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Model for Healthy Living Introduction with Reflections

Created by Church Health, the Model for Healthy Living celebrates the complex, interconnected web of life. It’s a tool for individuals to use to take charge of their own health, and it’s a tool for congregations to use to help us all understand that faithful discipleship in body-and-spirit living is the wholeness that God created us to live in. True wellness is about an ongoing journey of understanding the bonds that tie together the various dimensions of our lives—and also tie us to one another. Faith Life, Medical, Movement, Work, Emotional, Nutrition, and Friends and Family are all part of the balance that fills our lives with joy, love, and stronger connections to God. This booklet helps to assess your life, set attainable goals, and celebrate the joy of healthy living. The following pages offer ways to practically incorporate this resource into your life, congregation and community.

8 Ways to Use the Model for Healthy Living Introduction with Reflections

  1. Personal tool.
    Find inspiration for setting your own health goals. Discover where your life is most out of balance and use the helpful goal-setting tools to write your own wellness vision.
  2. Family discussion.
    Include the whole family in learning to talk about health and wellness with new language. Adapt the brief self-assessment questions for each of the seven sections in age-appropriate ways for your family members and share your answers with each other so you can find ways to encourage one another.
  3. Neighbor conversations.
    Perhaps one of the thought-starters will get you thinking, and you can share what you’re pondering with a neighbor to take your interaction to a deeper level and build deeper, more supportive connections for better health.
  4. Opening devotions.
    In your congregation, the reflections the booklet offers work well for opening devotions in various group meetings, whether choir practice, health ministry team meetings, or leadership team. Choose one or two of the thought-starters for brief discussion.
  5. Health ministry posters.
    Mix and match parts of each of the seven sections of the Model for Healthy Living to create posters. The introductory paragraphs, the Scripture focus, and the Taking Action tips are especially simple and clear to use in poster format displayed around the church building.
  6. Youth ministry.
    The simple format is adaptable to various ages and group sizes, including youth groups. Middle and high schoolers are at an important age to develop healthy habits and, even more important, to understand how doing so is part of living as faithful disciples of Christ.
  7. Class structure.
    The booklet outlines a simple format that progresses through a class outline: introduction and check-in, Scripture focus, reflection on the passage, brief time for private self-assessment, thought-starters for discussion, and ideas for taking action, either individually or as a group. Take any of these steps deeper as time and setting allow.
  8. Community events.
    If your congregation plans a health-related outreach for the community, the Model for Healthy Living may provide structure to the event, such as a health fair that intentionally features the seven areas of the Model for Healthy Living.


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