Archive | February 2017

The Best Lent Ever

We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.

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heart monthThe American Heart Association has launched a new “Act in Time” campaign to  increase  people’s  awareness  of  heart  attack  and  stroke  and  the  importance  of  calling  9-1-1 immediately  at  the  onset  of  heart  attack  symptoms. Heart  attack  and  stroke  are  life-and-death  emergencies—every  second counts.

Today heart attack and stroke victims can benefit from new medications and
treatments.  But  to  be  effective,  these  drugs  must  be  given  relatively  quickly
after heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear. Coronary heart disease is
America’s No. 1 killer with Stroke being No. 3 and a leading cause of disability. That is why it is so important to reduce your risk factors, know the warning  signs  and  to  respond  quickly  when  warning  signs  occur.  Heart  Attack warning signs are sometimes sudden and intense but most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. People aren’t sure what is going on and delay getting help quickly.
Some warning signs for heart attack include chest discomfort in the center of
the chest that last for more than a few minutes, or that goes away and then
returns.  It  can  feel  like  an  uncomfortable  pressure,  squeezing,  fullness  or
pain. Other areas of the body that may experience pain or discomfort is one
or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath may occur
with or without chest discomfort;  other signs might include breaking out in a
cold  sweat,  nausea,  lightheadedness,  confusion,  indigestion,  weakness,
unusual fatigue, or fainting.
Signs  and  symptoms  of  stroke  include:  sudden  numbness  or  weakness  of
face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding may occur. One may experience trouble seeing  in  one  or  both  eyes,  trouble  walking,  and  dizziness,  loss  of  balance  or coordination, sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
IF  you  or  someone  you  are  with  experiences  any  of  these  symptoms,
especially  with  one  or  more  of  the  signs,  CALL  9-1-1  IMMEDIATELY.
That is the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment.

Also,  learn  CPR.  It  may  save  your  life  or  that  of  your  loved  one.  Please  remember  we  are  available  for  blood  pressure  screening  and  discussions  of any health concerns.

It’s been tough weather lately and we are inside more and isolated. So let’s
get together and get moving. We would like to do a walking DVD, in fr. Leonard Hall. It is for all ages and abilities. Basically, walking in place, some side steps,  kicks.  One  can  do  whatever  is  comfortable  for  them,  also,  can  hold onto a chair for balance if need be.
It will be a good way to socialize and move a little. We can use any morning
Monday-Wednesday and meet once a week. Please call us if interested, and
let us know what day is best for you and we will go with the majority.

Healthy Heart



Know  your  numbers.  High  Blood  Pressure  or  Hypertension  is  a  high  risk
factor.  Blood  is  carried  from  the  heart  to  all  parts  of  your  body  in  vessels
called  arteries.  Blood  pressure  is  the  force  of  the  blood  pushing  against  the
walls  of  your  arteries.  Your  blood  pressure  is  at  its  highest  when  the  heart
beats,  pumping  the  blood.  This  is  called  your  systolic  pressure  (this  is  the
first or top number in your blood pressure reading). When the heart is at rest,
(between  beats),  your  blood  pressure  falls.  This  is  called  the  diastolic  pres-
sure  (this  is  the  2nd  or  bottom  number).  High  Blood  Pressure  is  called  the
silent  killer  because  there  are  usually  no  symptoms  until  heart  damage  is
done.  You  need  to  have  your  blood  pressure  taken  so  you  will  know  your
numbers.  If  your  pressure  is  elevated,  see  your  doctor  so  that  your  high
blood pressure can be effectively managed.
Ways to take charge:

1. Keep  unhealthy  foods  out  of  sight  and  out  of  mouth.
Keep healthy snacks in front of your refrigerator and cabinets. If you grab health foods
at least 21 times, it will become  a habit. Look for the Heart Association  heart-check mark to help you identify healthy foods.

2. Eat  right  to  control  cholesterol.
Foods high in saturated fats can lead to high cholesterol. Eat foods low in saturated fats, such as lean chicken or turkey, fish, fruits, vegetables, low fat or fat free dairy and eat whole
grains. Shake the salt habit. Besides limiting salt, check food labels.

3. Be  a  Good  Loser.
Excess weight increases heart risk. Take it easy and lose weight slowly, eat 200-300 calories less each day and exercise.

4. If  you  slip,  don’t  let  it  get  you  down.
Forgive  yourself  and  just  get back  to  establish  a  healthy  lifestyle.  Also,  keep  track  of  your  achievements. If you have quit smoking, save that extra money each week and
reward  yourself  with  something  you  enjoy  doing.  When  you  reach  any
goal, Treat Yourself. A healthy heart will be your greatest reward.

Ladies Guild

allen-livermoreA very special event has been planned for our
Upcoming meeting on
Thursday, February 9,
6:30pm,  at Fr. Leonard Hall.
Allen Livermore will present an exciting
musical program in coordination with the
Berkshire Music School Outreach Program. Allen is
well known as a music educator and jazz performer in our area.
All ladies of the Parish are invited to join us for a delightful evening. Refreshments will be served. There will be a $3.00 charge
for guests and non-paid members.
“Socialize, Pray, Serve”



syrian-childrenTo Benefit the Syrian Children
According to the world food program of the 13.5 million people  who remain in Syria: 6 million children need humanitarian Assistance.

Sponsored by St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Pittsfield
Your $40 ticket could feed a family for a whole week.
All food is homemade, and all money will be sent to Syria


Menu includes: homemade Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Falafel,
Yalanji, Kibbeh, Shish Taouk, Syrian Rice, Fatayer, Tabbouleh

RSVP by Feb. 4th. For tickets please contact Fadia Makdisi
(413)464-1796 or
Checks may be made to Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church,
1304 North St., Pittsfield, MA 01201
With memo line: Syrian Fundraiser Dinner