First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

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Model For Health Living Week 1

Model for Healthy Living

This model was developed by 
the Church Health Center Wellness Education.

 

Introduction

    Joy or pain in one dimension of our lives inevitably affects other dimensions. Even many medical conditions result from parts of our lives we might not consider medical in nature. A balanced life takes into consideration what is going on not just medically, but in the areas of faith, movement, work, emotions, nutrition, and friends and family. These are the seven area of the Model for Healthy Living.
The Model for Health Living recognizes the relationships between all these parts of our lives and becomes a tool for pursuing balance and satisfaction. If reflects the realities of our everyday lives – familes, jobs, schedule – and reminds us of area we may tend to neglect. One component out of balance affects everything else.

    There is always room for improvement. When we start trying to think that we can be perfect creatures – thinking we can score 100 percent on every part of the Model and achieve “complete health” – we lose the message. We need the gentle reminder to live a healthy life by understanding the nature of wholeness in each of the seven area and in the way they come together in balance.
    We journey together toward the wholeness God wants for us. When we bring all of ourselves to God, not just the outwardly religious parts of our lives, we recognize that life is a sacred gift. By livings it well and with intentionality, we give God thanks for what God first gave us.

During the next 4 weeks there will be this insert with questions for you to think about concerning your life, to improve the balance in your life thus improving your health.

Faith – 3 John 2
In what ways is it easy or hard for you to see body and spirit as 
belonging together?
    Share God’s presence in your life with someone.

 

Movement – John 5:8-9
Name some ways that movement enriches your experience of life.
    Discover what kind of movement feels best for your.

 

Medical – Jeremiah 8:22
How would you describe the role of medical care in your life?
    Find out what recommended preventative screenings you need.

 

Work – Ruth 2:12
In what ways does your work - whether paid or volunteer, whether 
in the home or out - bring meaning to your life?
    Be a positive influence in a group or setting you’re a part of.

 

Emotional – Isaiah 26:3
What are the signals in your life that your are responding to 
stress in unhealthy ways?
    Choose activities that will help relieve stress, such as exercise a
nd deep breathing.

 

Nutrition – John 6:11
What is the connection between food for the body and food for 
the spirit in your life?
    Learn to read and understand nutrition labels.

 

Family & Friends – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
What qualities do you find satisfying in relationships with 
friends and family?
    Arrange to share a meal or activity with friends or family.

 

From Model for Healthy Living Introduction with Reflections 
 Copywite 2014 Church Health Center, Inc. Memphis, TN. Model for Healthy Living

 

If you need help in any of these area’s please come see me. Let me help you help yourself as you seek balance in your whole life. 
Kathy Smith RN.
Faith Community Nurse 
by email at health@nhlakesumchurch.org or call at 524-1330.

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