First Baptist Church in Lumberton – under the leadership of Dr. TR Murray and PHW Liaison Jay Leggette – is participating in the Partners in Health and Wholeness Certification Program, demonstrating their commitment to health as a practice of their faith. They serve healthier food and beverage options at church meetings and events, maintain tobacco-free buildings, and incorporate physical activity into weekly worship services. First Baptist, located in one of NC’s unhealthiest counties, recognizes the importance of preserving the health of its members.
This video captures Dr. Murray reading a healthy food, beverage and physical activity policy to the congregation. Perhaps your place of worship can do the same, or maybe start a community garden, or perhaps participate in a local 5k run? The possibilities are endless and the rewards are great. By promoting healthy lifestyles, we can help reduce the healthcare burden on our state and improve the quality of life for God’s people.
For other creative ways to incorporate health and wellness into the life of your church, please visit the PHW website: www.healthandwholeness.org.
-Willona Stallings, PHW Program Coordinator