It seems that prayer for good health is on the rise. New research, published in May in the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, notes that in a comparison of two studies, 49 percent of respondents actively prayed for their own good health in 2007, up from 43 percent in 2002.
Many North Carolinians don't have easy access to stores selling healthy food – a concept known as living in a “food desert”. Most of us know of food markets in low income neighborhoods that were deemed unprofitable and then closed, never to be replaced. (I can think of a couple of examples in east Raleigh.) That’s not surprising, given that that grocery stores, like most retail establishments, are designed to maximize profits, not to benefit the consumer.
Our friends at Partners in Health and Wholeness (North Carolina Council of Churches) recently passed along an announcement of a new program, Nourishing NC, a joint venture between the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The mission of Nourishing NC is to install or enhance community gardens throughout the state with the goal of starting gardens in all 100 counties by the end of 2013. The initiative will be led by public parks, health, and extension depa