Health Ministry

First Friday Health Screenings at Memorial Hospital

posted Feb 29, 2012, 12:06 PM by Jane Wendholt   [ updated Feb 29, 2012, 12:11 PM ]

On the first Friday of every month, Memorial Hospital is sponsoring a "First Friday Health Screening" from 7 to 9am in the Community Relations Classroom at Memorial Southside Office, 1100 W 12th Ave in Jasper. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and will have cholesterol (including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides) and blood glucose checked via a finger stick. A 12-hour fast is required;however, you may drink water and take prescribed medications.The cost is $25 and may be paid at the screening.The screening lasts approximately 15 minutes, and pre-registration is required.To register for the screening, or for more information, visit and click on "Health Screenings".Enter the company name as Memorial Hospital and enter 2012 as the password.You may also register by calling the Community Relations Department at 996-2399 or toll-free at 800-852-7279, ext 2399.

Flu Shot Clinic

posted Oct 3, 2011, 7:39 AM by Jane Wendholt

A flu shot clinic will be held in the Activity Center on Oct. 23, 2011 from 9am until Noon.  The shot will be covered by Medicare.  All others will cost $30.  The flu shots will be provided by Angels of Mercy Home Care (formerly St. Joseph's Hospital Home Care).  No appointment is necessary. ALSO, blood pressure screenings will be taken after the 8am & 10am Masses on Oct. 9th along with the coffee and donuts in the Activity Center.

Children and Car Safety

posted Jan 4, 2011, 6:04 AM by


Safety tip of the month:  Children and Car safety


Child passenger safety serves as a reminder to make sure your child’s safety seat is properly installed.  Always read the instruction manual for the seat you purchase.  Each seat has specific instructions for proper installation. 

Infants to one year or 20 pounds:  For best protection keep infants in the back seat in rear facing car seats as long as possible up to height and weight requirements.                                      


Protect your teen driver:

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.  CDC’s “Parents are the key” campaign can help you learn about the most dangerous driving situations for your teen driver and how to avoid them.  Visit the website at

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

posted Jan 4, 2011, 6:03 AM by


January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.  This is a time to raise awareness of birth defects and to promote healthy pregnancies.


A birth defect is a problem that occurs while the baby is growing in the mother’s body.  Many birth defects can be prevented.  Here are some tips to help you have a healthy pregnancy:

*Take a vitamin with folic acid everyday during pregnancy.

*See your doctor regularly as soon as you think you are pregnant.

*Make sure your vaccinations are updated.

*Eat healthy and stay active.

*Try to prevent infections.

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services

Health tips for the New Year

posted Jan 4, 2011, 6:01 AM by

A New Year brings a Fresh Start. 


10 most popular New Year’s Resolutions:

1.    Lose weight

2.    Manage debt

3.    Save money

4.    Get a better job.

5.    Get fit

6.    Get a better education.

7.    Drink less alcohol.

8.    Quit smoking.

9.    Reduce overall stress.

10.  Take a trip.


Look for upcoming nutrition and fitness advice from your parish nurses. 


The start of a new year often means the start of new habits.  A healthy diet and regular physical activity can easily be achieved by making some of these easy, conscious decisions. 


Family, fun and FOOD!  It’s what the holidays are about, right?  This doesn’t mean you have to pack on the pounds over the holidays.  Start your new year with a new you.  Learn how to balance the calories you consume with the calories you burn and avoid weight gain. 


Modify recipes to reduce the amount of fat and calories.  For example, try skim milk instead of whole milk or 2% milk.  Here are some other easy substitutions:  Low fat or fat free sour cream for regular sour cream, chicken breast instead of a thigh, whole wheat bread for white bread, and diet soda or water instead of regular soda. 


Cut back 100 calories a day and lose up to ten pounds a year. 

100 calories equals one cup of regular soda, one tablespoon of butter or one ounce of cheese.


When snacking in from of the TV, put only the amount that you wish to eat in a bowl instead of eating out of the bag.  It’s easy to over eat when your attention is focused somewhere else.


Choose water, diet soda or low calorie beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.  Limit your alcoholic beverage intake.  Alcoholic drinks can have many calories.  Limit your alcohol calories by drinking more water. 


Get more active.  Involve your friends and family and be creative in ways to be active.  Take a walk with your kids.  Put on your favorite music and dance away the calories.


Need an action plan on how to include fruits and vegetables every time you eat?  Visit the Fruits and Veggies Matter website at


Looking for sound, science-based advice on weight control, getting stronger muscles and bones, and balanced nutrition.  Then visit where you will also find the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005.


My Pyramid and My Pyramid for Kids are the U.S Dept of Agriculture’s food guidance system.  Visit for more information.  You can personalize and tailor the recommendations to your lifestyle. 


Did you know that pets can benefit your health?

Pets can decrease your:

Blood pressure



Feelings of loneliness.


Pets can increase your:

          Opportunities for outdoor exercise

          Opportunities for socialization.


They say, if your pet is over weight then YOU are not getting enough exercise. 

Questions about medications or health?

posted Nov 6, 2010, 11:14 AM by

Questions about your medications?


Check out  for answers to your medication questions. 


Questions about health issues?  Check out for answers.  Type in your topic in the search window. 

Great American Smokeout

posted Nov 6, 2010, 11:13 AM by




The Great American Smokeout

November 18, 2010


The American Cancer Society (ACS) is marking the 35th Great American Smokeout on November 18 by encouraging smokers to use this date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking on this day.  By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life-one that can lead to reducing the risk of cancer.  To quit smoking is not easy, but it can be done.  To have the best chance of success, you need to know what you are up against, what your options are and where to ho for help.  Visit the ACS website for tips on quitting, benefits of quitting, a cost calculator and more.  ACS


To see 13 Best Quit Smoking Tips Ever visit


posted Nov 6, 2010, 11:12 AM by


Thanksgiving Day


Thanksgiving day was first celebrated as a harvest festival.  It is a holiday to express gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation to God, family and friends.  In the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.  The first thanksgiving is believed to have been celebrated at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts in 1621.  On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill into law declaring Thanksgiving a National Holiday and making it the fourth Thursday in November. 


Find a way to say “Thank you!”


I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.—Philippians 1:3


The economy is bad.  Many people have lost their jobs and find themselves in a position where extras aren’t possible.  The poor are among us.  As the Indians shared with the pilgrims, we can follow their foot steps of generosity and compassion by sharing with those in our communities. 


The food banks are in need of your donations.  The food banks rely solely on donations.  Use of the food banks has increased with the state of our economy.  Please consider donating food and/or money to the local food banks. 


Shared Abundance is the food pantry located on Fourth Street in Huntingburg.  You may drop donations by on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00-4:00pm, Friday from 12:30-4:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to noon.  Currently St. Mary’s is holding a food drive through the month of November.  Bring your food items to church and drop them in the boxes.


The Community Food Bank is located on Meridian Street in Jasper by the St. Vincent DePaul drop box.  They provide food to any resident who lives in Dubois County.  You may drop off food on Monday from 1:00-3:00pm, Wednesday from 6:00-8:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to noon.   Contact Amanda Drew for any questions. 


You may also want to consider donating your time.  They welcome volunteers and can always find a job for you to do.  Even children can help out at the food bank.   Youth groups and scouts are frequently seen working on food drives.  You may want to consider volunteering with your family.   It’s a wonderful way as a family to help others.



“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough” Oprah Winfrey


“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step  toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”  Brian Tracy


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  John F. Kennedy

Too cool for a morning walk?

posted Nov 6, 2010, 11:10 AM by


Is it getting too cool outside for your morning walk?


Huntingburg Memorial Gym will be open for walking beginning Nov 1.  The gym will be open from 5:00am to 1:30pm Monday through Friday.  This activity is for adults only.  No running or using the stairs will be allowed.  There is no fee to use the gym.  You may enter the building through the NW entrance. 

Flu Season

posted Nov 6, 2010, 11:09 AM by

Flu Season


Flu season will soon be upon us.  Flu vaccinations are now being offered around the community.  Consult your doctor to see if you need to receive a flu vaccination.  CVS, Walgreens, Kmart and Wal-Mart are all offering flu shots.  Visit their websites or call the local stores to set up an appt.  The Huntingburg Clinic is also offering flu shots without an appointment to those people who are regular clients. 


Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in schools.  To help slow the spread of influenza (flu), the first line of defense is getting vaccinated.  Other measures include covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands, and keeping sick people away from others.  Health and Human Services.


To learn how to clean and disinfect the classroom, visit the following website:  You may also use these practices at home.

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