for the end of  the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you wondering why the answer has not come yet? Do you feel as though victory is passing you by?

 

Sometimes when we pray long and hard about a situation in our life without receiving any answers, we just learn to live with it. We go on about our business, wondering if or when God will send the answer. But God does hear those prayers, and He’s working out the answers even though we may not know all the details. Our situation can change suddenly—quickly without warning!

 

But one thing is certain: Before God moves suddenly, we will wait. Waiting for answers is a fact of life—nobody gets out of it. So, the question is not if we'll wait, but rather how we’ll wait. And I believe how we wait will determine how long we wait.

Two Ways to Wait

All of us will wait passively, or we'll wait expectantly. A passive person hopes something good will happen and is willing to sit around waiting to see if it does. After a short time, he gives up, saying, "That’s it! I've waited and waited and nothing's happened." The passive person has a lot of wishbone but not much backbone!

 

The expectant person, on the other hand, is hopeful, believing the answer is just around the corner, due to arrive any minute. His belief is not a passive thing. His heart is full of hope, expecting his problem to be solved at any moment. He wakes up every morning expecting to find his answer. He may wait and wait, but suddenly what he’s been waiting for happens.

Expect It to Happen

 

We know the word wait means "to expect" or "to look for." But remember, it also means "to serve" — just like a waiter waits on your table at a restaurant. Our act of waiting isn’t supposed to be spent sitting around passively hoping that something will happen sometime soon.

Be Eager with Faith

Once we've asked God to answer a question or solve a problem, we need to be eagerly awaiting His answer. We need to be serving actively, aggressively, and expectantly. When our hearts are eager to hear from God, He loves to rush in suddenly with His solution. In many cases this waiting period actually serves as a time of preparation for the answer. If God answered right away, many of us would be ill-prepared to handle His solution.

Then All of a Sudden...

In the Bible, Paul and Silas knew about waiting, and they waited well. Acts 16 tells the story of how they were attacked by a crowd, beaten, and thrown in jail. Verse 24 says the jailer put them into the inner prison (the dungeon) and fastened their feet in the stocks. He was making sure they couldn't escape. But about midnight, God showed up. Now it would have been nice if He'd come a little earlier, but Paul and Silas didn’t seem to mind—they just decided to start singing and began to worship the Lord. As you wait expect and worship.

 

 

What have you been praying about? Share your stories with us.

Praying diligently.

In his service.

Dr. Meg

Workout Etiquette During the COVID Pandemic

Posted by forgive4health@gmail.com on July 28, 2020 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (1)

 

 

Workout Etiquette During the COVID Pandemic

Guest Writer: Ms. Donna Riley

Since the health clubs and gyms have received the green light to reopen in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic there are some new rules that have been put into place. Many clubs have spaced out there machines in order to adapt to the social distance rules, and depending on the club there may be other requirements you will have to adopt and you may want to contact them before you go, and as always be sure to pack your manners when you pack your gym bag. The following workout tips, when followed, will ensure a pleasant workout experience every time.

 

A dose of good manners helps any workout!


 

Be considerate of the equipment

  •  It is important to share the equipment especially if the gym is crowded. Be sure to use it expeditiously, but carefully, and move on. Don't forget to wipe down the equipment. Avoid using towels to hold your space on equipment and don't hog equipment with prolonged rest periods. Be willing to vary your routine if necessary and never jump in front of someone just because that machine is next in your pre-planned routine. Wait or go to another machine until the other is free. 
  • Since we must share the equipment, we must take care of it and sanitize it. Don't slam the weights and be sure to re-rack or replace free weights . Also, bring a towel to wipe machines and weights after using them. No one else should be left to wipe away your perspiration.

 

Be considerate of others

  •  Many people go to health clubs to socialize and to meet new friends. This is perfectly all right as long as you are not tying up equipment while taking your conversation break. Be conscious not to sit on machines or hold onto weights you're not using. Others may be waiting to use them.
  •  Never count reps out loud. You may break the concentration of others around you. If you carry a towel, water bottle, workout log, chart or gym bag with you, keep them out of the way while working out.
  •  Never jump into an exercise class that is already underway. You may jump into someone else's spot or you may risk injury by not warming up properly. In addition you may have also missed specific instructions.
  •  When working with a personal trainer, be sure to respect the time allotted for you. If you are running late, be sure to give a courtesy call. If you are going to miss your scheduled session, kindly give a minimum of 24 hours notice.

 

To the health club /gym staff

  •  When recruiting perspective members, be upfront! Do not make an inaccurate statements about the services you offer if they don't exist. Also, be genuinely courteous and helpful to your members. Observe to make sure they are exercising correctly to avoid injuries, and following the social distance rules.
  • Be sure to service your equipment regularly to prevent major breakdowns and prolonged out of order problems.
  •  If everyone works together unselfishly, staff, trainers and members a like will ensure a fabulous workout experience. Have fun, stay fit, stay safe and may all your workouts be pleasurable!

Please share with us more tips for workout etiquette during the pandemic. Stay safe!

 


Celebrating Men's Health, Diversity, and Fatherhood

Posted by forgive4health@gmail.com on June 25, 2020 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

June is the middle of the year and the month when we celebrate men;s health, diversity, Juneteenth, and Father's Day. June is a month that we will never forget as it has been filled with riots, weather storms, and increasing rates of COVID-19. It seems that there is never a dull moment and that we have been all riding a wild bull in a world of chaos this month. But what about the health of our men? Or the issue of diversity, race, and fatherhood? I am glad you asked. You see, I honestly believe that keeping our men or fathers healthy while celebrating their diversity is an excellent approach to improving health and wellness in American men. Currently, there are an estimated 168 million men in the United States. As you imagine, not all of these men are fathers, but the Census Bureau indicated that in 2014, there were about 72 million fathers in America. Unfortunately, many American children are been raised in single-parent homes. Currently, men make up 17 percent of single parents, and in 2016, two million single fathers were living with their children under age 18; nine percent were raising three or more children younger than age 18; about 40 percent were divorced, 38 percent were never married, 16 percent were separated, and six percent were widowed. Another interesting fact is that about 46 percent of these men had an annual family income of $50,000 or more. So, many men and their children are living alone, therefore, one could just imagine the impact these living conditions could have on the health of these dads. As we celebrate dads and men this month, what can we do to help the men who are trying to be good dads, those who have abdicated their positions as dads, and the men who are aspiring to become fathers to be better men and dads? I am glad you asked. First, I think it starts with improving the personal physical, mental, spiritual, social, and emotional health of all of our men. Good men and dads are vital to the progress of our communities and for our children to thrive. So, we want them around as long as possible. So, men must focus on keeping themselves healthy while they work to provide for their families. This starts by ensuring that they receiving all recommended preventive care services, manage any preexisting health conditions, eating nutritious smoke, not smoke or quit if they do, and remaining physically active for at least 150 minutes per week. I know that these recommendations go against the image of the "super dad" who is never ill or cries, but even "super dads" can get sick or hurt. So, remember that a stitch in time will save nine. So, get to know your primary care doctor and make your health a priority. Secondly, men must realize that the image of the best dad is in Christ our Lord. Christ loves without judging, is always supportive, protects, provides, and persevere, despite all of our faults and shortcomings. This is the best model for any earthly father to emulate. However, dads, if you are not doing these things, don't stay in your guilt and shame, but ask for God's help to get back on the right path. After all, even your toughest son needs a dad to support him from time to time. That son is also watching you and will treat his wife the way you treated his mom. Of course, your daughters and wives desperately need you as well. So, ask for God's help and be present for your wife and children. Third, to keep our men and dads healthy there is a need for them to build strong relationships with other men, mentors, and accountability partners. After all, there should be someone with whom they can cry, laugh at themselves, pray with, and fall back on as a place for emotional and spiritual support. No man is indeed an island. So, this month, can I suggest to all men that they consider widening their circle of friends and work to find someone who can support you in these and other ways? Fourthly, strong men invest in their wives and children. Believe me, when you are sick, work won't come to bath you, wipe your tears, but those kids and your wife or partner will. So, keep your family as your priority. As a wise woman once said "God first, family second, and career third." So, don't make the mistake of changing these priorities around and remember your work is not who you are, but your family is your crown and glory. Put the home in its rightful place and watch how God will reward you for doing so. Lastly, wise dads and fathers plan for the future. They consider what will happen when they are no longer on this earth. Do they plan for the best outcome and for what will happen to their wife and children after they are deceased? The bible reminds us that a good man leaves a legacy for his children's children. Since we will all die, think about the legacy you would like to leave, and start working towards that goal. Begin with the end in mind! The COVID -19 pandemic have reminded us how short life can be, and so as we celebrate our diversity, let us remind our sons, brothers, fathers, grandfathers, relatives, and friend to make their health a priority so that they can have a long and healthy life. Men, please share with us how you prioritize your health and work to remain healthy during this time. Women, let me know how you are encouraging the men in your life to take care of their health. Looking forward to your comments. Stay safe! Dr. Meg

Staying safe during the Corona Virus Pandemic

Posted by forgive4health@gmail.com on May 19, 2020 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (3)

Health and Wellness

By: Magon Saunders


It is May 2020, and the world is in the grips of the Coronavirus pandemic. In Georgia, my office just completed the 9th week of 100 % telework. In the past nine weeks, I have driven less than 10 miles and have only left the house for fresh fruits and vegetables and for a funeral. It is a strange time!

When I navigate the very quiet world outside of my home, I ensure that I wear a mask, sanitize doors, cart handles, my hands and my purses, before I return to my car and home. I also follow all social distancing rules, although these can be hard to follow in the grocery stores and or farmers markets. On my side of the world, the big concern has been the growing number of family members and friends affected by COVID-19. While several in the United States and England have recovered from their infection, unfortunately, we have one family member so far that have died from the virus. At the time of writing, the United States was approaching almost 90,000 cases of COVID-19. Death seems all around us and many are scared to leave their homes, go to the store, participate in worship, etc. It is indeed a scary time, but what do we do as believers do? How do we navigate this current world? What will our lives look like once this virus releases its grip on our world?

No one really knows the answer to these and other pressing questions since most of us have never experienced anything like this in our lifetime. For instance, no one seems to know whether the virus will truly go away? Whether it will have a second or third wave? How many will die in the first wave, and how far the droplets from a sneeze or cough can spread in the air. Is it six-feet or 23? Does it make sense to wear a mask in public? Will we ever have a time when we will see toilet paper back on the shelves? Will we always have a shortage of meats and poultry? When will things get back to normal? I will venture to say, only God truly knows the answers to these questions that fill our mind.

Most importantly, the economy is upside down, and 34 million Americans that are unemployed are wondering when and where they will find work, and how they will survive post pandemic? Many reported that the “stimulus check”, if they received one, was gone before it came. Many have applied for unemployment, yet two months later they are still waiting for that mysterious unemployment check. Many are broke, and the people who rely on them for support are terrified. Unfortunately with funds tight, many unemployed Americans are joining the lines at Food Pantries, and TV stations are reporting very long lines at Food banks where over 70% of clients have never requested this service. According to Feeding America, in Georgia, 1 in 7 adults and 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger. The COVID-19 pandemic has just increased this need.

So, this is a frightening, yet a very reflective time. Frightening as we are all fearful about contracting the virus, losing our jobs, or the impact of the pandemic on our finances. Yet, this is a reflective time, since the world has come to a major pause and many are forced to stay home and to enjoy their own company or spend time with their family. Mental health and physical health needs are heightened, and as a community, we have all had a chance to reflect on our lives. Questions such as these have cross my mind often: Are we where we want to be? What needs to be changed to get us to our personal goals? As many die around us, we have all reflected on whether we too are ready to die? Speaking of death, even death has been impacted by the virus as many funeral and other burial rites are ignored or limited with the social distancing and the limitations added to the number of people who can congregate.

So, as we approach Memorial Day and the beginning of the summer, what are we to do? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that we do the following to continue to stay safe. These are as follows:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water is not available, we should use sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to cover all of our hands, rubbing them together until they are dry.
  • Keep your hands out of your face, mouth and eyes.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when you go out in public.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as kitchen counters, door knobs, etc.
  • Avoid close contact even within your home, especially if a person is sick.

 

These and similar tips can help us survive this pandemic. For now, let us pray, let us unite to fight this virus, let’s work together to save lives, let’s keep practicing social distancing, let’s continue to be grateful for what we have, and let’s share our stories. What is your pandemic positive? Please write to us and share this with others as we work to get back to some semblance of normalcy in our lives.

 


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