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  Deborah Patterson knows health ministry.Deborah Patterson knows health ministry.
As the executive director of Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries, she works daily with parish nurses, pastors, and health professionals. She answers your most pressing or perplexing questions on health ministry. Are you hitting a roadblock with a program in your church? Are you wondering where to start with health ministry? Do you feel like you need a new idea on a specific topic? Ask Deborah!
 
  Church Website Content
Q. I am a new parish nurse, and I have been given permission to post a few things on our church’s website. I am wondering what I should put there.
 
  Relieved of Duties
QUESTION: After more than a decade of faithful service as a Faith Community Nurse, I have recently been relieved of my duties without explanation. Have you seen this before, and could I have seen this coming?
 
  Men's Health
I have been struggling with trying to help my husband start an exercise program he can do and continue doing. Is there anything I can do?
 
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Recommended Resources
 
 
  Book Review: When Sickness HealsBook Review: When Sickness Heals
Siroj Sorajjakool explores the place of religious belief in health care. Review by Andrew Gienapp.
 
  Book Review: Eating & DrinkingBook Review: Eating & Drinking
Author Elizabeth Groppe explores society and Christianity's approach to food and drink. Review by Joel R. Soza.
 
  Movie Review: VisionMovie Review: Vision
This drama tells the life of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century nun who viewed gardening, medicine, and learning as part of her ministry. Review by John Shorb.
 
  Book List: Dan Deffenbaugh
Daniel Deffenbaugh is Professor of Religion at Hastings College, Nebraska. He recommends five books on spirituality and health.
 
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Flyers and Downloads
  Spread the word in your church.
Download these flyers to promote healthy living within your congregation.
 
  Model for Healthy Living Assessment Wheel
An assessment tool for improving each area of your life or the life of your church.
 
  Get Your Family Moving! Flyer
Tips for exercise and movement that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
 
  Make a Healthy Grocery List (B&W)
Use this template to be a smart and savvy shopper and set yourself up for healthy eating.
 
  Make a Healthy Grocery List (Color)
Use this template to be a smart and savvy shopper and set yourself up for healthy eating.
 
  Hosting for the Holidays Flyer (B&W)
Try these easy tips to make hosting for the holidays stress-free and a time of relaxing fellowship for all.
 
  Hosting for the Holidays Flyer (Color)
Try these easy tips to make hosting for the holidays stress-free and a time of relaxing fellowship for all.
 
  Beat the Heat (B&W)
Simple steps to beat the summer heat.
 
  Beat the Heat (Color)
Simple steps to beat the summer heat.
 
  Vaccines... Adults Need Them, Too! (B&W)
A review of vaccines for adults.
 
  Vaccines... Adults Need Them, Too! (Color)
A review of vaccines for adults.
 
  Move More Flyer (B&W)
Easy ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
 
  Move More Flyer (Color)
Easy ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
 
  Tips for Family Caregivers (B&W)
10 tips for those caring for loved ones.
 
  Tips for Family Caregivers (Color)
10 tips for those caring for loved ones.
 
  Fruits and Veggies Flyer (B&W)
Ideas for adding fruits and vegetables to every meal.
 
  Fruits and Veggies Flyer (Color)
Ideas for adding fruits and vegetables to every meal.
 
  Heart Healthy Lifestyle Flyer (B&W)
Ways to prevent heart disease.
 
  Heart Healthy Lifestyle Flyer (Color)
Ways to prevent heart disease.
 
Curricula
  Alphabet Appetite
Alphabet Appetite: Teaching Children Healthy Eating through the Alphabet is a faith-based, healthy living curriculum designed to introduce children to healthy foods.
 
  Walk & Talk
Walk & Talk: Walking Together with Scripture is a year-long weekly Bible study and devotional.
 
  From Life to Life Eternal
From Life to Life Eternal: Discussing Death as People of Faith provides biblically-based reflections to help congregations discuss end-of-life issues.
 
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Recipes for Large Groups: 100 servings
  Use these recipes in your church for large gatherings. Recipes are done in increments of 100, so you can easily multiply to get the correct amount for your group.
 
  Quinoa Salad with CranberriesQuinoa Salad with Cranberries
Parsley, lemon juice and cranberries make for a light but flavorful salad.
 
  Mediterranean WrapsMediterranean Wraps
Fresh peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes fill these delicious wraps.
 
  Southern CaviarSouthern Caviar
This quick dish is great as a snack or an appetizer.
 
  Chicken Stir Fry with Broccoli and CashewsChicken Stir Fry with Broccoli and Cashews
Enjoy this take on Asian cuisine with this main dish.
 
  Edamame Succotash with ShrimpEdamame Succotash with Shrimp
This flavorful entrée is full of vegetables and protein. Experiment with this dish by adding more (and different!) vegetables.
 
  Summer Panzanella SaladSummer Panzanella Salad
This healthy and delcious salad is light but filling.
 
  Oven-Fried ChickenOven-Fried Chicken
You won’t miss deep-fried chicken after trying this healthier alternative.
 
  Smokey GreensSmokey Greens
This recipe retains the great nutrients of greens without reducing the flavor.
 
  Spicy Thai Coconut ShrimpSpicy Thai Coconut Shrimp
Rethink your standard church supper with this fresh take on Thai food.
 
  Gouda Macaroni and CheeseGouda Macaroni and Cheese
Using low-fat ingredients minimizes the fat while spinach and whole-wheat ingredients boost the flavor and the nutritional value.
 
  Lemon Green BeansLemon Green Beans
Lemon, garlic and light butter do all the work in this simple side dish.
 
Ministry Moments
  Reflecting through Art in San Marcos, NicaraguaReflecting through Art in San Marcos, Nicaragua
Last winter Threefold Ministries invited the women in their community to reflect on domestic violence through art.
 
  Gospel and Good People, Getting TogetherGospel and Good People, Getting Together
The Wednesday Night Ministry at Pacific Beach UMC, which began by providing weekly meals, now provides free medical services through a student-run free clinic.
 
  Building Freedom One Ramp at a TimeBuilding Freedom One Ramp at a Time
SAWs, or Servants at Work, a ministry in Indianapolis, Indiana builds ramps for people who would otherwise be trapped by their financial circumstances and their physical challenges.
 
  Providing Food for the Body and SoulProviding Food for the Body and Soul
Caritas Village is a community coffee shop and cultural center in Binghampton, one of the city’s most diverse and underserved neighborhoods.
 
  Building Community on the RoofBuilding Community on the Roof
This New York City congregation developed a small-scale rooftop vegetable farm.
 


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