Faith Community Nurse

Karen Lickteig, RN
The Faith Community Nurse is a registered nurse (RN) committed to the healing mission of the Evangelical Free Church of Green Valley. As a member of the congregation, the faith community nurse focuses on health promotion, disease prevention and the holistic needs of body, mind and spirit. She works with the pastoral staff to identify and respond to the health and health related needs of the congregation.
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Weekly Office Schedule

Monday, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
(except when church office is closed)
Anyone is welcome to come in for a free blood pressure check or to talk about health issues and the available resources to get the proper services for your needs. You may also call Karen at 404-6534, with questions or concerns. Stop by the Faith Community Nurse Bulletin board in the Fellowship Center hallway of our church for printed information on health issues and announcement details of community events.
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Community Classes

 
Orange Fruit Banner Widget
 
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Three Mistakes You’re Making With Your Eating
 

#1: Eating a Predominantly Carb Based Breakfast 

Carbs spike our blood sugar the most and then we need more insulin. It drops off quickly causing us to feel tired and hungry again in a couple of hours. Fat on the other hand takes a lot of energy to breakdown and use, so it spikes our blood sugar the least. Protein falls in between the two.
 
Eat a breakfast with protein (eggs, meat, fish; healthy fats as olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, and some fatty meats (as bacon), vegs and fruit.
 
Avoid bagels, toast with jam, granola, cookies, scones, muffins and cereal.

#2: Avoiding Healthy Fats

Don’t avoid good fats.
 
Fat gives stable long-lasting energy and satiety without spiking your blood sugar.
 
Not all fats are good for you. Avoid these fats:  vegetable oil, canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, any fat that is hydrogenated and causes oxidative stress to our bodies (as heart disease, stroke, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and some cancers.)
 
Eat good fats as nuts (walnuts, almonds, and pistachios), olive oil, olives, avocados, flaxseed, salmon, tuna, trout, and dark chocolate.
 
Do not buy foods that are marketed as fat-free. When fat is removed generally sugar and carbs are added to make it palpable (like low or fat-free milk).
 

#3: Drinking Smoothies in Place of Food 

When you take away the flesh of a fruit and vegetable and make it into a liquid you lose the fiber. Fiber is a blood glucose buffer; your setting up for a blood sugar spike. Eat solid food at mealtime and drink a smoothie when feeling a blood sugar low or looking for a healthy sweet treat.
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 Medical Conditions – Info

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Resource Links – Reference Info

 
Valley Assistance Services
Community Connect by Posada Life
Pima Council on Aging
Vacation Bible School Web Banner

Christians Helping Christians With Each Others Medical Care Costs

Did you know there are programs called Health Care Sharing (started by Christians) to pay each others Health Care costs? Christians are helping each other with Health Care needs through prayer, encouragement and easing financial burdens. There is a monthly fee based on your situation. They also have supplement plans for Medicare users. Click on the website links to the right for further information.
Christian Healthcare
Samaritan Ministries
Christian Care Ministry
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When to Consult with Your Faith Community Nurse

        • Need support and information on health care issues for yourself and/or family members.
        • How to care for someone you love, including support services and prayer.
        • Needing support referrals.
        • Education on healthier living: Material handouts, CPR and First Aid Classes, upcoming community           classes.
        • Questions on filing out your Emergency Medical Card on file at the Church.
        • Need a listening ear and prayer partner.