March Health Topics

Good morning Tindley Temple Family,

Ecclesiastes 3: 1- There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

It is March, not only the beginning of a new month but the start of transition: it is the transition from winter to spring. The calendar says that this year the first day of spring is Thursday, March 19th. During the weeks before spring begins and the weeks after it starts, we see a shift in the weather. There are more days with higher temperatures and more hours of daylight. Even if there is snow it seems that it melts faster. It is also very windy. Why is that?

The fact is, March is also the windiest month of the year. It is caused by the increase in atmospheric instability as a result of the increase in strong sunshine. This strong sunshine heats the earth’s surface and because warm air is lighter than cold air, the warm air rises causing the cold air to be pushed away. This is what causes the wind. While these are the reasons, all I know is that it is very windy.

What season is this in your life? What are the things that you are transitioning toward? Are you in a season of harvesting “seeds of health” that you have planted over the winter months or have you been hibernating a bit because of the cold weather? What shifts have you seen come about because you have planted seeds and are working to the harvest. If you remember a few months ago I explained that you can start planting “seeds of health” anytime. I encourage you to start now if you have not started yet. In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up”. More importantly- Galatians 6:9 says: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”.

The month of March is also National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, National Kidney Month, National Sleep Awareness Month (Why is sleep so important?), Save Your Vision Month, American Diabetes Alert Day, and Brain Awareness Week. Please check out the Health Table for information on these and other “seeds of health” topics.

One more very important topic worth learning about is the “Coronavirus”. It has been on the news for many weeks now and has caused a great deal of fear and concern for those who have traveled to China recently. Last week there were reports that this virus is also expected to occur in the United States. What is the coronavirus? It is a respiratory illness (an illness that affects the lungs) that can spread from person to person. Some of the diseases caused by the COVID-19 virus are highly contagious and others are less so. A severe complication from the virus is pneumonia in both lungs. There is no vaccine against or treatment for it currently. To date, there have been 14 people in the US who have been diagnosed with it.

There is more information on the health table about this disease and some of the things that you can do to protect yourself against the coronavirus as well as other diseases and infections. Remember it is still flu season, too. Please cover your cough/sneeze and wash your hands.


Many blessings of health, healing, and wholeness blow on you and your family always

Alicia E. Parker, FCN, RN-BC, M.Div., CT, Health Minister

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