Initiative 1 – Physical and Behavioral Healthy Life Choices

Life is not merely being alive, but being well.
Marcus Valerius Martialis (40 – 103 AD)

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also
more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the
burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Envisioned Goal: Trinity seeks proposed projects that will motivate, encourage, educate, and transform the daily health choices made by our region’s residents by encouraging positive choices or diminishing negative ones. A range of needs/challenges has been identified, including but not limited to: behavioral health issues – depression and anxiety, opioid addiction education and awareness, obesity prevention, smoking cessation, nutrition choices, regular exercise, and wellness education. Trinity seeks projects that will measurably impact the regional health choices over the long term.

Background: Trinity is sensitive to the specific physical and behavioral needs created by the long-term impact of the pandemic. Families have been affected by a sense of loss and instability both in the community and their own homes. These needs will inevitably remain for the foreseeable future. Support systems are essential in providing the necessary foundation to begin a recovery process for families.

Examples of Specific Initiatives:

  1. Community Weight Loss Program:  Pastor Rick Warren has co-authored a community weight-loss plan – The Daniel Plan – that combines healthy eating with peer encouragement. Perhaps a group in our region would like to engage the broader community in a program to encourage reading this book, acting on its methods and leading to a healthier region!
  2. Community Exercise Awareness Program:  Is there a successful community exercise program in another region that could be studied and implemented in our region to encourage physical exercise and lifelong healthy habits? The NFL has a program called Play60 that encourages youth to exercise daily in their community. Are there tie-ins for our region to leverage? Might include pedometer/digital monitoring bracelet distribution that could be sponsored by a regional health provider.
  3. Coping Skills for Children/Families Impacted by COVID: Anxiety and depression are on the rise among many in our community, especially children. The extended social isolation and loneliness associated with the pandemic are wreaking havoc on families. Parental stress from job loss, limited resources, virtual school decisions, and the disease itself have
    impacted families emotionally and mentally. Programs might include a component to encourage social interaction, teach coping skills to children experiencing a sense of loss, and/or provide a support structure for
    struggling families
  4. Other Projects Related to Healthy Choices: Partners with innovative ideas and/or successful projects from other regions related to healthy life choices are encouraged. Other ideas might address innovative outreach for healthy grocery food access; youth educational programs to teach good eating & exercise habits; programs to encourage positive youth choices related to avoiding smoking, alcohol consumption, illegal drugs, abuse of prescription drugs and youth pregnancy.