We are collectively counting our miles to walk around the globe with our Messiah friends and family!

 

Register yourself or your team

of friends and/or family

 
Each week for 12 weeks, we’ll release a video featuring a Messiah-supported mission location,
along with a health tip from Messiah’s Health Ministry Team.
 
Would you rather do something other than walk? Great!
20 minutes of any aerobic exercise equals one mile, so that counts too! Playing soccer, yoga, biking, etc!
 
 
 
 
You can start tracking your miles right here, any time.
 
 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 
Contact Kathy Carter or Amy Lofgren for more info.
 
Learn more about our mission destinations around the globe
JUNE 8-14 : LINCOLN TO HAITI : 2,086 MILES
 
 
HEALTH TIP: SIT LESS AND MOVE MORE
Try to focus on being less sedentary rather than more active. Prolonged time in front of TV is perhaps as harmful to your health as not formally exercising at all. John Hopkins Med.
 
 
JUNE 15-21 : HAITI TO PANAMA : 1918 MILES
 
 
HEALTH TIP: HEAT HYDRATION FOR CHILDREN
Summer heat can affect children much quicker than adults.  Sign include fatigue, thirst, dry lips and tongue. If kids wait to drink when they are thirsty, they are already dehydrated. Best tip to prevent this is to drink cool water early and often. From the American Academy of Pediatrics.
 
 
JUN 22-28 : PANAMA TO URUGUAY : 3,279 MILES
 
 
HEALTH TIP: REOPENING THE COUNTRY
Much uncertainty remains about COVID 19. Tips to help with this anxiety from WebMD:
1. Focus on what you can control.
2. Lead with love. Shift attention from fearing others to wanting what is best for them.
3. Acknowledge your anxiety and make peace with it.
 
 
JUN 29-JULY 5 : URUGUAY TO GAMBIA : 4,148 MILES
 
 
HEALTH TIP: F.A.S.T.
Know the warning signs of stroke. It could save the life of someone you love.
Face droop or crooked smile
Arm weakness or inability to move
Speech slurred or confused
Time call 911. Time is brain
 
 
JUL 6-12 : GAMBIA TO TANZANIA : 5,089 MILES
 
 
PROMOTE HEALTHY SCREEN TIME
By Dr. Boucher, Pediatrician at Bryan Health 

No screen times for children under 18 months
Age 2 years to preschool should be given only brief screen times. More important for play time.
Ages 8-9 years toTeens parents need to monitor sites, postings and games.
Parents should write up a family policy for screen times allowed. Then post it on the refrigerator. Parents should know all passwords.
Parents should model the behavior that is described in their family policy. Show your children what is important.
 
 
JUL 13-19 : TANZANIA TO SLOVAKIA : 5,908 MILES
 
 
VAPING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
John Hopkins Med.
E-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarette smoking but are still not safe. There has been increased incidents of lung damage and heart disease, especially with liquids added to the e-cigarettes. They are also very addictive, as they generally contain up to 16 mg of nicotine. Parents, do your research. Be aware of different smells that might be indicative of vaping. Have  conversations with your youth to let them know that long-term effects are unknown. Don’t let them become the guinea pigs for this movement. John Hopkins Med.
 
 
JUL 20-26 : SLOVAKIA TO LATVIA : 767 MILES
 
 
DEPRESSION IN TEENS
Depression is a biological based illness that can be triggered by stressors.  It can last for 7-9 months, if untreated can lead to unhealthy behavior.  Look for signs, such as, change in sleep habits, appetite, motivation or concentration. John Hopkins Medicine
 
 
JUL 27-AUG 2 : LATVIA TO CAMBODIA : 5,128 MILES
 
 
SKIN CANCER PREVENTION
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in United States. Nearly 5 million are diagnosed each year with Melanoma, the most deadly type. Sun protection includes: Wearing tightly woven fabric to cover arm, torso, and legs; wear a wide-brimmed head covering; avoid outdoor activities during midday; and use sunscreen of 15 SPF or higher. Surgeon General H.H.S.
 
 
AUG 3-9 : CAMBODIA TO SOUTH KOREA : 2,146 MILES
 
 
ORAL HEALTH
Oral Health – Oral health is a key indicator of overall well being and quality of life. Conditions include bad breath, cavities, tooth loss, and oral cancers just to name a few. Unhealthy mouth, especially gum disease, may increase your risk of serious health problems such as, heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and pre-term labor. Best prevention is to brush and floss teeth daily, avoid tobacco, regularly check mouth for sores or irritated gums. W.H.O.
 
 
AUG 10-16 : SOUTH KOREA TO CALIFORNIA : 5,820 MILES
AUG 17-23 : CALIFORNIA TO NORFOLK : 1,526 MILES
AUG 24-30 : NORFOLK TO LINCOLN : 93 MILES