Parish Nurse Program

Parish nursing is the intentional integration of the practice of nursing with the beliefs of a religious community.  A parish nurse is a registered nurse (RN) specialist who encourages physical and spiritual health and wholeness by developing and leading programs with faith communities.  Good Shepherd is in the developmental stages of this program and has provided Blood Pressure Checks the first Sunday of each month and educational handouts covering general health for all ages and disease-specific health issues.

blood-pressure-checkEach month they share a health topic whether it be exercise, diet or illnesses.  This month the focus is on biking safety and they are hosting and even event on August 23.

Let’s get biking!!!  The saying goes, you never forget how to ride a bike…so hop on a 2- or 3- wheel bike and get riding! There are many health benefits, not only physical but also psychological, to biking.

All ages are invited to a session on biking presented by Joe Schacherer at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Joe will be explaining benefits of different types of bicycles and will be bringing recumbent bikes for demonstration.


Some Safety Rules when biking:

Get acquainted with traffic laws; cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists

  • Know your bike’s capabilities
  • Ride single-file in the direction of traffic, and watch for opening car doors and other hazards
  • Use hand signals when turning and use extra care at intersections
  • Never hitch onto cars
  • Before entering traffic, stop and look left, right, left again and over your shoulder
  • Wear bright clothing and ride during the day
  • If night riding can’t be avoided, wear reflective clothing
  • Make sure the bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals and spokes
  • A horn or bell and a rear-view mirror, as well as a bright headlight, also is recommended

Cyclists who wear a helmet reduce their risk of head injury by an estimated 60% and brain injury by 58%. That statistic makes sense when you consider the first body part to fly forward in a collision is usually the head, and with nothing but skin and bone to protect the brain, the results can be fatal.1

Other tips: Wear a helmet to protect your head; don’t use clips to keep your feet on the pedals, which can make injuries worse if you fall; don’t ride alone; stick to bike paths instead of riding in the street; stay hydrated before, during, and after your ride; and use sunscreen and sunglasses.2

Main physical benefits to biking:

  1. It’seasy on the joints making it especially good for anyone with joint pain or age-related stiffness.
  2. Pushing pedals provides an aerobic workout which is great for your heart, brain, and blood vessels.
  3. Cycling builds muscle in the buttocks, thighs, calves, hips, abdomen, arms, and shoulders.
  4. It helps with everyday activities helping with balance, walking, standing, endurance, and stair climbing.
  5. Pedaling builds bone, increasing bone density.2


1; National Safety Council

2; Harvard Medical School