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May 18th, 2010
05:07 PM ET

Faith-based weight loss

Interesting story on "American Morning" Tuesday about churches trying get fit.

Here's this post from CNN Medical Producer Matt Sloane:

When I first arrived at the Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia, I noticed two things – the barbecue smoking in the parking lot, and the band setting up inside the sanctuary.

I was there to report on the Fit Body and Soul program – a marriage of prayer and calorie counting – which used the tenets of the bible and the help of local nurses to explain to parishioners why weight loss was so essential.

Originally part of a study from the University of Georgia, Gospel Water Branch continued the Fit Body and Soul program because it was working. Not only was the program established in a place that members already spent a lot of time – their church – they also dealt with the issues the issues that faced all of them: family traditions of unhealthy eating, lack of time and lack of knowledge about how best to lose the weight.

As our meeting in the sanctuary wrapped up, I noticed the rest of the parishioners were back in the kitchen, enjoying ribs fresh from that smoking barbecue; and that I was in for a treat – my first Southern Baptist revival. As a Jewish boy from the Northeast, it’s an experience I’ll never forget.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Baptist • Belief • Culture & Science • Faith • Food

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