Health & Wellness

St. Mark’s Health and Wellness Ministry team loves their congregation by working to educate them about the link between faith and health.  The team strives to provide health promotion and educational activities that address the needs of the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

The Health Promotion bulletin board in the upper hall offers a look into various topics promoting health for men, women and children of all ages. In place of visiting St. Mark’s, please find below October’s Health Tip: 

Breast cancer awareness 

What is breast cancer? 

Breast cancer is a disease.

The cells of the breast grow out of control and abnormally. There can be different kinds of breast cancer. What kind you have depends on what cells have become abnormal in the breast, and then turn into cancer.

Breast cancer can begin in different parts of the breast, and can potentially spread to other parts of the body.

Did You Know? 

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.

Men can also develop breast cancer, even though it is rare.

1 in 8 women are expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime.

Breast cancer accounts for approximately 25% of new cases of cancer.

Get Screened 

It is important to get screened any time you notice changes in your breasts.

You can speak to your family doctor about screening and next steps.

What are some causes of breast cancer? 

There is no single cause of breast cancer, but some factors that increase the risk of developing the disease include:

Age, family history, previous breast disorders,  post menopausal women,  taking hormone replacements, obesity, alcohol overuse/abuse, previous treatment with radiation therapy, dense breasts, start menstruating early, starting menopause after 55.

These are some of the causes of breast cancer we can change to protect ourselves: being physically active, being overweight after menopause, taking hormones (including birth control), drinking alcohol.

Support 

You can find support at www.cancer.ca.

 

For a healthy Body, Mind and Spirit…..

Prayer is our intimate conversation with God. We can come to God with our concerns for family, friends and for ourselves. We can offer thanks for answered prayer.  The Prayer Chain is a committed group of people who pray on our behalf. There are Prayer Concern cards in the pews for you to write your request. St. Mark’s has a Prayer Box in which to place your concerns and your prayer request card. The prayer box is brought forward each week during the  Prayers of the People and placed on the Communion Table.  Your requests are important to us and will be kept confidential.  Please contact the office to add a name to the prayer list.

~Pray without ceasing

~PUSH – pray until something happens

 

For a healthy Body, Mind and Spirit…..

If you feel threatened, call 911!

A mental health crisis may be frightening to those near the individual in crisis. There may be many factors that have resulted in the present crisis. Aggressive behaviour is often an attempt to keep people away so that the individual can feel safe.  Safety of the individual and those in the vicinity is imperative.  Remain calm, be respectful and courteous; speak quietly and clearly.  Ask questions slowly and quietly, one question at a time. Wait patiently for an answer, avoid interrupting or correcting. Repeat questions clearly to gain better understanding.  Decrease distractions: loud noises and bright lights may escalate behaviour.  Be an ally: “how can I help you?” or “I am here to help you.”  Allow as much space as is possible, avoid getting too close or blocking an exit.

 

St. Mark’s Health and Wellness committee also offers educational opportunities……..

CPR/AED Training

CPR/AED re-certification training is available at St. Mark’s annually in the spring.

Spring 2021 Training Date: tba

Please contact info@stmarkswhitby.ca to attend this training course.  All are welcome.