Physical & Behavioral Healthy Life Choices
MOTIVATING PHYSICAL AND BEHAVIORAL LIFE CHOICES FOR ALL IN OUR REGION
“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
Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee extends the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of our community.
Examples of Specific Initiatives
- 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!
- 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 a pedometer/digital monitoring bracelet distribution that could be sponsored by a regional health provider.
- Coping Skills for Children & Families Impacted by COVID-19: 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.
- Other Projects Related to Healthy Life 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.