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Dale Fletcher

Dale is the Executive Director of Faith and Health Connection Ministry where they teach biblical truths for health & wholeness. Connect with Dale at www.FaithandHealthConnection.org

Posted 2/11/14 at 5:27 PM | Dale Fletcher

Stress in America Report. How are You Managing Yours?

Stress Infographic

The latest Stress in America report has been recently published by the America Psychological Association. There are some interesting facts included in the report:

Many more facts are in the report, which can be read at this link. FULL POST

Posted 2/10/14 at 12:18 PM | Dale Fletcher

Wholeness - The Theology. What it Means to You.

Wholeness in Christ

About five years ago I wrote a blog post on our ministry website on wholeness, as well as an article – God Wants You Whole. Since that time my appreciation for this term has evolved and I believe that I have a more theologically correct understanding of the word.

I want to share it with you here as it's a very important concept in the life of a Christian.

Definitions of Wholeness

Definition of ‘Wholeness’ According to the Miriam Webster Dictionary - The condition of being sound in body. The quality or state of being without restriction, exception, or qualification. (A noun) Antonyms: imperfection, unsoundness FULL POST

Posted 2/3/14 at 5:20 PM | Dale Fletcher

New Study - Diet Sodas and Obesity

Recent research highlights the need for heavier adults who drink diet beverages to closely monitor their solid food intake.

Overweight and obese adults who drink diet beverages consume significantly more solid-food calories - particularly from snacks - than those who drink sugary beverages. The findings highlight the challenges in using diet beverages to help control weight.

“The results of our study suggest that overweight and obese adults looking to lose or maintain their weight—who have already made the switch from sugary to diet beverages—may need to look carefully at other components of their solid-food diet, particularly sweet snacks, to potentially identify areas for modification,” Dr. Sara Bleich, the lead researcher says.

The abstract of the study is available online at the American Journal of Public Health on January 16, 2014. FULL POST

Posted 1/8/14 at 12:50 PM | Dale Fletcher

Healthy Resolutions for 2014 - A Biblical Perspective

According to research, about 45% of us make New Year’s resolutions. Statisticbrain.com reports from a recent Journal of Clinical Psychology article that Americans top 10 resolutions are as found in the listing below. Three of these are health-related.

Top 10 Resolutions of Americans

1
 Lose Weight
2
 Getting Organized
3
 Spend Less, Save More
4
 Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5
 Staying Fit and Healthy
6
 Learn Something Exciting
7
 Quit Smoking
8
 Help Others in Their Dreams
9
 Fall in Love
10
 Spend More Time with Family

The items on this list are admirable but I find it interesting that none of these seem to be motivated by or rooted in spiritual or biblical principles. Especially since we live in a country where 74% of the people are professing Christians and 56% say that religion is an important part of their life. (2013 Gallup poll on Religion) FULL POST

Posted 11/1/13 at 4:37 PM | Dale Fletcher

Obesity Rates Still Rising in 2013

According to data provided by Gallup.com, the adult obesity rate so far in 2013 is 27.2%, up from 26.2% in 2012, and is on pace to surpass all annual average obesity rates since Gallup-Healthways began tracking in 2008. Increases have occurred across almost all demographic groups.The one-percentage-point uptick in the obesity rate so far in 2013 is statistically significant and is the largest year-over-year increase since 2009. The higher rate thus far in 2013 reverses the lower levels recorded in 2011 and 2012, and is much higher than the 25.5% who were obese in 2008.

Obesity rates have increased at least slightly so far in 2013 across almost all major demographic and socioeconomic groups.

FULL POST

Posted 8/21/13 at 11:05 AM | Dale Fletcher

Jesus is Asking - "May I Eat With You?"

Jesus wants to eat with you

Sometimes we can close off a part of our heart to Jesus. It may hurt too much to go there because there is pain... and we just don't want to deal with the past and the pain associated with it. Or, we may not want God to take away a lustful desire or behavior we have that gives us what we want - that meets a selfish desire.

As an example, we may be enjoying the pornography or the illicit sex or the box of cookies or the shopping or the tub of ice cream. We enjoy them, in the moment, and we want to keep whatever the habit is because it makes us 'feels' good. What is this behavior or thing for you?

But when we do these things, we are really not being satisfied at the deepest level of our hearts. The deeper spiritual need has not been met by the behavior or the thing we may have purchased or obtained.

We are also missing out on the full and abundant life that Jesus died for us to experience. John 10:10

Can you relate to any of this?

Might Jesus be saying to you, as he writes to the church in the book of Revelation... FULL POST

Posted 8/7/13 at 12:24 PM | Dale Fletcher

My God. My Jesus. My Gospel.

My God My Jesus My Gospel

This morning during my quiet time, I read 2 Timothy 2:8

"Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David, this is my gospel..."

The word 'my' jumped out at me. Paul was writing to Timothy about 'his' gospel - a very personal gospel. Paul embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ - Jesus' life, death and resurrection - as his own. It's because Paul personalized the gospel that he could refer to it as 'his' gospel. That is behind the power and strength that Paul had to endure the sufferings that he was faced with - beatings, constant ridicule and even imprisonment.

This verse was a reminder to me that God wants the gospel of Jesus Christ, his Son, to by my gospel too. God wants to be our personal God. Read these few scriptures where the authors writes about their personal God:

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Paul in Philippians 4:19

"The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him." Moses in Exodus 15:2 FULL POST

Posted 8/6/13 at 1:19 PM | Dale Fletcher

Smoking and Church Attendance - New Research

smoking and church attendance

A new report is out this week by the Gallup folks - Strong Link Between Church Attendance and Smoking.

Smoking in the U.S. is highly correlated with religiosity, with those who never attend church almost three times as likely to smoke as those who attend weekly. This relationship holds even when controlling for demographic characteristics associated with smoking and church attendance.

The researchers believe that it is possible that the relationship is straightforward: Something about frequent church attendance could in turn cause people to be less likely to smoke. My take is that churchgoers, in general, desire and try to care for their bodies. FULL POST

Posted 5/30/13 at 12:10 PM | Dale Fletcher

Lonely? How Are You Filling the Hole in Your Heart?

The Pain of Loneliness - The Health Risks of Feeling Isolated are Physical, Not Just Emotional. This was the title of an article that appeared in the Charlotte Observer newspaper the other day. It was written by Jane Brody, health columnist for the New York Times. The title of her original article as it appeared in the NY Times was Shaking Off Loneliness. Brody writes, "I filled my lonely nights with food - Anything I could get my hands on, especially candy, cookies and ice cream. Food fulled the hole in my soul, at least temporarily"

What the Research Says About Loneliness and Health

Her article referenced one study where researchers noted that those who scored high on a loneliness scale ate substantially more fatty foods than those who scored low. "Is it any wonder that we turn to ice cream or other fatty foods when we're sitting at home feeling all alone in the world?" says psychologist John Cacioppo of the University of Chicago. He also indicates that lonely individuals tend to do whatever they can to make themselves feel better, if only for the moment. He says that they may overeat, drink too much, smoke, speed or engage in indiscriminate sex. FULL POST

Posted 5/24/13 at 4:09 PM | Dale Fletcher

Weight Loss and The Holy Spirit

This week, Jane Brody, a health columnist at the New York Times, wrote an article about obesity - Many Fronts in Fighting Obesity. She addressed many issues that in fact play a role in one's ability to win the battle with weight loss:

  • Caloric consumption
  • Portion control
  • The use of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup
  • Eating home-cooked meals less frequently
  • A misunderstanding of fat, sugar and caloric content of foods
  • Evolution's impact on caloric consumption
  • The impact of one's willpower on weight loss

Concerning the last bullet, Brody writes the following:

Willpower rarely helps people who struggle with their weight. With constant temptations to eat more, and especially more high-calorie foods, our society must change.

Her comment about willpower in regards to weight loss is what prompted me to write this post. I agree with her comment about willpower. Our society must change if we are going to beat the obesity epidemic. But, the changes we need to make to help with weight loss should not be in our own strength.

More people in our society could benefit from turning to our Creator, God, for the help they need in their challenge with eating and physical activity issues as it regards weight loss. FULL POST

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