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Journal of Christian Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3182a5f5a2
Feature: parish nursing/research

Is Faith-Based Health Promotion Effective? Results From Two Programs

Whisenant, Debra; Cortes, Cyndi; Hill, John

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Obesity and related chronic diseases are on the rise in the United States. At the same time, 69% of Americans are religious, while 40% attend church regularly. This study evaluated the health benefits of two different biblically-based health promotion programs offered through rural and metropolitan churches with varying resources. Participants in both programs experienced weight loss and positive health changes, supporting that churches can be an effective way to promote health in America.

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