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via: The Huffington Post

Church Health Programs Needed, But Not At The Pulpit, African-American Survey Shows


The separation between church and the state of your health may be narrowing, according to a new study released in the journal Health Promotion Practice this week.

In a survey of more than 1,200 members of 11 African-American churches in North Carolina, an overwhelming majority of congregants said they believe that the church has a responsibility to promote healthy living within the community they serve.

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“Many of us who’ve grown up in the church understand its historical context, and know that churches function beyond spiritual guidance and social support,” said lead study author Adebowale A. Odulana, M.D., an internist and pediatrician at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nevertheless, Odulana says he was surprised at how many African Americans believe their church is responsible for promoting health in their members and the community.

But what may be more surprising is how those congregants say they’d like to receive those messages about their health — by way of interactive workshops and health fairs instead of from the pulpit.

In New York, cardiologist Ola Akinboboye has proposed a different approach —changing the food people consume at church, and ultimately influencing the way they eat at home.

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