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Church Systems Task Force Report on Clergy Health

All parts of the church have a duty and a stake in improving clergy health.

A few days ago, the United Methodist News Service published a story about clergy health.  The story is tied to a task force report that the UMC’s General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) released in May.  To address the challenge

A votre santé! (To your health!)

For many years, citizens of countries such as Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia enjoyed excellent health. But recent studies indicate that health advantage is slipping away.

Could our diet be a symptom, rather than a cause, of our unhealthy and unbalanced lives? 

For many years, citizens of countries such as Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia enjoyed excellent health relative to the rest of the world.  Public health researchers credited the "Mediterranean Diet," an assemblage of foods that features fruits, vegetables, fish and poultry, whole grains, and olive oil (and includes little red meat or processed food). 

A Prayer for Health

Prayer for good health is on the rise -- and with it, efforts to care for body and mind.

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. 

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Take A Stand Against Fanny Fatigue

Most of us spend far more time sitting than our ancestors did. And sitting slows our metabolism and increases our risk for chronic health problems.

Some public health challenges are the result of a kind of time warp.  We've talked about this before on The Connection: Modern society changes so fast that in certain ways, the evolution of Homo sapiens lags behind. 

Aiding Pastoral Transitions

The wife of a North Carolina Conference pastor shares her experiences with itinerancy, and resources she has gathered from around the United Methodist connection.

Tennyson may have noted that "In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love..." But the United Methodist pastor's thoughts often turn to the possibility of a new appointment. 

The health benefits of shivering?

The New York Times reports that central heating may be making us fatter.

The New York Times reports that central heating may be making us fatter.

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Intuitive Eating and Exercise

There’s been a debate in my local paper in the last week about the health effects of dairy products. A column urges us to follow a dairy-free diet. A letter to the editor takes issue, citing studies of the health benefits of milk and cheese.

There’s been a debate in my local paper in the last week about the health effects of dairy products. A column urges us to follow a dairy-free diet. A letter to the editor takes issue, citing studies of the health benefits of milk and cheese.

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Clergy Health in Northeast Florida

The Clergy Health Initiative received a mention in the (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union.

The Clergy Health Initiative received a mention in the (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union. Well, sort of – the article doesn’t name our project explicitly, but it does do a good job of outlining the key themes our research has uncovered.

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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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Clergy Health Takes Center Stage

When the New York Times covers an issue, heads turn. And as a result, the media — and the country — now is taking a closer look at the rising concern over clergy health.

Last week, Times reporter Paul Vitello published a front-page article, Taking a Break from the Lord’s Work.  In it, he highlights the effects that stress and round-the-clock job responsibilities can have on clergy.  Without support, some burn out and leave the church, but many others struggle to maintain balance, seemingly alone.  The challenge then for the church, and for congregations everywhere is to find ways to alleviate the stress.

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