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 5/25/12 at 10:42 AM | Dale Fletcher
The Canadian National Post carried an article - Attending Religious Services Linked to Better Health - earlier this week about a study that was conducted in Canada. The authors of the research say that is the first of its kind in Canada to link heart-related health and religious observance.
Ananya Banerjee, the epidemiologist who headed the research, and her colleagues looked at 5,400 people surveyed in Saskatchewan. They found that those who went to church or attended other religious services more than once a week were almost 20% less likely to suffer from hypertension and had 40% less chance of being diabetic. Fewer of the frequent churchgoers reported coronary-heart disease, as well, but the difference was deemed not statistically significant.
Posted 5/8/12 at 3:56 PM | Dale Fletcher
One out of every three children in America are overweight or obese. Two out of every three adults are overweight or obese.
On Tuesday, May 8th, the Institute of Medicine released a report that recommends, in their opinion, comprehensive strategies for addressing the nation’s continuing obesity epidemic and calls on leaders of all sectors to accelerate action to advance those strategies. The release was a highlight of the second day of the 2012 Weight of the Nation conference, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report highlights five key goals for reversing the epidemic:
Posted 4/6/12 at 11:04 AM | Dale Fletcher
How does the blood of Jesus relate to the care of your body and health?
Jesus paid a high price for our lives and for our freedom from sin. As Christians, we're especially sensitive to this during Easter Week as we're reminded of what he went through in the hours before he was crucified on the cross and of the horrific death he experienced. It was not only the physical brutality and death that Jesus had to endure, he was spiritually separated from his Father for a period of time. This had to be the worst thing that the Son of God experienced in his life.
Paul reminds us that Jesus paid a high price for us:
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
In this passage, Paul also instructs us to honor God with our body. Are you doing that?
Are you careful about what you put into your body, God's temple? Are you keeping it pure by not having sexual relations outside of marriage? Are you giving your body a healthy dose of physical activity? Are you giving it the regular rest it needs? Do you get adequate sleep on an on-going basis? Do you keep your eyes from viewing or reading content that would be distasteful to God? Are you using your body in service for His Kingdom? FULL POST
Posted 3/22/12 at 2:18 PM | Dale Fletcher
Regular churchgoers seem to do better than non-churchgoers or occasional churchgoers in terms of their daily positive wellbeing experiences. This is the finding of a recent analysis of data from more than 300,000 interviews collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index in 2011.
Not only do Americans who attend a church, synagogue, or mosque frequently report having higher wellbeing in general, but they also get an extra boost to their emotional state on Sundays -- while the rest of Americans see a decline in their mood.
In short, most Americans, religious and secular, feel happier on the weekend than during the week as there is greater chance for leisure and/or opportunity to spend time with one's family and friends. Read more of the details of this study at this site.
Posted 3/20/12 at 10:33 AM | Dale Fletcher
The warm temperature and additional sunlight in early Spring brings life to our earth. Tulips, hyacinths, clematis and daffodils begin to appear. Robins show up. Songbirds begin to gather material to build their nests. These are all signs that Winter is transitioning to Spring. And the vibrancy of Spring is synonymous with life.
I was sitting outside earlier this morning for my quiet time with God as I like to do this on nice days, especially in Spring, so I can experience nature and fresh air. The last scripture I read for my devotional prompted me to write this short post. FULL POST
Posted 3/6/12 at 9:08 PM | Dale Fletcher
Another wellness-related newspaper entry has caught my attention. In today's Wall Street Journal, Laura Landro briefly reviews a new book written by Richard Davidson and Sharon Begley titled The Emotional Life of Your Brain. In her review, Landro writes the following:
"Contrary to the old dogma that the brain is genetically fixed in form and function, he (Davidson) says, the new understanding of "neuroplasticity" means the brain has the ability to change in significant ways throughout life, not only as a result of experiences but also by our own mental activity."
Posted 3/3/12 at 4:33 PM | Dale Fletcher
About a week ago a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recommended that a new weight loss prescription drug be approved. The name of the drug is Qnexa. It has been over 12 years since such a weight loss pill came out on the market but it seems like we'll have another one not too far down the road.
In the Review section of this weekend's Wall Street Journal dated March 3–4, Jonah Lehrer writes an he interesting article titled "A Chill Pill for Food's Thrill?" In his column, titled Head Case, Lehrer talks about recent research in the arena of obesity and eating. He cites a study conducted at the Oregon Research Institute where the researchers documented that obese people receive less pleasure from food than normal weight people. According to the researchers, this is one explanation why obese people find it so difficult in losing weight. Lehrer finishes his column with the following paragraphs:
Posted 2/2/12 at 1:25 PM | Dale Fletcher
A physician's body mass index (BMI) may have an impact on how he or she cares for overweight and obese patients, according to a nationwide survey.
Physicians with normal BMI were more likely to engage their patients in weight-loss conversations compared with those who were overweight or obese acording to a study out of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Pastors and churches have as much responsibility to address the health of their members as doctors do for their patients. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and our health status affects our ability to serve the Kingdom with our talents. FULL POST
Posted 1/5/12 at 2:05 PM | Dale Fletcher
In my last post I wrote about studies that have shown that religious activity, specifically church attendance, has been shown to be related to higher levels of obesity. According to several studies, people who regularly attend church are more likely to be obese than those who do not regularly attend. I find this disturbing.
It's not the simple fact that these people are obese in and of itself that is the issue. But the research clearly shows that obesity is linked to higher rates of mortality and other related diseases. Obesity in the United States is also a $179 billion burden on our economy. When obese people have to conend with many of the associated health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and certain cancers these conditions require treatment and the treatment costs money. Imagine if even a fraction of this money could be directed towards missions and the needy. Wouldn't that be a better use of the money? FULL POST
Posted 12/19/11 at 10:53 AM | Dale Fletcher
Religious activity is generally associated with good physical and mental health. But it also is associated with higher rates of obesity. On the surface, this just does not make sense.
A half dozen studies of mortality risks in the last ten years have found that frequent worship attenders were anywhere from 18% to 35% less likely than non-attenders to have died during the time period studied. But there have also been other studies that have shown a strong relationship between church attendance and levels of obesity.
Researcher George Fitchett of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago presented his findings on religion and obesity at a recent joint meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He found that people who attended church services or otherwise participated in organized religion weekly were 62% more like to be obese than those who never participated, according to data that he studied from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis of adults ages 45 to 84 sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. FULL POST