MMBC HEALTH MINISTRY
“Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit”- 1 Corinthians 6:19
Our church is blessed to have a Health Ministry. The aim of this ministry is for wellness in body, mind and spirit through health education, disease prevention and the healing message of the Gospel.
Faith Community Nurse Functions:
An integrator of faith and health
A personal health and faith counselor
A health educator
An advocate and referral resource
MEET OUR FAITH COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE
Minister Angela Neal, RN, BSN has been a registered nurse for 29 years. She also holds a Neonatal certification and Holistic Health certification. Her field of nursing is Neonatal Intensive Care. She works within NICU at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. Minister Neal leads our Health Ministry here at Macedonia. She has spent 17 years volunteering, serving Macedonia as our Parish/ Faith Community Health Nurse. Minister Neal encourages physical health, spiritual health and wholeness. She keeps the congregation informed of health & wellness programs, encouraging the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. She informs us of health screenings & community health fairs. The greatest benefit of faith community nursing is her ability to provide educational health principles, along with spiritual care and nurturing. Minister Neal is a true woman of God! Her positive energy radiates to all whom come in contact with her. She serves our congregation with much compassion and love. She serves in various other capacities; Sunday School Teacher, Associate Minister and a Counselor. Minister Neal is a married mother of four wonderful daughters and five grandchildren.
Her favorite bible verse is Ephesians 3:20; Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us.
Every month the Health Ministry provides health tips and disease prevention through our monthly newsletter.
They also created “The Biggest Loser” contest with prizes. The contest promotes weight loss and prizes are awarded based on your final weigh in. The contest is strictly voluntary but we do enjoy winning those prizes!
Health Ministry Goals:
Health Ministry Objectives:
Cabarrus Health Alliance held a six week exercise program hosted at Macedonia, 209 people attended.
Blueberries: A study showed that women who ate four or more servings of blueberries per week were able to reduce the risk of heart attack by 34 percent. Blueberries contain anthocyanin, an antioxidant that’s especially helpful for blood vessels.
Meditation: A recent study showed that African Americans with coronary disease who meditated for 20 minutes twice a day had 48 percent fewer heart attacks than a control group that did not.
Bread: It is the biggest hidden source of salt in the American diet. We eat a lot of it in dinner rolls and pizza crusts.
Exercise: It’s not just for weight loss. The benefits of exercise extend far beyond your weight. For older people, just walking at a moderate pace for 30 minutes a day gives very substantial heart health benefits.
Source: AARP March Bulletin