March Health News

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer—that’s why it’s so important to get screened.

People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50.
  • Encourage your family members and friends over age 50 to get screened.
  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy.

For more information, visit or call a Parish Nurse. We can answer questions, guide your decision making and advocate for you. Don’t delay get a screening scheduled today!

Nutrition and Weight Loss
Parish nurses are here to support your health. If you would like to learn more about healthy nutrition, weight loss and exercise to achieve your goals, call on us. We will support you, listen to concerns and barriers and help you with a plan.

Dementia Health Directives Tool Plans for the Future
Advanced directives generally aren’t given much attention until a medical crisis descends on an individual or family. Barak Gaster, a primary-care physician at the UW School of Medicine, came up with a five-page summary of options for those who want to get ahead of an Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnosis. View his Health Directive for Dementia.

Mar 9 – Free Dental Clinic for Seniors and Veterans
Services are provided by a licensed dentist and may include screening/evaluation, cleaning, X-rays, restorations, and extractions. To be eligible for this free service you must be a resident of Pierce County; have no dental coverage, including Medicaid; meet income eligibility guidelines; and have completed medical history prior to appointment. To make an appointment please call 253-272-1101. Sponsored by Bates Technical College and the Pierce County Dental Foundation.

Free Tax Preparation Available!
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) helps households with incomes up to $54,000 save money through free tax preparation during tax season. IRS-certified volunteers prepare your taxes accurately and ensure that you receive all deductions and credits you qualify for as well as learn about other financial services and community resources. Associated Ministries and Sound Outreach both have locations throughout Pierce County. Find out who needs to file, how to get answers to your tax questions, and how get the tax forms you need from the IRS.

9 secrets to live a long life

  1. Move naturally. Don’t do marathons or pump iron; work around the house, garden, walk, cycle, walk when talking on the phone.
  2. Know your purpose. Have a reason for waking up in the morning.
  3. Kick back. Find ways to shed stress, whether it’s praying, napping or going to happy hour.
  4. Eat less. Stop eating when you are 80% full.
  5. Eat less meat. Beans are a cornerstone of most centenarians ‘diets.
  6. If you drink do it in moderation (one to two glasses a day).
  7. Have faith, attending faith-based services often.
  8. Power of love. Put families first, including committing to a partner and keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby.
  9. Stay social. Build a social network that supports healthy behaviors.

From Dan Buettner’s book, The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer

—Terry Freed RN


Contact Faith Community Nurses Terry Freed, Lori Neptun, or Wendy Neptun at

Reformation Day Blood Drive

Mountain View Lutheran Church hosts its annual Reformation Blood Drive on Sunday 29 October 2017 (Reformation Sunday) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Cascade Regional Blood Services Bloodmobile, which will be parked in the MVLC parking lot.

Sign up on the clipboard in the Gathering Space or email MVLC Communications Director Troy Kehm-Goins via email at

Walk-ins are welcome!

Before you donate, please be sure to eat well (a hearty breakfast!), drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids, and bring picture ID with you.

October Health News

Health Survey
Watch for it! The first Congregational Health Needs Survey will be presented to the MVLC congregation on Sunday 08 October,  following each service. Everyone age 13 and up will be provided a survey. We ask that you fill it out immediately following the worship service, without exiting. Completed surveys will be collected by a Faith Community Nurse or helper. Then, off to coffee you can go!

Your Health Ministry team needs your input to primarily gain key information from those we serve, the congregants, on what you perceive are your health needs—in body, mind, and spirit.

It is our hope, as your Health Ministry Team, to use the information we gather to look at programs we can tailor just for our congregation. Other Faith Community Nurses within Pierce and King County will administer this survey to their congregants. The information collected will help the Faith Community Nursing/Health Ministries Northwest look at the needs and how to support church health ministries teams in the work they do.

This survey is simple and short. You will not put your name on it. If you have individual concerns or questions, then please speak with one of the Faith Community Nurses directly. We will be happy to address your concerns and/or answer your questions.

We thank you so much for your participation!

New Memory Café in Puyallup
Memory Cafés are regular gatherings of individuals with memory loss along with their care-partners, friends, and/or family. Enjoy old friends and make new ones. Light meals can be purchased, and there is also entertainment and conversation. The Memory Cafés are held the third Wednesday of the month from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at Mrs. Turner’s Restaurant, 701 E. Main Street in Puyallup. Contact Linda McCone at 253-722-5691 for more information.

Life-Limiting Illness Support Group
Legacy of Love hosts a support group for individuals with a life-limiting illness. The primary purpose of the group is to provide social and emotional support to its members by providing a safe and supportive environment where member can share feelings and experiences with others. These meetings are held from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. the first Friday of every month at Rainier Hematology Oncology, 2920 S. Meridian, #100 in Puyallup. To RSVP or for more information, then please contact Melissa Jenkins, RN at 253-306-1394.

New Series of Zoo Walks
The Zoo Walk offers individuals experiencing mild memory loss an opportunity for regular exercise and a space to build relationships. No charge for Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium entry. Participants pay for their own snacks at the café. Pre-registration is required. Call the Early Stage Memory Loss Coordinator at 206-529-3872.

October is Depression Awareness Month
Exercise, socialize, talk about your feelings, and ask for help! We are bombarded with stress and sadness. Some days we want to shut the world out. If depression is a concern for you, then please ask for help. Make an appointment with your doctor or share your concerns with a Faith Community Nurse. We care! No one needs to suffer with depression. Resources can help!

Donate Blood
The Cascade Regional Blood Services Bloodmobile is coming to Mountain View Lutheran Church on Sunday 29 October 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Get the date on your calendar. Lets give the gift of life to those who need it!

Flu Shot
Get your flu shot! October is the prime time to get one. If anyone has questions, concerns, or doesn’t know where to access a flu shot clinic, the please ask a Faith Community Nurse.

Office Hours
Faith Community Nurse office hours have not been utilized as hoped. I will suspend them for now but am always available to meet at the church, your home, e-mail or phone. Please contact me at anytime. We can make an arrangement together. Thank you.

—Terry Freed RN


Contact Faith Community Nurses Terry Freed, Lori Neptun, or Wendy Neptun at

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