Established in 2015, the mission of the Saint Catherine Labouré Health and Wellness Ministry is to be a healing ministry that responds to the health and wellness needs of church members through a holistic approach – body, mind and spirit – as directed by Jesus  Christ, the Divine Physician.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS
Our ministry advocates health awareness throughout the parish, offering Monthly Blood Pressure Screenings after Mass on the fourth Sunday of every month.

HEALTH HELPERS
Help us obtain our goal to establish a weekly rotation of “Health Helpers” to be available at Mass should a medical emergency arise.   Contact us  – we’re always looking for parishioners with medical backgrounds to offer their expertise.  

CPR
You Can Save the Life of a family member, friend or stranger by knowing CPR. CPR classes are offered in the community and online. We encourage you to explore the following web sites for these educational courses through the American Heart Association  or the American Red Cross.   AHA online courses are available at https://www.onlineaha.org 

TOPIC OF THE MONTH

Medical Alert

A medical alert bracelet/tag can save your life?  Your critical medical data can be available to medical personnel or law-enforcement agents through the access of an ID number on the back of a tag. A medical alert identification tag is a small emblem or tag worn on a bracelet, neck chain, or on clothing bearing a message that the wearer has an important medical condition that might require immediate attention.

The following are good reasons to wear a medical ID:

  • Food, Drug or Insect allergies.
  • Cardiac problems (angina, arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, pacemakers)
  • Pulmonary Conditions (Asthma/COPD)
  • Kidney Failure.
  • Diabetes
  • Blood disorders.
  • Alzheimer’s/Memory Impairment.
  • Blood thinners/ Anticoagulants

Here are some chronic conditions for which people often wear medical ID jewelry:

  • Alzheimer’s.
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Celiac Disease.
  • Bleeding Disorders.

Many products and variations are available. The cost of a basic Medical Alert Bracelet ranges from $20.00 to $50.00. Health insurance plans may reimburse you for the purchase of your medical ID. When visiting your health care provider ask for a prescription for your Medical ID jewelry based on your medical condition. While most plans include medical alert IDs, you may want to verify with your own plan to confirm coverage.

For more information you can call the Medic Alert Foundation at 1-800-432-5318 or visit www.medicAlert.org.