Colds, Flu… And What You Need To Do!

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 recommended to give aspirin to children without your doctor’s approval.
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Vivian Berryhill talks about starting a movement in faith-based healthcare.

Heart Truth: Holiday Alcohol And Your Health

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. Read more »

Heart Truth Corner: Walking Your Way To A Healthy Heart

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. Read more »

Heart Truth Corner: NCPS Focuses Matters of the Heart

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. Read more »

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

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 women. Read more »

UPDATE: NCPS’ Atlanta Heart Truth Pilot

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. Read more »

Heart Truth Corner: Get To Stepping To Improve Your Health

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 “true or false” questions to increase your knowledge on walking and heart disease.

Check Your Physical Activity and Heart Disease I.Q.:

1.      Regular physical activities can reduce your chances of getting heart disease.  T or F

2. Most people get enough physical activity from their normal daily routine.  T or F

3. The older you are, the less active you need to be.  T or F

4. You should consult a doctor before starting a physical activity program.  T or F

5.      It doesn’t take a lot of money or costly equipment to become physically fit.  T or F

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Heart Truth Corner: Our Kids Are Too Fat…

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 diet at least 5 days a week. So what is the remedy?

Young people need to eat less and get involved more in exercise-driven activities on a regular basis. In addition to participating in sports or walking in the local mall or neighborhood, they could be washing the family car; mowing lawns; vacuuming and mopping floors; cleaning sinks, showers and tubs; ironing and other household chores, which are ideal ways for youth to burn calories.

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 for Hispanics. African Americans are 30  percent more likely to die each year from heart disease, with an average 80,000 deaths contributed to it.  In addition, 20,000 African Americans die yearly from stroke which is the third leading cause of death for all racial and ethnic groups.  Unfortunately, African Americans are 40 percent more likely to die of a stroke than whites.

African American women are less likely to receive adequate health care compared to African American and white men.   And when African American women do receive care it is more likely too late.  Consequently, African American women are less likely to receive adequate medical care, but more likely than whites to have increased risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, high
blood pressure and stroke.

High risk factors include overweight, hypertension, and smoking.

  • Approximately 69 percent of African American women between the ages of 20 and 74 years of age are overweight
  • 39 percent of African American women are obese
  • High blood pressure and smoking rates are higher among African American women than all other groups of women.
  • 20.8 percent of African American women smoke tobacco.
  • African American women are also more likely to have hypertension, which leads to stroke, kidney failure, and many other health problems.?