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Preparing for the SNOW!!!

Are you ready to shovel snow??? Shoveling snow isn’t just a routine chore. So before you shovel, follow the tips from the National Safety Council:

  • Do not shovel after eating or while smoking.
  • Take it slow and stretch out before you begin.
  • Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it’s lighter.
  • Push the snow rather than lifting it. If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel. Lift with your legs, not your back.
  • Do not work to the point of exhaustion. Don’t pick up that shovel without a doctor’s permission if you have a history of heart

If you feel tightness in the chest or dizziness, stop immediately.
Other shoveling safety tips from include:

  • Take frequent breaks and pay attention to how your body feels.
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal just before or soon after shoveling. This can put a heavy load on your heart.
  • Learn the heart attack warning signs for men and women and listen to your body.

Remember this: Even if you are not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out by telling a doctor about your symptoms. Minutes matter! Call 911.
(National Safety Council and

in Faith

Come Light a Candle

MSHA Homecare and Hospice is offering free caregiver training to help you feel equipped to help care for your loved one at home. Topics include Personal care demonstration, Medical equipment instruction, Self-care, and much more!

The first session date is December 12 and meets from 12:30 - 2:30 pm.
Location: MSHA Homecare and Hospice
509 Med Tech Parkway
Johnson City, TN

Come Light a Candle
Christmas can be a hard time if you have lost a loved one. It may be your first Christmas without your parent, spouse, child, brother, sister, or friend. I know it will be our first Christmas without John’s sister. I’m already wondering what it will be like without her coming to our house from Nashville for Christmas, going to the candlelight service and then home for dinner and opening presents. But then I remember she will be having her first Christmas with our Lord! How great that will be for her! And to know that we will all be together one day makes this year a great Christmas! One way to remember our loved ones at Christmas is by lighting a candle in their memory. Please come by the Parish Nurse Display and light a candle in memory of your loved one on Sunday, Dec. 17 and Dec. 24.

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