Monthly Resources and Information

February 26-March 4 is Eating Disorders Awareness Week

The National Eating Disorders Awareness website (NEDA’s) has great information for you to highlight this awareness week in your house of worship. “Building off last year’s success and continued relevance, we want you to Come as You Are again for NEDAwareness Week 2020! From February 24th to March 1st, we encourage our community to embrace this year’s theme, Come as You Are: Hindsight is 20/20, by reflecting on the positive steps they’ve taken — including those stemming from setbacks or challenges — toward accepting themselves and others.” These pages are available when you use the link above:

  • Get Screened: this short screening – appropriate for ages 13 and up – can help determine if it’s time to seek professional help
  • Collaborate with Us! – NEDAwareness Week is a collective effort of organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness of eating disorders
  • Let’s Get Social – Join the conversation about food, body image, and exercise issues on social media
  • Sample Messages
  • Also check out their Help & Support page for Helpline information, finding treatment, and more…

Additional Website Resources

Faith-Based Resources for Families Experiencing Mental Illness

On November 12, 2019 I attended a webinar hosted by HHS Partnership Center on Navigating the Holiday Season: A Roadmap for Supporting Families Experiencing Mental Illness. In this webinar they focused on faith-based resources for faith communities who want to serve families struggling with mental illness and resources for the families themselves.

I would like to provide those resources here:

  • Key Ministry – this website promotes meaningful connection between churches and families of kids with disabilities for the purpose of making disciples of Christ. This include families who have children dealing with mental health issues. They have resources for families, for churches, on mental health and the church, and two blogs church4everychild & special needs parenting.
  • Key Ministry – Not Alone Parents Facebook page: Where parents can be real, refreshed, & reminded they are not alone as they raise kids with special needs. Connecting churches and families impacted by disability for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus.
  • Different Dream Living – This website began in 2009 as a gathering place for parents of children with special needs and disabilities. It has expanded to include those caring for loved ones of all ages. If you’re a caregiver, it offers resources to equip you to be a confident advocate and encouragement when you need a boost. This site has resources, a blog, and more.

Provided by Michelle Randall, Program Coordinator, Health Ministries Program of Premier Health.

Administration Policy Falls Short of What is Necessary to Stem the Youth E-Cigarette Epidemic

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the American Heart Association both released press releases (see links) in January about the policy pitfalls. Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, states in the press release “Media reports of the Trump administration’s soon-to-be-released response to the skyrocketing rates of youth e-cigarette use indicate that the administration policy will fall well short of what is necessary to address this growing epidemic. By allowing menthol flavors and flavored liquid nicotine used in open tank systems to remain on the market, the administration would leave a wide pathway for continued e-cigarette use among our nation’s children.

Such a policy would represent a big win for JUUL and other e-cigarette companies that have waged million-dollar marketing campaigns to addict kids to nicotine, an addictive drug that rewires the developing brain and poses significant health risks. The policy also would be a victory for vape shops over the interests of children. Kids currently using e-cigarettes or thinking about taking up the habit could simply transition to menthol products or open tank systems if they are left on the market.”

Key points to know about the policy:

  • The policy will leave menthol e-cigarettes on the market. Menthol tobacco products are uniquely appealing to youth.
  • Exempting menthol will protect JUUL, the company that created the youth e-cigarette epidemic.
  • Thousands of kid-friendly e-liquids will continue to be widely available.
  • The policy will exempt new refillable pod systems like Suorin and SMOK that are becoming increasingly popular among kids.
  • The policy will protect vape shops, which are a popular source for youth users.
  • There is no credible evidence that flavored e-cigarettes help adults quit.

Additional update: The new e-cigarette policy is now in the legislature, and these strategies are being suggested by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids:

  • End sales of all flavored e-cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products
  • Restrict e-cigarette marketing
  • Prohibit online sales of most tobacco products and
  • Require graphic health warnings on cigarette packs

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill in the coming weeks. Tell your representative to cosponsor the HR 2339 to stop the tobacco industry from targeting kids with flavored products! 

(Points provided by Bruce Barcelo, Program Coordinator from the Prevention and Early Detection Division of Montgomery County ADAMHS)

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 3/20 to 4/5

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) will take place Monday, March 30 to Sunday April 5, 2020. These events are hosted by schools, local nonprofits, other community-based organizations, state and local health departments, faith-based organizations, afterschool clubs and more!

The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens has created five steps for hosting a successful NDAFW event.  To see all the steps, visit their website.

Great Recipes: Apple Bread Pudding and Slow Cooker Harvest Beef Stew

I hope you enjoy the two recipes highlighted this month. They will warm your heart as well as your belly.

Apple Bread Pudding

Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts per serving

  • Calories: 131
  • Fat: 1.2g
  • Sodium: 154mg
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 5g

Slow Cooker Harvest Beef Stew

Serves: 6

Nutrition Facts per serving

  • Calories: 311
  • Fat: 4.2g
  • Sodium: 211mg
  • Fiber: 6.9g
  • Protein: 24g

Contact Us

The health ministries program is honored to be serving faith communities in Southwest Ohio for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their congregations. To learn more about how we can assist your faith community, contact us.

Michelle Randall, Program Coordinator
1046 Brown St. (Catholic Social Services building, second floor)
Dayton, Ohio 45409
Phone: (937) 227-9454(937) 227-9454
Fax: (937) 341-8838

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We are often out in the community at meetings and working with faith communities. If you want to stop by the office, we recommend that you call or email first.