Why Your Church Needs a Dr. Oz
Where do you exercise? Your basement? Your backyard? Your gym? Your church?
Browsing the list of weekly programs offered at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, fitness classes and weight-loss support groups are now listed alongside baptism and leadership training classes.
Warren made headlines last month when he announced his New Year's resolution: to lose a whopping 90 pounds in 2011. Warren is certainly not alone in his goal: Every January, millions of people pledge to lose weight, get in shape, and eat healthier, and evangelical Christians have long used Christ-based fitness programs, like Gwen Shamblin's The Weigh Down Diet and Jordan Rubin's The Maker's Diet, in their personal routines.
What make Warren's announcement headline-worthy was the significant commitment of his church's time and resources to pursuing health and fitness, in the form of what he calls "the Daniel Plan: God's Prescription for Your Health." Developed specifically for Saddleback by Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman, and ...1