Baptist Healthy Communities

If you are interested in signing up for Baptist Healthy Communities and have not already done so, please visit baptistcommunities.org. For more information or to make sure your faith organization or community agency is on our list, please contact us at 901-227-3512 or annmarie.wallace@bmhcc.org.

December Roundup

Happy Holidays!

The holidays are upon us, and this can be a particularly challenging time when it comes to prioritizing your health. With tempting goodies and more indoor time, it’s harder to maintain a healthy weight. But after the season is over, health problems may develop if holiday behaviors continue. We encourage you to make plans now to manage your health during the holidays!

Start by considering your Type 2 diabetes risk. For more information and a link to an assessment to determine your own risk for developing diabetes, please visit https://www.baptistonline.org/services/diabetes.

Also, there is still time to participate in the Aim to Maintain Challenge with virtual resources to help you stay active and healthy throughout the holiday season. Go to https://www.baptistonline.org/aim-to-maintain for more information or to learn how to join the challenge!

Here are 12 additional ways to promote a healthy holiday season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Wash your hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. Use soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves and waterproof boots.
  • Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed or out of control. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially and get plenty of sleep.
  • Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger. Choose not to drink and drive, and help others do the same.
  • Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but nonsmokers also are at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke.
  • Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle up your children using a child safety seat, booster seat or seat belt according to their height, weight and age. Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip, and encourage passengers to do the same.
  • Get health exams and screenings. Ask your health care provider what exams you need and when to get them. Update your personal and family history.
  • Get your vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months old and older should get a flu vaccine each year.
  • Monitor children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items and other objects out of children’s reach. Protect them from drowning, burns, falls and other potential accidents.
  • Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters or food cooking on stoves or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  • Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash your hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly.
  • Eat healthy and stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables. They are packed with nutrients and can help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt and sugar. Also, be active for at least two and a half hours a week, and help kids and teens be active for at least one hour a day.

For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/healthequity/features/holidayseason/index.html.

Health News and Information

All blood types desperately needed

Vitalant has a critical need for blood this holiday season. Your donation can make a difference in what has been described as the “worst blood shortage in over a decade.”  Visit https://donors.vitalant.org/dwp/portal/dwa to schedule an appointment now.

Aim to Maintain good health this holiday

The Aim to Maintain Challenge will continue through Jan. 3, 2022. It’s a great opportunity for you to stay healthy during the holiday season and qualify for prizes. The Kroc Center Memphis and Baptist Memorial Health Care have collaborated to offer virtual resources, such as fitness classes, wellness challenges, health and wellness tips, and the opportunity to win wellness-focused prizes, including an Apple Watch, a JBL Bluetooth Speaker, and gift cards to Whole Foods, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lulu Lemon and much more.

You can join Kroc Center Memphis’s weekly classes wherever you are as classes will be livestreamed on Zoom.

Visit https://www.baptistonline.org/aim-to-maintain to view class schedules, health and wellness tips, and weekly goals. Please join us through the new year as we aim to maintain a focus on health and wellness!

Dates for Your Calendar

Leadership Memphis MLK Days of Service 2022

Leadership Memphis will host multiple projects for its MLK Days of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Jan. 14-17, 2022. Baptist’s Day of Service will include free COVID-19 vaccines for children and adults during a family friendly event. Make a plan to join us on
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022
2–4 p.m.

Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital
6225 Humphreys Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38120

Visit Events at Baptist for a full schedule of events or for more information.

Health Resources

If you would like to order coronavirus (COVID-19) educational materials for your congregation or organization, please complete this order form.

Get Connected

For more information, or to make sure your faith organization is on our list, please call 901-227-3512 or email Ann Marie Wallace at annmarie.wallace@bmhcc.org.

Downloads

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Childhood Obesity

Posters - 8.5" x 11"

Fact Sheet - 8.5" x 11"

DIABETES

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Fact Sheets - 8.5" x 11"

END OF LIFE PLANNING

FIVE WISHES

Poster - 8.5" x 11"

HEART SERVICES

Posters - 8.5" x 11"

MEN'S HEALTH

JUNE MEN'S HEALTH MONTH

Fact Sheets - 8.5" x 11"

Posters - 8.5" x 11"

PEDIATRIC SERVICES

SPENCE AND BECKY WILSON BAPTIST CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Poster - 8.5" x 11"

Rack Card - 5.5" x 8.5"

STROKE AWARENESS

Posters - 8.5" x 11"

Fact Sheets - 8.5" x 11"

WOMEN'S HEALTH

OCTOBER BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Posters - 8.5" x 11"

BREAST DENSITY

Fact Sheets - 8.5" x 11"

Women's Reproductive Health

Beautiful Beginnings

App Flyer - 8.5" x 11"

For questions about Baptist Healthy Communities please contact 901-227-3512.