By: CarolAnn, M.S., CPT, CN
According to the National Center of Health Statistics of the CDC, the prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults is 39.8%. Even more interesting, the church community may be a breeding ground for this epidemic with statistics suggesting that the church today may indeed be in worse condition than the general population. A 2006 Purdue study found that the fundamental Christians are by far the heaviest of all religious groups led by the Baptists with a 30% obesity rate. In addition, a 2011 Northwestern University study tracking 2,433 men and women for 18 years found that young adults who attend church or a bible study once a week are 50% more likely to be obese.
Now, it is not suggested to stop attending church or participating in the religious community to reduce the risk of obesity. But what IS being addressed is that historically, few churches have addressed the obesity issue or have even seen it as a problem. The church or faith-based community frequently addresses issues such as greed or guilt, but seldom focuses on gluttony. Yet, we as health and fitness enthusiasts have come to experience how we feel physically almost always impacts the spiritual life in a positive way.
This is a huge opportunity for the health and fitness professional to help an audience that is thirsty for expert guidance and instruction that takes place in a safe environment and speaks their language. In fact, The American Council on Exercise (ACE) listed faith-based exercise in their “Top 10 Trends in 2016” as fitness programs become more mainstream in churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. We still have a journey ahead of us, and the need for fitness ministry is stronger than ever. You, the fitness professional, are being sought to help rescue the out-of-shape church community.
Top 3 Reasons Why Churches are Positioned for the FitPro Solution:
Current research suggests continued promise in effective and sustainable obesity prevention through faith organizations. Inspire your church community to truly honor their bodies as the temple and help make a positive impact on the growing obesity crisis within it.
*Sources provided by request.
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CarolAnn, M.S., the creator of Chiseled Faith®, is a 25-year industry veteran holding positions such as program director, studio owner, educator, presenter, and author. She has developed programs for organizations such as FiTOUR, Hydracize, MedFit Network, and PT Global. Along with producing and starring in several fitness videos, she is a health and fitness expert contributor for publications such as Livestrong, PFP, and New Tampa Style Magazine. She is currently on the Health Advisory Board for MedFit Network. She has been selected to be a 2019-2021 National Fitness Hall of Fame Fitness Superstar.
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