On March 25 the Health Ministry, Men’s Ministry, and Women’s Ministry Departments of the First University SDA Church joined forces to launch a year-long fitness program for the entire congregation.
In February the Health Ministries Department in an attempt to assess the health needs of the congregation sent out a survey of topics that members felt they needed more information on. Exercise, dieting, nutrition and weight loss scored the highest and thus an educational model was born.
Through monthly seminars and a little friendly rivalry between the genders, the program was off the ground. During AYS the members of the Health Ministry team which includes: nurses, pharmacists, a medical student, and a personal trainer presented a seminar entitled "Diet, Nutrition, and Exercise".
The community was invited to this seminar to also gain valuable information on how to make appropriate food choices, read a food label, exercise to loose an maintain weight, as well as the benefits of water, fiber, and exercise outside of weight loss.
March 26 was the continuation of this kickoff in which the health personnel took baseline assessments of health such as: blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, body mass index, and hip to waist circumference ratio.
After the results teams were formed and everyone was given a fitness challenge. Men’s and Women’s Ministries provided breakfast and the spiritual focus of the challenge.
The spiritual focus was based upon Joshua 6, which focused on breaking down strongholds in life that prevents the achievement of spiritual and physical goals.
The program will last for the entire year with the teams determining how often they will meet individually and all the teams meeting monthly for a challenge.
Teams will receive points for their performance in the monthly challenges as well as for weight loss over the random weigh-in periods. The gender that performs the best will win a prize as well as the individual who improves their health the most in each gender will win a prize.