Our founder and coordinator, Carolyn Swanson has passed after a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was a fierce champion for health, a spiritual role model for us all and a truly selfless human being. Her contributions to the community have been significant and numerous. When she could have taken the spotlight so many times for all she has done, she refused to ever take the glory, wishing instead to quietly work behind the scenes. Her enthusiasm and passion for Churches United was unequaled and this group of churches became who it is today because of her drive to help and serve congregations in the community to the best of her ability. She was relentless in her quest to make CUFHC innovative and meaningful. Her success was our community's gift and we are all better people for having known Carolyn Swanson. She will be forever missed. It is fitting to say "may you rest in peace," dear friend. But those of us who know Carolyn, know she will never, ever rest and she is already busy doing God's work in heaven. You go, sistah girl!
When we talk about health, we can’t just focus on heart health, or liver health, or brain health, and not whole health. You have to see the whole person, and make use of the tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together. That’s why awareness of mental health is for everyone, whether or not they have a mental health concern.
The theme for Mental Health Month in May, 2018 is Fitness #4Mind4Body. Information will focus on increasing understanding of how the body’s various systems impact mental health based on recent research. From food to fitness to gut flora, we will be diving into the elements that make up personal wellness.
This May, MHA is calling on individuals to join us as we challenge ourselves to make small changes - both mentally and physically - to create huge gains for our overall health. A daily challenge will be posted online on MHA’s website and across our social media networks. We’re asking for people to share their participation and progress by posting on social media with #4mind4body. To download our toolkit, go to http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may
We want to learn more about your experience and decisions related to work.
You may take part in this study if you: • were diagnosed with breast or colorectal cancer within the past 5 years • were between the ages of 40 and 64 years at the time of diagnosis
The interview can be in-person or on the phone. The interview lasts about 1 hour. You will receive a $45 gift card for your time.
USF Department of Community and Family Health To learn more call: 813-557-0365 or email [email protected]
Congratulations to Ruby Hope, National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Go Red program. Join Ruby on February 3, 2017 at Pinellas Technical College for Pink Goes Red, from 6:00pm- 8:00pm. They'll be refreshments, free givieaways, health screenings and line dancing. Hosted by AKA Zeta Upsilon Omega, DST St. Pete Alumnae Chapter.
There's lots of information going around right now about what the Zika virus is and does. Now the first case of a Florida mosquito infecting someone is being investigated. Florida has confirmed local transmissions of the Zika virus in one small, less than one-square mile area in Miami-Dade County, just north of downtown. Learn how you can protect yourself against the Zika virus by clicking here.
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Parents As Teachers (PAT+) is a nationally recognized parenting program that helps parents or other caregivers build a confident relationship with a new baby. The program stresses family well-being, parent-child interaction and development centered parenting.
The PAT+ team is ready with support, referrals and encouragement to help you and your baby thrive. Many of our services are provided by PAT+ parent educators, all with extensive backgrounds working with families. For more information or to make a referral please call (727) 350-5900.
Karen Davis-Pritchett from Empath Health
provided us with some great tips she collected during the Caregiver's
Conference on March 19. As caregivers, we know how much help we can get
from those who have walked the same path. Please click here for the tips shared by those who care for loved ones.
Another great church celebrates Go Red Sunday by bringing heart
disease awareness to women in their congregation.
10th Street Church of God, you are looking good!
Thanks for stepping up, Unity Temple, and bringing awareness to Heart Disease in women by celebrating Go Red Sunday! If your church celebrated Go Red Sunday, it's not too late to send us a picture. We will be proud to post it! Women supporting other women is a long tradition in church life. CUFHC is pleased to be an advocate for the Heart Association's campaign of Go Red- we have been doing it for ten years!
Disabled Services include:
Click here to view Ruby Hope's own personal Go Red story. Like many women, Ruby's symptoms were not "typical." This is a great personal story and we thank Ruby for sharing it with us all.
Check out the CDC’s tips and resources to help you go tobacco-free in 2015:
St. Petersburg College offers Get Ready for College – Math, Writing and Reading. These self-paced online tutoring programs are aimed at helping incoming students refresh their skills.
These online programs are aimed at students who have been away from school for a while and recent high school graduates who need to sharpen their skills before starting college.
The goal is to give potential students the help they need to boost their confidence about starting or returning to college. http://www.spcollege.edu/ready/
More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.
Another 86 million adults – more than one in three U.S. adults – have prediabetes, where their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 percent to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
“These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country,” said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms. It’s urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease.” Read More...
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Pinellas County's health picture in obesity and dental health suggests that more work is needed to meet the state's goal of becoming the healthiest state in the nation.
For example, 2010 obesity figures show that 41.6 percent of Pinellas adults were overweight and 24 percent were obese. About 28 percent of middle-school students weren't getting enough vigorous physical activity; the figure jumped to 37 percent for those in high school. Among adults, 60 percent did not eat the recommended fruit and vegetable servings and 22.4 percent were sedentary.The dental health profile shows a need for more dentists who accept Medicaid. Of the 1,667 licensed dentists in Pinellas, 25 accepted Medicaid. Only 6.7 percent of Medicaid-eligible adults received dental services in 2011. More than 4,800 Pinellas residents resorted to visiting the emergency room for treatment of dental conditions that preventive, regular dental care could have alleviated, but which Medicaid doesn't cover