Posts Tagged ‘health’

Nutrition and Health

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by Diane Chandler

Every once in a while, I’m challenged to consider how I am taking care of my overall physical health and wellness.  I need reminding because in our face-paced culture, it is so easy to skip meals, purchase fast food, give little thought to nutrition, and then end up selecting unhealthy food choices.  Take a look at the Sugar Stacks website for how much sugar is in the beverages we consume.

Since I work in a university, I’m astounded by the amount of money that students (and others!) drop in vending machines. Healthy eating is a key to optimal health.  Furthermore, healthy lifestyle behaviors contribute to our longevity (no surprise here!). Read the rest of this entry »

Health Care Begins with You!

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 by Diane Chandler

When I’m 95 years old (and I hope to live that long in good health!), I don’t want someone to have to pull me out of a chair.  I want to live a long, healthy life and be used by God to fulfill His purposes.  Don’t you?

The human body is truly fearfully and wonderfully created by God. Good physical health positively impacts our spirits, minds, and emotions. Conversely, poor health negatively influences these areas.  In our fast-paced world, we may tend to unintentionally ignore the healthy care of our bodies because of busyness, stress, and other important priorities.  Yet our holistic health is vital for our longevity (remember, I want to live to be 95!).

I place a high value on physical health and wellness and have experienced their positive short- and long-term benefits.  I’m trying to model the message of healthy living that I espouse.  I have a long ways to go, but I’m committed to honor God through faithful stewardship of my physical body.  Just think…when the Lord sought for a home for His Spirit, He chose the believer’s body.  Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit

Think with me for a moment.  In the US, one in four deaths is attributed to cancer, many of which are preventable.  Because of three close friends being diagnosed with cancer in the past two years, I’m more convinced than ever that we need to give due attention to proper nutrition, hydration, physical exercise, sleep, and stress reduction.  (I’ll be occasionally discussing these topics in future blog posts.)  The recent book by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life, chronicles one doctor/scientist’s personal journey with cancer and how he discovered some key principles to regain health. 

I applaud First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity.  However, our government alone cannot insure public health.  We all need to make life style changes that contribute to our wellness and longevity.  Health care begins with you!

When was the last time you heard a sermon or teaching in church on stewarding our physical health and wellness?  In light of the increasing federal deficit, what future role might the church play in fostering physical health and wellness in local communities?