Westminster Presbyterian Church

1700 Crescent Drive

Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 352-3387


Rev. Dr. Laura Aull Johnston, Pastor



Role of the Parish Nurse

Westminster was recently fortunate to have one of our congregation members, Bonnie Briscoe, decide to become a parish nurse.


March, 2005

Hello, I would like to let our parish know that I am taking a Parish Nurse course and plan to become Westminster's Parish Nurse in the near future.  The role of the Parish Nurse includes: integrating faith and health to focus on total wellness, being a health educator and counselor, being a referral advisor, and being a health advocate.  Each month I hope to bring information to you regarding wellness.  I also hope to be a resource person for general questions you may have about your health and wellness progress.  I will be available before and after church for questions, and on weeknights between 7 and 8 pm.  Please, no late night or early morning calls, as I am not my total self at those times (Dave can attest to that; just ask him ☺)


I hope I can encourage our parish to obtain the fullest form of wellness possible for their bodies, minds, and spirits!


Wellness to you,

Bonnie Briscoe


Notes from the Parish Nurse

Current Note

June is National Men's Health Month!  What better time is there to talk about men's health than the month of Father's Day?  Every day we can rejoice in our Lord and Redeemer, who took our place so that we "may have life and live it to the fullest" (John 10:10).  So, what can you do to live life to the fullest?


TAKE CONTROL OF THE WHEEL  Some important recommendations are:

  • Stop smoking

  • Reduce your intake of red meat

  • Lose weight

  • Lower your stress level

  • Take an aspirin a day to lower your vascular risk

  • Exercise -- not just your body, but your mind as well

I couldn't talk about men's health without talking about Prostate Cancer.  What can you do to protect yourself from this disease?  First, look at your diet.  Diets high in calories, fat, and animal products have been shown to be highly associated with deaths from prostate cancer.  On the other hand, diets rich in grains, cereals, soybeans, nuts, and fish seem to offer some protection against this killer (especially soybeans).  So eat a diet high in plant-based foods (including fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains), and low in animal products.  It is also important to balance your calorie intake with some physical activity.  Recent research indicates that the nutrient selenium may offer protection against prostate cancer, so including sources of selenium, such as whole grains and seeds, in your diet is also a good idea.


Secondly, see your doctor.  All men over the age of 40 should have a physician examine their prostate as part of their annual physical.  After age 50, many doctors recommend also having a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test each year.  You should also see your doctor as soon as possible if you experience changes in urination or any unusual discomfort as these are common symptoms of prostate problems.


Most importantly, treat your body well: it's the vehicle that is going to get you down the road of life.  If you treat your body like should your car and keep up with the upkeep, you should be able to get in the 100,000 miles it is supposed to go.


Past Notes

Relay for Life (May 2005)

Vial of Life (April 2005)



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