5th Annual Shape Up in Faith Wellness Challenge

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION

ENTRY FEE

  • $40 Per Person

INITIAL WEIGHT-IN

  • First weigh-in is Monday, January 13th at Swan Family Wellness Center anytime from 7am to 6pm. 

Weekly Weigh-Ins

  • Every Monday from 7am-6pm at Swan Family Wellness Center.
  • Weekly weigh-ins are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged.

FINAL WEIGH-IN

  • Final weigh-in is Saturday, March 21st at SWFC anytime from 8am-2pm

SELECTION OF WINNERS

  • This year, we will be using a point system instead of being soley based on weight loss percentage.
  • There will be a male and female division. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in both divisions will be awarded with a cash prize, gift cards to various businesses in Jacksboro, and free memberships to SFWC.
  • Winners will be announced following the 3rd Annual Race for the Gold 5K at approximately 7:30pm.

PRIZES

  • 1st place wins $300, 3-Month Lifestyle 365 Membership, gift cards to various local businesses
  • 2nd place wins $200, 3-Month Lifestyle 365 Membership
  • 3rd place wins 3-Month Lifestyle 365 Membership

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN ENTRY FEE?

  • FREE healthy breakfast voucher provided by Faith Café.
  • SFWC T-Shirt

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Weight loss % – one point per percentage lost. example: 12.56% lost = 12.56 points
  • Inches lost – one point per inch lost in waist and hips
  • Improved or maintained blood pressure – 5 points if BP decreased or maintained within healthy range
  • SFWC Check-ins – .5 point per check in (one point per day max)
  • Weekly Food Lost – 2 points per weekly food log submitted to staff (must have 6 days per week logged
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Happy New Year

Faith Community Health System shares the importance of health and wellness in the New Year.

4 Tips for a Healthy New Year

Get your flu shot!

The flu season typically reaches its peak around this time of year and lasts through February. With that said, if you have yet to get a flu shot this season, you must do so immediately.

Flu vaccines are updated each year to match circulating viruses and improve overall effectiveness in protecting individuals from the viruses that research suggests will be the most common.

According to the CDC, vaccines have been updated for 2019 to better match viruses expected to be circulating in the United States.

People ages six months and older are encouraged to be vaccinated. Seniors over 65, pregnant women and children under the age of two are particularly vulnerable to the flu, which causes an estimated 100,000 hospitalizations and 30,000 deaths a year.

Recommendations for people with egg allergies are the same as in recent years. Those who have known allergies to eggs are encouraged to get a flu shot by the CDC but are encouraged to talk with their primary healthcare providers beforehand.

Plan your annual checkup.

If you do not remember the last time you visited your primary care provider for an annual physical, then you are past due. These comprehensive assessments are imperative to ensure you remain in the best health possible.

Aside from the physical checkups, your physician will typically request several lab screenings to check for things such as your blood glucose and cholesterol levels, as well as ensure you are up to date on essential immunizations. Depending on your age, gender, and risk levels, cancer screenings might also be ordered as a preventative measure.

Most lab work and typical cancer screenings can be completed locally at the FCHS in-house clinical laboratory and imaging departments, which can handle most physician requests.

Annual checkups are covered by Medicare and most private insurance providers with no co-pay.

Make physical fitness a priority.

People of all ages and physical conditions can benefit from regular physical activity. Children, teenagers, seniors, even people with disabilities will find they feel, think, and look better with just a little physical activity.

A well-balanced fitness program should focus on all aspects of your body, no matter your abilities. Cardio, strength training, and core fitness routines should be integrated. If you are not sure where to begin, the Swan Family Wellness Center in Jacksboro has fitness professionals who can help steer you in the right direction based on your individual fitness goals.

Located on the FCHS campus, the Swan Family Wellness Center has a variety of amenities, including TechnoGym exercise equipment with state-of-the-art features, regularly scheduled exercise and fitness classes, an indoor climate-controlled heated pool, member-exclusive perks, and networking opportunities, wellness education classes, and much more.

Membership packages are available for individuals, seniors, and families at the SFWC. For more information and for a free tour of the facility, you are encouraged to stop by the Wellness Center or call 940-216-2379.

Commit to a better diet.

A well-balanced nutrition plan is not always the most glamorous topic to discuss, but it is essential to your overall health. Proper nutrition provides you with essential vitamins, protein, and energy levels necessary to live and function.

Knowing what to eat and how to portion your meals is key. If you are not sure if your diet is up-to-par with what it should be, we encourage you to talk with your primary care physician during your next appointment.

The Internet is filled with many resources to help create delicious – and simple – meals that are healthy and nutritious. Not too comfortable with cooking, but are still interested in creating healthy meals? YouTube can be an incredible resource with free cooking videos based on your interests.

More importantly, removing “junk food” from your home is a great way to start the New Year. Discarding candies, chips, soft drinks, and other bad food items can help curb your urge to reach for unhealthy snack options. In lieu, consider picking up more fruits, vegetable sticks, and other healthy snack options.

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Faith Community Clinic Hours

Alvord – Bowie – Jacksboro

Please note clinic holiday hours:

Christmas Eve: 7am – noon

Christmas Day: CLOSED

New Year’s Eve: 7am – noon

New Year’s Day: CLOSED

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Swan Family Wellness Center – Now Offers 24 Hour Access

Well, the news is out!! We’re going 24 hours!!

This is something that we have been working towards for a long time now and are so excited to finally announce our first date of being a 24 hour access facility, October 28th!!! We have had so many requests for this change and they have not gone unheard. We decided to make this switch for many reasons but mainly just so that our wonderful members can enjoy our services on the weekends, LATE nights, and even holidays. Each paid member will have the ability to access our facility simply by scanning their thumbprint.

With this added benefit comes great responsibility, however. I want to personally ask each and every one of you to please respect our beautiful facility and our 24HR rules and policies. When you come to get your finger print scanned you will be asked to sign an extensive list of rules and regulations regarding the changes. Please read this agreement thoroughly so that you do not accidentally break a rule and put your membership at stake.

Below are some of the most common FAQ’s that I have received so far:

  1. How do I gain 24 hour access?
    1. Each paying member that has a payment method on file may come to the wellness center anytime during our normal business hours to assign your thumbprint and sign your user agreement.
  2. What are the staffed hours?
    1. Monday -Friday, 7:00am to 6:00pm
  3. Can I bring a guest during non-staffed hours?
    1. Absolutely not. Our security system is made to keep this from happening. Every single person that enters this building must scan their thumbprint. Once you scan your thumbprint and walk in, you must shut the door behind you so that the next person is required to scan in as well. Regardless if you know them or are related to them. This rule is non-negotiable and failure to comply will result in a terminated membership.
    2. Guests and day passes are allowed to be purchased during our normal staffed hours.
  4. How does this effect group exercise?
    1. Group exercise will not be affected in any way other than not being able to purchase a day pass during classes that are outside of our normal staffed hours.
  5. Will the pool be accessible 24/7 as well?
    1. Unfortunately, it is too much of a risk to leave the pool unattended. Therefore the pool will only be available from 7am-6pm Monday through Friday with the exception of any scheduled group exercise class. Only attendants of the class will be allowed in the pool during those instances.
  6. Can I bring my kid in while I work out?
    1. Children under 12 years old are never allowed in the facility without exception. Children ages 12-15 that are paid members may enter the facility after hours with parental supervision. Children ages 16 and up that are paid members may enter the facility at any time.
  7. Will the sweat towels be available 24/7?
    1. In the evenings before we leave, we will set out a certain amount of sweat towels. Once that amount is used they will not be replenished until the next business day. You are encouraged to bring your own sweat towel. If we notice that we are losing the towels we will only provide them during the weekly staffed hours.

We are now currently signing up ALL paid members for 24 hour access so stop on by! We will be hosting the sign ups the rest of the week. Stop by anytime tonight (Wednesday) before 9pm, Thursday from 5:30am to 9:00pm, Friday from 5:30am to 7:00pm, or Saturday from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Our first day on the new staffed schedule will start on Monday, October 28th so make sure to come get your finger prints registered before then if you want 24 hour access!

Thank you all for your continued support, it’s because of you that we are able to make this incredible upgrade! Feel free to call us or email us for more information.

Joe Copeland, Director of SFWC

(940)216-2379

jcopeland1@fchtexas.com

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The Season for Flu Prevention

Faith Community Health System says vaccine is the best method of preventing the influenza virus.

With the fall season in full swing and temperatures slowly dropping, Faith Community Health System (FCHS) is echoing the words of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by encouraging area residents to take a proactive approach against the flu by getting vaccinated.

“Many people have very strong opinions in regards to the flu shot, and many of them are very vocal in person and on social media. Unfortunately, much that information is incorrect. The flu vaccine is safe and effective. It is the single best tool we have to combat the flu every year,” explains Dr. Brent Shepherd, a Family Practice/OB physician in Jacksboro. “Reducing the spread of the virus and its impact on your body is very important.”

According to the CDC, vaccines have been updated for 2019 to better match viruses expected to be circulating in the United States.

Recommendations for people with egg allergies are the same as in recent years. Those who have known allergies to eggs are encouraged to get a flu shot by the CDC but are encouraged to talk with their primary healthcare providers beforehand.

While FCHS is expected to meet local demand with the availability of flu vaccines, Dr. Shepherd cautions that individuals should not wait very long, as the flu outbreak can spread quickly throughout any community.

The best recommendation is to get vaccinated as soon as possible – and October is the best time to get vaccinated as it is in the beginning of the flu season.

Although contracting the flu virus is still possible for someone who has been vaccinated, Dr. Shepherd explains that symptoms are typically less severe than they are for someone who did not receive a flu shot.

Symptoms of the flu typically come on suddenly and may include fever or chills, a cough and sore throat, a runny and stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches, and fatigue.  Most people who develop the flu are contagious for five to seven days after they show symptoms.

“If you think you have influenza, then stay away from public places.  Influenza is very contagious.  Cover your mouth and wash your hands frequency to prevent the spread of the illness.  It’s also important to be evaluated quickly by a medical professional, because most flu medications only work if given very quickly after symptoms start,” Dr. Shepherd says. “As with most illness, rest and hydration are key to making it through the illness.”

Individuals with underlying medical conditions should consult with their medical provider as early as possible to see whether they want to test for the flu and prescribe an antiviral drug.

To prevent the spread of the flu, it is recommended that individuals avoid close contact with those who are sick with the virus. Equally as important, if you suspect that you may be infected with the flu, you are encouraged to stay home.

Covering your mouth and nose when you need to sneeze or cough; frequently washing your hands to avoid spreading germs; and avoiding needlessly touching your eyes, mouth and nose are other tips recommended to prevent the spread of infections.

Following recommends of the CDC as in recent years, people ages six months and older are encouraged to be vaccinated. Seniors over 65, pregnant women, and children under the age of two are particularly vulnerable to the flu, which causes an estimated 100,000 hospitalizations 30,000 deaths a year.

Individuals interested in getting the flu shot are encouraged to stop by Faith Community Rural Health Clinics in Jacksboro, Bowie, and Alvord. Insurance plans are accepted, and a self-pay option is also available.

For more information about local healthcare programs and services, please visit www.fchtexas.com.

Although contracting the flu virus is still possible for someone who has been vaccinated, Dr. Shepherd explains that symptoms are typically less severe than they are for someone who did not receive a flu shot.

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About Faith Community Health System

Faith Community Hospital is a community hospital serving the residents of Jack County, Texas. We offer a wealth of medical services including inpatient care, minor surgeries, obstetrics and other health care services.

Rural Health Clinics

Alvord Clinic
115 East Bypass US Highway 287
Alvord, Texas 76225

940-427-2858

Bowie Clinic
1010 N. Mill St.
Bowie, TX 76230

940-872-1121

Jacksboro Clinic
215 Chisholm Trail
Jacksboro, TX 76458

940-567-5528

Contact Us

If you need to contact us for general inquires or comments, please use the methods below. For emergencies, please dial 911.

215 Chisholm Trail Jacksboro, Texas 76458
940-567-6633
https://www.fchtexas.com/