Promise's Piece
February 2014
 "Heart Health Month" 
It's HEART Health Month
     An article in the Huffington Post recently posted an article about this years biggest heart health studies. Check out the summary and these staggering statistics! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,200 people die every DAY because of stroke and heart disease. Even though genetics play a large factor, there are things we can do to prevent strokes and heart disease.
STAY POSITIVE: A study in the American Journal of Cardiology showed that having a happy temperament and a cheerful attitude could actually help you prevent heart attacks. 
AVOID PROCESSED MEATS:  A study published in the journal BMC Medicine showed an association between processed meat and the increased risk of cancer and heart disease. They estimated approximately 3.3% deaths could be prevented by limiting processed meat consumption to less than 20 grams per day.
DON'T SKIP BREAKFAST:  A Harvard study showed the association between eating breakfast every day and a lower risk of heart disease.
A study done by Nature Medicine showed that the nutrient l-carnitine, found in red meat, may be the link between red meat and the development of heart disease in humans. 
Before, it was believed that people that smoked fewer than 3 packs of cigarettes a day for 10 years would take 15 years of no smoking to reduce the risk of heart disease to that of a non-smoker. Now that number has decreased to only eight years of no smoking to get back to the risks of a non-smoker.
COLD: The European Society of Cardiology Congress showed that cold, both the season winter and the temperature, may raise heart risks. 
WALK: A study showed that walking can help lower blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes risks at a similar level to running if the same amount of energy is consumed.
DON'T STRESS: In a study published in the journal, Archives of Internal Medicine, it showed that there is an association between stress and heart attacks.

Dental Outreach
We want to reach more dental patients this month! Spread the word to come visit this talented group of dental professionals!

Monday : 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday : 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday : 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Additional Opportunities

Second Tuesday of every month from 1pm-5pm
Basic Dental Exam

Wishing you and your family a month full of love, happiness, and good health! 

Promise Community Health Center


Toddlers 2 and under can come in for their dental exam from 1pm-5pm on 
February 11, 2014
Wellness on Wheels
Mark your calendars for WOW4!
June 7, 2014
Make Your Heart Happy:
 Tips for YOU
#1: Stop smoking.
#2: Focus on your weight. Carrying too much weight is bad for your heart.
#3: Knit, Sew, Crochet, or do a puzzle to ease your mind.
#4: Eat salsa and low-fat chips for lots of antioxidants.
#5: Eat fish high in omega-3 fatty acids to reduce your risk of heart disease by a third!
 #6: Stretching can reduce stress. Try that yoga class you've been meaning to sign up for!
#7: Try and limit your salt intake to half of a teaspoon per day. 
#8: Don't skip regular check-ups to check your blood pressure, triglycerides, blood sugar, etc.
#9: Dark chocolate is good for you!
Faith CRC, Sioux Center, Partners in Baby Bundle Project!
The Sunday School Classes of Faith Christian Reformed Church, here in Sioux Center, have partnered up with Promise for the semester! They are raising money for our Baby Bundles project, to help families have all the supplies they need to care for their newborn babies. Their goal is to "fill up the crib" as they count the number of Baby Bundles they are able to give to the community!
Baby Bundles is an effort to ensure each of our newborns is supplied with the basic, necessary items needed to grow and develop to be healthy babies. 
We have seen how vital it is for every family to feel prepared to provide nurturing care for their new little one! With this project, each expectant mother seen at the Health Center is provided with a Baby Bundle, prior to her delivery. This bundle includes a onesies, a sleeper, some newborn diapers, a baby blanket, some baby wipes, diaper cream, etc. These basic supplies will provide support to families from all backgrounds.

Faith CRC is not the only one helping--thank you to all of the individuals and groups that have donated to this effort as well! Each item donated is a blessing to the individuals we serve. 
If you want to join in the project, just contact Brittany at, for more information.