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Neighbor 2 Neighbor Program

Neighbor 2 Neighbor Program: 843-839-0702

Provides services to clients aged 21 and above. Clients are screened and approved.
Clients age 60 and above – Volunteers provide transportation to medical appointments or grocery stores, make wellness calls, and delivery food pantry items to clients’ homes. Clients age 21-59 – Volunteers provide transportation to medical appointments.

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Bone Health: Tips to keep your bones healthy

Keeping your bones healthy is easier than you think. Bones provide structure, protect organs, anchor muscles and store calcium. Your bones are continuously changing — new bone is made and old bone is broken down. When you’re young, your body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone, and your bone mass increases but as you age you lose slightly more bone mass than you gain.

Factors that may affect bone health include:

  • Amount of calcium in your diet. A diet low in calcium contributes to diminished bone density, early bone loss and an increased risk of fractures.
  • Physical activity. People who are physically inactive have a higher risk for weaker bones (osteoporosis) than do more-active people.
  • Tobacco and alcohol use. Research suggests tobacco use contributes to weak bones and regularly having more than one alcoholic drink a day for women or 2 alcoholic drinks a day for men may increase the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Gender. You’re at greater risk of osteoporosis if you’re a woman, because women have less bone mass than do men.
  • Size. You’re at risk if you are extremely thin (with a body mass index of 19 or less) or have a small body frame because you have less bone mass to draw from.
  • Age. Bones become thinner and weaker as you age.
  • Race and family history. You’re at greatest risk of osteoporosis if you’re white or of Asian descent. Having a parent or sibling who has osteoporosis puts you at greater risk especially if you also have a family history of fractures.
  • Hormone levels. Too much thyroid hormone can cause bone loss. In women, bone loss increases dramatically at menopause due to dropping estrogen levels. In men, low testosterone levels can cause a loss of bone mass.
  • Eating disorders and other conditions. People who have anorexia or bulimia are at risk of bone loss.
  • Certain medications. Long-term use of corticosteroid medications, such as prednisone, cortisone, prednisolone and dexamethasone, is damaging to bone.

What You Can Do to Keep Your Bones Healthy?

  • Include plenty of calcium in your diet: Good sources include dairy products, almonds, broccoli, kale, canned salmon with bones, sardines and soy products, such as tofu.
  • Get Your vitamin D: Our body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Good sources include oily fish, such as salmon, trout, whitefish and tuna. Additionally, mushrooms, eggs, milk and cereals. Sunlight also contributes to the body’s production of vitamin D.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine: Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, and climbing stairs, can help you build strong bones and slow bone loss.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Avoid excess alcohol: Women should have no more than 1 drink each day and men no more than two drinks a day.

Know the Facts About Covid-19

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The COVID-19 virus affects different people in different ways. Infected people have a wide
 ange of symptoms including:

  1. No symptoms
  2. Fever or chills
  3. Cough
  4. Shortness of breath of difficulty breathing
  5.  New loss of taste or smell
  6.  Sore throat

For many people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from this virus is thought to be low. However, some people have an increased risk for more serious complications due to prior health issues. That’s why it is so important everyone follows these simple steps.

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, sneezing, going to the bathroom and eating or preparing food.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you’re sick.
  4. Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) from other individuals.
  5. Wear a face covering if you are unable to maintain social distancing.
  6. Minimize the number of trips to the grocery store/etc. to lessen possible exposure.
  7. Avoid groups of more than 10 people (ideally) but no more than 25 people.
  8. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your heath care
    provider to discuss whether you need to be tested.
  9. If you have travelled to states that are having high rates of this disease, or have
    family/friends visiting from these states, you should self-quarantine for 14 days.

Since some people infected with COVID-19 do not show any symptoms, you don’t
necessarily know if you’ve been exposed. SO DO IT FOR YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY AND OTHERS!

May we, like our patron, St. Brendan, trust joyfully in the guidance of our God and in the goodness of our fellow travelers.