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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 6/16/11 at 4:29 PM | Dale Fletcher

America's Plan for Better Health and Wellness. Where's the Spiritual Care and Faith Component?

The new National Prevention Strategy was rolled out today, June 16th, by the Health and Human Services branch of the U.S. Government. The report is titled National Prevention Strategy - America's Plan for Better Health and Wellness.

America's Plan for Better Health and Wellness - Strategic Direction and Priorities

The strategy's seven priorities are designed to improve health and wellness for the entire population of the United States:

  • Tobacco Free Living
  • Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use
  • Healthy Eating
  • Active living
  • Injury and Violence Free Living
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Mental and Emotional Well-Being

This new plan has four Strategic Directions:

  • Healthy and Safe Community Environments
  • Clinical and Community Preventive Services
  • Empowered People
  • Elimination of Health Disparities

These Priorities and Strategic Directions are to be the foundation for all prevention efforts and will form the basis for a prevention-oriented society. According to the plan, these directions will form a web needed to fully support Americans in leading longer and healthier lives. FULL POST

Posted 6/6/11 at 2:49 PM | Dale Fletcher

Christian Yoga. Can it Really Be a Good Thing?

I've recently read a few columns on Christian Post about Yoga, the most recent being Holy Yoga or Demonism? 

Ariel Rey, in the above mentioned column, indicates that "Yoga, according to Pastor Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church in Seattle, is a form of demonism. He said in a sermon last year, "It's absolute paganism. Yoga and meditation and easternism is all opening to demonism.""

Diriscoll aparently puts all 'yoga' into this camp - and I don't agree with him.

If you do a seach for Christian Yoga, you'll likely come across each of the following organizations: Outstretched, Praise Moves, Yahweh Yoga, Scripture Yoga, WholyFit and Be Strong Ministries. I'd submit that participation in any of these programs would be good for your health - both your physical and spiritual health.  I have communicted with at least three of the owners of these organizations. They consider their initiatives as much a ministry as a business. There intent is to help others care for their body, mind and spirit. Scripture is the basis for their short "Bible Studies" conducted at the end of the exercises sessions. Christ is at the center of what they do. Their intent is to glorify God with their programs. FULL POST

Posted 5/11/11 at 11:30 PM | Dale Fletcher

May is Mental Health Month - What Does the Bible Say?

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Mental Health America

May has been recognized as Mental Health Month by many organizations for several years - and this year is no exception. Mental Health America is recognized by the US government as the lead agency for this national observance.

Live Your Life Well is a campaign that Mental Health America is conducting to raise awareness and educate people about mental health issues. They've put together 10 Tools to Live Your Life Well and they suggest that these tools are based on extensive scientific evidence, and that they can help you relax, grow and flourish.  Here's a listing of their tools.  FULL POST

Posted 5/5/11 at 11:52 AM | Dale Fletcher

National Day of Prayer - Pray With God: A Biblical Principle for Living an Abundant Life

The first Thursday in May has annually been designated the National Day of Prayer for quite some time and today is the 60th year of the designation. The scripture for this year's event is Psalm 91:2 - I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

Pray With God is one of 42 Principles for Experiencing an Abundant Life that I have identified. Praying with God helps keep us connected with Him and it's our ongoing connection with God that enables us to experience the kind of life that Jesus died for us to have.

"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. " Jesus in John 15:4-5

I find it interesting that the shortest verse in the Bible tells us how frequently we are to pray – 'Pray continually.' 1 Thessalonians 5:17. The more we are intentional in staying connected with God through prayer, the more it demonstrates that we are dependent upon him to meet our deep needs and to live life. As we continually acknowledge our need for him, we are likely to remain humble, and being humble sets the stage for God to give us more grace. James 4:6 FULL POST

Posted 3/29/11 at 11:00 AM | Dale Fletcher

Let's Take a Biblical Approach to Health Care and Wholeness

Written by Dr. Scott Morris, founder of the Church Health Center in Memphis, Health Care You Can Live With puts a human face on the hot topic of health care. Making the argument that healing—both physical and spiritual—is a key aspect of the Christian faith, Dr. Morris provides a biblical framework for wellness and encourages us through real-life stories of those who found a better life within the overarching love of God.It's an excellent read! I began reading the book last night and almost completed it in one sitting. I now plan to read it over a second time.

I plan to share in brief, individual posts the things that 'jump out at me' and reinforce what I believe and have come to understand over the years about the connection between health and the Christian faith. Typically, I'll include short excerpts from the book and occasionally add my own comments. Below are my first two excerpts. FULL POST

Posted 1/25/11 at 2:30 PM | Dale Fletcher

Is a Forgiveness Issue Hurting Your Health?

This morning's Charlotte Observer has an article titled "The Ability to Forgive May Help You Heal." The subtitle for the article is 'Holding onto a Grudge is Bad for the Immune System, Author Says'. The writer of the article, Jane Glenn Haas, interviewed Reverend Michael Berry, Director of Pastoral Care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia. Barry is the author of a book soon to be published titled "The Forgiveness Project: The Startling Discovery of How to Overcome Cancer, Find Health and Achieve Peace." I had the good fortune of meeting Rev. Berry two years ago at the annual meeting of the Society for Spirituality Theology and Health at Duke University. We had lunch together and shared about our common passion on the topic of faith and health. FULL POST

Posted 1/21/11 at 1:26 PM | Dale Fletcher

Are You a Binge Eater?

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An article appeared yesterday in the CNN health section regarding binge eating and Oprah Winfrey. The title of the article was Don't Overeat Like Oprah.The article reports that binge eating is more prevalent then anorexia and bulimia. It's an informative article that addresses some of the issues concerning binge eating. Among other things, the author points out that it's important to get down to the roots of the eating. In many cases the root issue is an emotional or spiritual one. The article further outlines how Oprah, as well as many other people interviewed for the article, report that they eat during stressful times. They find solace in the food that they eat.

Over the years I have known many people who are challenged by binge eating. Several have participated in programs that I have administered at a health system and in a YMCA setting. There's a verse that comes to mind that I often refer to regarding eating and food. FULL POST

Posted 12/31/10 at 2:00 PM | Dale Fletcher

Have True Trust and Genuine Peace in the New Year

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Do you really trust in God?

Imagine what it would be like if you were really able to trust in God amidst your most challenging trials and most stressful times of your life. Then those 'stressful' times would not stress you out because you would be at peace - at Shalom. It's this type of complete trust in God that he wants us to have. Our challenge is to not only understand this intellectually in our heads, but to truly believe this in our hearts and to live it out.

Experience His Peace
Earlier this morning, I read a wonderful article titled In Search of Shalom from the December, 2011 edition of In Touch Magazine. The author, Chris Tiegreen, hits the nail on the head as he explores the topics of trust in God and experiencing his peace. He points out that it's God's will for us to experience true Shalom - wholeness, fullness, safety, wholeness and well-being. Instead of placing trust in our God, our Creator, Tiegreen reminds us how we so often try to manufacture our own peace through our substitute material possessions and dysfunctional and often addictive behaviors. FULL POST

Posted 12/17/10 at 2:38 PM | Dale Fletcher

CDC Report on Childhood Trauma and God's Healing

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Almost 60% of American adults say they had difficult childhoods featuring abusive or troubled family members or parents who were absent due to separation or divorce. Nearly 9% say that while growing up they underwent five or more "adverse childhood experiences" ranging from verbal, physical or sexual abuse to family dysfunction such as domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, or the absence of a parent. This data was reported in the Dec 17th, 2010 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In the report, Dr. Lee M. Sanders, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine said that "There is a connection of these events to lifelong implications, not just for mental health for adults, but also for physical health." Valerie J. Edwards, team lead for the Adverse Childhood Experiences Team at CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, says that a person who has several of these events is more likely to get cancer and heart disease. In the report, Edwards said. "This is serious and it's not just a quirk of statistics. It's a real relationship." FULL POST

Posted 11/23/10 at 12:51 PM | Dale Fletcher

A Thankful Attitude is Good for Your Health

Being thankful is healthy.  That's what the research continues to show.  An article in today's Wall Street Journal health and wellness section addresses recent research that indicates that people who are thankful are happier and healthier. Should we be surprised? Nope, because our Creator gives us that principle in his guidebook for living, the Bible.  And, when we follow his principles for living, we'll generally be healthy. Here are a few of the scriptures that instruct us to have a thankful heart and attitude:

  • "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • "And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:20
  • "And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness." Colossians 2:6-7
  • "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever." Psalm 118:1 FULL POST

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