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Blame the parents….!!

My Mum was an excellent cook, which was just as well as she and my father ran a seaside hotel which boasted ‘all home-cooked meals’. So we didn’t just have a Sunday joint, but joints every day of the week! Turkey and fresh salmon all on one day wasn’t bad for the early 1950s when…

As a man thinks……

Why are mental problems and disabilities on the rise? Could it be that we overlook the Bible’s keys to healthy, positive thinking?   It has been reported that five of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide … are mental conditions, these being: major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, alcohol abuse and obsessive-compulsive disorders. In addition,…

Exercise can help prevent dementia

Exercise throughout a person’s life plays a significant role in reducing the risk of developing dementia, a study spanning 35 years has found. The research by Cardiff University followed a group of 2,235 men aged between 25 and 49 from Caerphilly, just north of Cardiff, since 1979 and found the five factors that were integral…

Swimming against the tide

Last month I addressed the question: Should the church teach health education? Encouraged by the response to this article I am continuing in a somewhat similar vein this month. Becoming a committed Christian is to choose, by default, to swim against the tide. Indeed, it can be argued that it is impossible to follow Christ…

Physical Fitness – How much do you know?

Physical fitness – How much do you know? Test your general knowledge about physical fitness by taking this test. The answers and explanation follow. TRUE or FALSE? 1. Muscle weighs more than fat. 2. Maintaining physical fitness requires major lifestyle changes. 3. “No pain, no gain” is a workout myth. 4. Weight loss should be…

Introducing Stop Dieting ~ Start Living’s new support personnel

We have recently joined the Fit for Life Forever team to provide support for the “Stop Dieting & Start Living” course. It was great meeting so many people at the Sandown CRE in early May and having discussions about the possible application of the course within their local communities and the level of support that…

Should the church deliver health education?

Presenting our health-related ministry at the Christian Resource Exhibition was a fascinating experience. I choose the word ‘fascinating’ very deliberately, because, whatever else it achieved, it was quite an eye-opener in respect to human (Christian?) behaviour in respect to this hot topic. Strange isn’t it, that whilst the vast majority of churches now accept the…

Obesity, satiety and speed-eating

When I was growing up my parents owned a small hotel by the seaside and I was required to do the waitressing. I quite liked the job (which earned me tips and pocket money!) but it meant that I had to fit my own eating into a very small window – either in the five…

He restores the years

I have just been reading Susan Ruff’s article for this month on Summer Fitness and had to smile when I came to the heading marked OAP, which in Susan’s terms of reference stands for Older Active Person! I’m 65 next month so-yes- I’ve had five years already to get used to the idea of being…

A place of Grace

The other day I stumbled across an article written by a lady who (like so many of us) has battled hard and long over the issue of emotional eating. When we fail to live up to our hopes and expectations we can easily beat ourselves up with feelings of guilt and shame, but this ultimately…

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