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Women's Health Screenings

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The Health and Wellness Committee want to share some information for you as we start the new year.

Do you not know that your bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God. you are not your own, Therefore honor God with your bodies. 
-1 Corinthians 6:19-20

January 2019- we are focusing on Women’s Health /Issues -specifically, women screenings 

What are the benefits of health screenings?

  • Assess risks for future medical problems
  • Encourages a healthy lifestyle
  • Important to update vaccinations
  • Helps you get to know your provider in case of an illness

Recommended Health Screening and Ages:

  • Cholesterol 20-45 years old
  • Cervical cancer 21 + yo
  • Monthly Self breast exams 21 + yo
  • Pelvic and pap screening after 21, every 3 years, if normal
  • Colon Cancer screening 50 +
  • Flu shot every year after 6 months old and older
  • Pneumococcal vaccine 65+
  • Bone density screenings 65+

(Referenced from

If there are any questions- first contact your health care provider.

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Why is Water Good for Us?

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Here are five tips on why water is so important—water: 

  1. Protects your heart
    Drinking a large amount of water could help prevent heart attacks.
  2. Gives the brain a boost
    Water provides the brain much needed oxygen to perform at optimum levels.
  3. Helps save money
    Soft drinks are becoming increasingly more expensive at restaurants; drinking water can be a cheap alternative.
  4. Helps you lose weight
    Drinking water has the ability to increase your metabolic rate, thus helping your body’s ability to burn fat.
  5. Keeps you alert
    Dehydration is a huge cause of fatigue; drinking water can keep you alert and active during the day.  (Shape Magazine). 

These tips were found by Christy Harbinson who is a member of the Arcola Church Health and Wellness Ministry. She is a Certified Group Fitness Trainer. "Fitness has always been my passion. The body is our temple, we must take care of it!," is Christy's motto. She is a nutrition enthusiast as well.