Aim for the fullness of life that God intends for us through wellness of mind, body and spirit.
Welcome! We see a vital connection between these three elements for our growth and happiness. Our Health and Wellness Ministry is led by our parish nurse and our Health and Wellness Committee whose members are selected by the church. We also welcome newcomers. Our goal is to help members of our church and our community attain a fuller, healthier, happier experience in living.
Our Parish Nurse
Annette Matsuda RN, BSN, is on staff and available Sunday, Monday and Wednesday mornings.
Annette provides the following services:
- Visits with those who are hospitalized, homebound, ill, or in bereavement.
- Provides individual health counseling and referrals for resources.
- Performs blood pressure screenings after morning services on the second and fourth Sundays. Evening screenings are done after Third Service on the third Sunday.
Annette works closely with our Health and Wellness committee to plan and promote activities.
Health and Wellness Opportunities
Enjoy health benefits through exercise and education.
Physical Exercise Classes
RHUMC offers several physical exercise and well-being classes for adults.
Did you know that the average child in the USA laughs 400-500 times a day, versus the average adult who only laughs around five times daily?
Did you know that laughter:
- increases endorphins (the “feel good” neurotransmitters) in the brain
- decreases harmful adrenaline and cortisol levels by dissipating stress
- increases cardiovascular health and blood circulation to the brain
- implements our abdominal muscles to massage our internal organs?
Visit and participate in our popular Laughter Yoga Class. In 50 minutes, our instructor, Nina Bradbury, a retired Nurse Practitioner and Certified Laughter Yoga instructor guides the class in flexibility and balance exercises and in the sharing of humor and laughter, all in a warm, friendly, and supportive group. The group meets each Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Mission Room and Friday afternoon at 1:00 in the Aldersgate Room.
For questions, call Nina at 310-780-9131.
Your Health and Wellness Committee and Family Ministries Committee sponsor this popular group, open to all in our church family. We meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10:00am and walk/hike for about an hour at various locations around the South Bay, enjoying beautiful views and each other’s company. The hike details are mentioned in both the Cornerstone and the Sunday bulletin and announcements during worship the previous Sunday.
Informational sessions are planned periodically. Recent topics have included “Caregiving and Hope” and “What to Eat to Optimize Your Health – The Myths, The Mysteries, and the Take-home Message”. Sessions are usually held at noon with a Brown Bag Lunch. When scheduled, the details are posted in the Weekly Church Bulletin inserted in Sunday morning service programs and on the Upcoming Events page of this website.
Books, multimedia, and printed resource materials are available in the nurse’s office and may be borrowed.
CPR/AED classes are scheduled annually for church staff and members.
Care Notes booklets are available on subjects relevant to adults, teens and children. These booklets offer suggestions for coping with various challenges.
Medical Equipment to Expand Our Health Services
Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
As part of Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Public Access Defibrillator program, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is located on the wall in the church office.
A Variety of Equipment for Assistance
We have on hand equipment including wheelchairs, walkers, canes, commodes, and crutches, which can be borrowed. Donations are welcomed.
First Aid Kits are available in the Welcome Center, Education Office, Kitchen, Kid Zone and Preschool areas.
Annual Blood Drive with the American Red Cross
Since 1994, RHUMC has hosted an annual Blood Drive. Church members, neighboring churches and the general community are invited to participate.
For more information on Health and Wellness programs and services, please call Annette Matsuda at 310-377-6771 ext. 116