Monthly Resources and Information

February is American Heart Month

February is Heart Month and the American Heart Association has several resources you can use to promote a healthy heart to your congregation and/or community. If you visit the link above, you can find topics on Healthy Living and specific Health Topics related to heart health.

Healthy Living Tab (hover over the tab to see these topics and more):

  • Health Eating
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Fitness

Health Topics Tab (hover over this tab to see these topics and more):

  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Stroke
  • Arrythmia
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Heart Attack
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Heart Failure

Check out these additional toolkits that promote stroke prevention and healthy eating:

  • Power Sunday Toolkit  – build a healthy church by involving them in spreading the word about stroke awareness through Power Sunday.
  • Healthy Community Food and Beverage Toolkit – created to help communities and organizations improve their food environment and promote a culture of health.
  • Family Reunion Toolkit – Includes Power to End Stroke Campaign that was designed for the African American community to be used during this time of family and fellowship to also focus on empowering African Americans to recognize their increased risk for stroke and to take charge of their health to prevent stroke.
  • Fruit and Veggie Toolkit for Kids – Parents and caregivers are essential decision-makers when it comes to the nutrition, physical activity and health needs of their children. This toolkit is a collection of resources that will anyone empower child(ren) to develop healthy habits early in life.
  • Youth Stroke Toolkit – Stroke is the No. 5 killer of all Americans. These resources can help children of all ages learn how to prevent a stroke by knowing the signs and symptoms and what to do in an emergency.

You can also visit for a general toolkit for heart month!

Additional Toolkits for February – April 2019

To see additional health topics, visit

Recipes: Butternut Squash Soup & Fish Tacos with Broccoli Slaw

This month you can warm up with a great winter soup and experience a twist on tacos that is all the rage. Expand your palate and plan to try these soon. 

Butternut Squash Soup

Servings: 6
Serving size: 1 cup

Nutrition Facts per serving
Calories: 64
Sat. Fat: 0.0g
Tot. Fat: 1.5g
Sodium: 126mg
Fiber: 2g
Protein: 2g

Fish Tacos with Broccoli Slaw

Serves: 4
Serving size: 3 ounces of fish, ¼ C slaw, & 1 tortilla

Nutrition Facts per serving
Calories: 158
Sat. Fat: 0.5g
Tot. Fat: 4.0g
Sodium: 205mg
Fiber: 3g
Protein: 20g

Alive To Thrive: Suicide Prevention tool from Focus on the Family

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among teenagers and is not something that should be ignored. Check out this resource to see if might be of value for your faith community and/or youth program.

Alive To Thrive is a program through Focus on the Family and includes Six Parts:

  • Part One – preparing your children for healthy living
  • Part Two, Part Three, Part Four – explain the key issues that can set your child or teen on a trajectory toward suicidal thoughts and actions
  • Part Five – describes the major behavioral issues that are red-flag warning signs of potential suicidal tendencies
  • Part Six – discusses signs that your child may be suicidal, what to do when you suspect this, and how to respond when suicide occurs

The website also includes:

  • Finding a Counselor – where you can connect to vetted counselors in your area that are part of Focus on the Family’s Christian Counselors Network
  • Responding to a Mental Health Emergency – directs you to call 911 or to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline