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Colds, Flu… And What You Need To Do!

Posted by on 3:53 am in Health Facts, Newsroom | 3 comments

by NCPS Staff Stuffy heads, achy bones, fevers, chills, coughs and sneezing. Yes, cold and flu season will be upon us in no time. In spite of some of the best and most precautionary measures you can take, realistically many of us will experience “cold or flu-like” symptoms before the flu season is over. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to cold viruses. And during these tough economic times, the need to self-diagnose and self-medicate increases. However due to the risk of Reye’s syndrome, it is not...

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Heart Truth: Holiday Alcohol And Your Health

Posted by on 7:06 am in Heart Truth Corner | 11 comments

The 2008-2009 holiday season has officially gotten underway. Beginning with Thanksgiving, and all the way through Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day, the 2009 Inaugural festivities of President-elect Barack Obama, and Super Bowl celebrations, many Americans will be surrounded by alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, and a variety of whiskeys, during this season. The best advice is ‘if you don’t drink, then don’t start’, as the temptation to over consume...

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Heart Truth Corner: Walking Your Way To A Healthy Heart

Posted by on 7:03 am in Heart Truth Corner | 1 comment

Walking is by far one of the easiest, and cost effective ways to increase your physical activity and improve your health. Pastors’ spouses and parishioner participants in NCPS’ Atlanta Heart Truth pilot are witnessing incredible results using this secret weapon: ‘walking and drinking water’. In addition to reports of weight loss and body mass index reductions, church- goers in the pilot program have become more aware of how walking can help reduce cardiovascular risks. Merely walking four days per week has been shown...

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Heart Truth Corner: NCPS Focuses Matters of the Heart

Posted by on 7:14 am in Heart Truth Corner | 6 comments

Since 1963, February has been recognized as American Heart Month. Every year since then the President has issued a proclamation to this effect, to help raise public awareness of heart disease. Pastors’ spouses are out front leading the charge– exclaiming that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in women…but also that heart disease is the most preventable cause of death. Churches involved in NCPS’ Atlanta Heart Truth pilot continue championing this effort. Thanks to funding from the National...

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Heart Truth Corner: Pastors’ Spouses To Attend 2008 Red Dress Gala in New York

Posted by on 7:11 am in Heart Truth Corner | 12 comments

It’s official! Pastors’ spouses from the National Coalition of Pastors’ Spouses (NCPS) Heart Truth pilot in Atlanta will attend the Red Dress Gala in New York City on February 1, 2008, when the Heart Truth returns to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for its annual Red Dress Collection fashion show on National Wear Red Day. The campaign’s partnership with the fashion industry continues as top designers and celebrities converge on one runway to debut red dresses created to raise awareness about heart disease, the #1 killer of...

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UPDATE: NCPS’ Atlanta Heart Truth Pilot

Posted by on 7:07 am in Heart Truth Corner | 4 comments

The National Coalition of Pastors’ Spouses’ (NCPS) recently kicked off its Atlanta Heart Truth 1-year pilot! As part of an NIH (National Institutes of Health) and NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute) grant, pastors’ wives from several Atlanta church/ministries have committed to draft a national heart health template specific to people of color in faith communities. The excitement and enthusiasm are mounting as approximately 100 parishioners from the various Atlanta churches have signed up to participate in the pilot. Armed with the...

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Heart Truth Corner: Get To Stepping To Improve Your Health

Posted by on 6:54 am in Heart Truth Corner | 7 comments

The National Coalition of Pastors’ Spouses recognizes that while modern conveniences are making our lives more simple, these same conveniences are contributing to increased health risks and disease in our bodies. Conveniences such as taking the elevator instead of the stairs; driving the car two blocks instead of walking or bicycling; using the remote control instead of getting up changing the television channels are increasing our risks of heart attacks, diabetes, and possibly stroke. Please take a few minutes to answer the following...

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Heart Truth Corner: Our Kids Are Too Fat…

Posted by on 7:09 am in Heart Truth Corner | 23 comments

Looming on the horizon are major health challenges that will face today’s youth. These health concerns can be directly linked to not eating properly. Poor eating habits are a leading contributor to heart disease and many other illnesses that will disproportionately affect today’s teens (13-19), t’weens (9-12), and young adults (20+) in the not-too-distant future. More and more African-American youth and young adults are overweight because of their lifestyles: frequent fast-food eaters, engage in little or no exercise, and eating an unhealthy...

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Health Facts You Need to Know

Posted by on 6:42 am in Health Facts | 15 comments

Health Facts You Need to Know

Many debilitating, life-threatening diseases which include: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high-blood pressure and Acquired Immune Deficiency, disproportionately plague African American communities across this nation. Statistics show that nearly twice as many African American women in the U.S. die of heart disease and stroke each year as from all forms of cancer.  In 1998, coronary heart disease death rates for women were 73.8 for African Americans compared to 57.2 for American Indians/Alaskans, 42.9 for Asian/Pacific Islanders, and 54.7...

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