take these 5 steps to better health

HEALTHY LIVING: Take These 5 Steps To Better Health

How do we achieve optimum health? In mind, body, and spirit, we honor God when we acknowledge that we are His workmanship. Romans 12:1 (NIV) says: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Maintaining our health is one of the best gifts we can give to God, but along with prayer, exercise, and healthy eating, there are many other ways to worship him daily:

1.  Speak The Good News. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Speaking light not only builds the Kingdom, it also helps to keep you healthy through faith and hope (Isaiah 61).
2.  Live by faith, not by sight (Matthew 6:22).  A large percentage of what enters our bodies daily is not through our mouths but through our eyes and ears. Be sure that the imagery and media you ingest daily is edifying for you, for your family, and for the Kingdom (Proverbs 15:30).
3.  Our attachments can make us sick (Exodus 20:3-6). Bad habits can be destructive to our health and well-being.  Even in our compassion for others, we can sometimes internalize their afflictions and demons. Gently remind others that laying their burdens on Jesus connects them to an eternal wellspring of life and health (Romans 12:2).
4.  “Physician, heal thyself!” More and more, we’re relying on statistics, pills, and physicians who do not share our faith in the transformative, healing power we have through Jesus Christ (Matthew 8:1-17).
5.  Guard your heart. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans today. Maintaining the health of your heart and accessing the power of God’s universe through Christ is key to a healthy and abundant life (Proverbs 4:23).

“HEALTHFUL” LINKS:

  • STAYING FIT – For more information on how to stay fit and to eat healthily, click below to download Health.gov’s Dietary and Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Please click the link to download the PDF: https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/resources/2015-2020_Dietary_Guidelines.pdf
  • HEALTHY FAMILY – For more information on recipes and healthy eating, including projects for children and the family, please click below to go to Choose My Plate.gov. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
  • HEART HEALTH – For facts on heart disease, stroke, and their risk factors, click the link to download the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – At-a-Glance.  https://www.heart.org/idc/groups/ahamah-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_470704.pdf
  • GOOD NUTRITION – To learn more about nutritional topics such as Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs, Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets, Food Shopping, Cooking, Meal Planning and more, please click the link to access Nutrition.gov. http://www.nutrition.gov/
  • MEN’S HEALTH. For more information on ways to stay fit and other men’s health initiatives, please click the link to go to Men’s Health Month.org. http://www.menshealthmonth.org/West Angeles LOGO
  • WOMEN’S HEALTH – For more information on women’s health and fitness, please click the link to go to Women’sHealth.gov.

This blog provides general information and discussions about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this blog, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.  If you or any other person has a medical concern, you should consult with your health care provider or seek other professional medical treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency services immediately.

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