February 2011

Wesleyan principles of holistic health

John Wesley integrated wellness promotion into the work of circuit riders and Methodist societies, stressing the wisdom of prevention: taking care of ourselves every day to ward off major illness.

 

Our friends at Church Health Reader recently published Part 2 of an interview with Duke Divinity Professor Randy L. Maddox, discussing John Wesley's views of health and medicine.

Eating Better

For six weeks, Ellen Tarlin kept an online diary of her efforts to eat better.

For six weeks, Ellen Tarlin kept an online diary of her efforts to eat better.  Her final post went up on Valentine's Day.

Resources for Congregational Health Ministries

Below are a few resources for churches that are intentional about caring for the bodies of congregants and community members.

I'd like to return to a theme I've touched on before: that the local church is a great venue for health-promotion activities.

Below are a few resources for churches that are intentional about caring for the bodies of congregants and community members.  All of these program templates have some basic principles in common:

Healthful eating guidelines from USDA

The new issue is receiving a lot of praise for its simple, straightforward dietary recommendations.

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture updates its Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the newly issued iteration is receiving a lot of praise for its simple, straightforward recommendations. 

Among them:

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Update on the Spirited Life Retreats/Workshops

We want to make a big impression on our pastors at the beginning. Taking you away from your everyday setting for three days is our way of doing that.

As many of you know, all Spirited Life participants in Group 1 are attending a three-day retreat this winter.  We have three of these events under our belts, so to speak, with six more to come in February and March.

One thing we've heard from many pastors is that retreat may be the wrong term for this event.  I'm inclined to agree: workshop is a better term.  We will change our language accordingly in the future.  More about this change in a moment.