Physical Health

The Amazing Pace

The NCC Wellness Committee is introducing a pedometer-based walking program free to all NC Conference clergy members in 2011. Enrollment is also free to NC Conference and local church lay employees enrolled in the Conference Health Plan.

Christians Practicing Yoga

The Baptist leader Albert Mohler has generated a lot of discussion with his recent essay arguing that Christians should avoid the practice of yoga.

The Baptist leader Albert Mohler has generated a lot of discussion with his recent essay arguing that Christians should avoid the practice of yoga.

G.I. Blues

Sign of the times: The U.S. Army is making sweeping changes to its physical-training program for new recruits.

Sign of the times: The U.S. Army is making sweeping changes to its physical-training program for new recruits. For instance, sit-ups are out. Push-ups as we knew them from gym classes gone by — also out.

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Fit Employees, Nature-Loving Children

This Sunday’s edition of the Raleigh News & Observer had a feature article about some of the things employers in the Research Triangle are offering to help employees stay fit.

News briefs:

  • This Sunday’s edition of the Raleigh News & Observer had a feature article about some of the things employers in the Research Triangle are offering to help employees stay fit. From gyms to instructor-led classes to softball leagues to disc golf, these companies sponsor a wide array of activities, often on the company’s site.
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An Accidental Poster Child

Jay Voorhees, Tennessee pastor and blogger, had what he thought was a casual chat with a local religion news writer, Before he knew it, he found himself...

Jay Voorhees, Tennessee pastor and blogger, had what he thought was a casual chat with a local religion news writer, Before he knew it, he found himself “the poster child for clergy unhealth,” quoted by name in a feature story in his local paper, then singled out for attack in a letter to the editor. 

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Roaring Down the Straightaway

Here's a public health story that ought to catch the eye (and ear) of North Carolinians: A new federal study has shown that NASCAR is hazardous to our hearing.


Here's a public health story that ought to catch the eye (and ear) of North Carolinians: A new federal study has shown that NASCAR is hazardous to our hearing.

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Rural Medicine and Rural Ministry

Anne, a high school classmate of mine, has settled in the Vermont countryside, where she raises her two daughters and indulges her love of horses and motorcycles.

Anne, a high school classmate of mine, has settled in the Vermont countryside, where she raises her two daughters and indulges her love of horses and motorcycles. We keep in touch on Facebook, where she linked to this recent article about rural health care — more precisely, about the challenge of finding young physicians with the gifts and passion (one might even say the call) to work in a rural area.

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The Contest of Faith and the Christian Athlete

As a teacher of early Christian history, I often hear students who have an introductory knowledge of the early Church pose two criticisms of the Church Fathers.

Note: This is the seventh post in a 10-part series, drawn from Connecting the Mind, Body and Spirit: Reflections on Health, produced by the Clergy Health Initiative and distributed at the 2010 United Methodist Annual Conferences in North Carolina.  Each reflection is tied to the lectionary; we will publish each reflection a week in advance of the Sunday to which it is tied.

August 15, 2010
Hebrews 11:29-12:2 • Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.

Strength in Numbers

There are many versions of Christianity that hold the faith to be merely a matter of belief.

Note: This is the sixth post in a 10-part series, drawn from Connecting the Mind, Body and Spirit: Reflections on Health, produced by the Clergy Health Initiative and distributed at the 2010 United Methodist Annual Conferences in North Carolina.  Each reflection is tied to the lectionary; we will publish each reflection a week in advance of the Sunday to which it is tied.

August 8, 2010
Luke 12:32-40 • Sell your possessions, and give alms.

Exercise and Bible Study: A New Way to Multi-Task

In this month's issue of Healthy Leaders, Pastor Beth Birkholtz describes the 10-week running group/Bible study that she formed in her church and the exhilaration she felt at seeing the group progress from walking to finishing a 5K race.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America produces a monthly clergy health newsletter, Healthy Leaders.  In this month's issue, Pastor Beth Birkholtz describes the 10-week running group/Bible study that she formed in her church and the exhilaration she felt at seeing the group progress from walking to finishing a 5K race.

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