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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    May 19, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
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    Faith-based weight loss programs are not new. Remember the Weigh Down Workshop craze in the 1990's? Its popularity sharply declined when founder Gwen Shamblin was accused of denying the Trinity in 2000.

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