June 2022
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Sacred Heart Catholic School has been providing quality, nurturing environment to preschool through eighth grade students since 1953. We set high standards for our students to help them achieve their goals through our balanced curriculum that integrates faith, culture and life.

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are now open. Visit sheartschool.com to learn more or contact Delaney Sullivan at dsullivan@sheartschool.com with any questions.
Matter of the Mind: Why Your Mental Health Matters and How You Can Care for It

By Dr. Keshavpal Reddy, Medical Director of Behavioral Health

When you think about your health, what first comes to mind? For many – if not most – of us, it’s probably our physical health. Are we eating healthy? Are we exercising regularly? Are we feeling tired? Or ill? Do our joints ache? Have we scheduled our annual check-up?

All these questions are, of course, important ones to answer, but there’s another question we should be asking – another part of our health that deserves attention: how is our mental health?
Our mental health has a tremendous impact on our overall health and well-being. Our mental health includes our thoughts, emotions, feelings and moods. It influences our choices, actions and how we relate to others. Good mental health can help us cope with stress, succeed in our professional lives, more effectively recover from difficult situations and add value to our community and be our best self.

It’s important to understand that maintaining good mental health can often be a challenge. Mental health conditions are quite common. According to statistics published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness, and one in 20 adults experience serious mental illness. So, if you are struggling to maintain good mental health, you are definitely not alone. It’s important to know that it is ok to speak up and ask for help if you’re suffering from a mental health condition. The benefits of seeking professional help and treatment can make a positive difference in your overall health and quality of life.

In addition to professional care, click the button below to learn some steps you can take at home and in life to improve mental wellness:
Count on Us, Men

By Bradley Yeatts, FNP

It probably comes as no surprise that there are notable differences in the health of men compared to women. But when you take a closer look at the statistics outlining this health disparity, it can be quite alarming. For example, the average lifespan for men is about five years less than women, and there’s been a gradual increase in this gap over the years. Men are also twice as likely as women to die of a heart attack and significantly more likely to die of cancer. Not only that, but men are also less likely to undergo treatment for mental health conditions, becoming four times more likely than women to commit suicide.

Although these facts may seem dismal, they’re mainly due to one reason: women tend to prioritize their health more than men by taking proactive measures to stay healthy. In fact, when compared to women, men make about half as many doctor appointments for preventive care and screenings. But it’s important to remember that men’s health is not just a “man’s issue.” It is a family issue and can impact everyone around them, including their spouses, partners, mothers, daughters and sisters.

That’s why Men’s Health Month is observed nationally every June. It serves as a great opportunity for men to reevaluate their wellbeing and regain control of their health. It’s also a designated time for healthcare providers across the country to administer health screenings, share education and engage in community outreach activities that raise awareness about the unique health issues that affect men and boys.

In celebration of Men’s Health Month, click the button below to read some simple ways men can begin to improve their wellbeing and achieve a higher quality of life:
New Summer Hours

Enjoy lunch at Megabytes, the on-site café of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Summer hours are 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Guests will enjoy unique and healthy options, including a well-stocked fresh salad bar, pizza and sandwiches. Interesting twists on old favorites include a turkey wrap with avocado and red pepper hummus, or a ham and cheddar croissant with sweet pineapple Dijon. Snacks, including freshly baked cookies, are also available. Plus, Tuesday-Thursday Megabytes staff serve a hot buffet with a rotating menu. Visit www.ialr.org/megabytes to see the new menu, order online, or sign up for menu alerts.
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