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September 5, 2008
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From the editor — January 1 will be the kick-off date for the NAD-wide “InStep for Life Fitness Challenge,” a program launched by the Health Ministries Department to encourage and improve fitness among our church leaders and members. Conference and church leaders will be expected to initiate the program for their workers and members.

 Many areas are not waiting for January and have already begun the program, and are receiving an enthusiastic response.

 The division and GC offices are making plans to begin the program for everyone in the GC complex on October 1. 


— InStep for Life Fitness Challenge —

How can InStep for Life help your conference? For starters, getting employees into an exercise program can reduce healthcare costs by reducing disease. It improves brain function. It reduces absenteeism. It helps show others in the community that we are serious about health and caring for our body temples. It helps us to follow God with more energy and clearer thinking, and it glorifies Him. 

Exercise appears to be the “magic bullet” for better health and faster, more permanent weight loss. It helps us live longer and more productively. The health benefits of simply walking are astonishing! Not only does walking help to reduce stress and depression, it also reduces the risk of developing or dying from heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, and various cancers. If we walk daily we can reduce the risk of dying from all major illnesses by as much as 50% to 75%.

Could walking also be used as an evangelistic tool? Dr. Don Morgan from Tennessee Middle State University thinks so. He suggests that the simple action of walking and talking with your neighbor could result in the biggest evangelistic outreach we have ever achieved. If you prefer walking alone, you can engage in Prayer Walking, praying for your neighborhood and people there while you are walking through it.

Organize your conference. The best way to stay with an exercise program is to do it with a friend or in a group. Check with your conference Health Ministries director to learn what has been planned for your conference, and for assistance to organize and inspire your conference workers, institutions and churches to form InStep for Life groups. Encourage each person to go to the InStep for Life web site and sign up for membership. Conferences may wish to offer incentives, such as a day off to those who log the most exercise or who are the most faithful. Encourage and assist each person to get a membership and a pedometer to measure the number of steps they take.Many conferences are already planning participation and are laying foundations for a strong program in the next two months.

Organization: Four committees have worked hard to design a program that is scientifically sound, simple and inexpensive. They are listed under “Contacts” at the website.

Leaders — Use the InStep for Life Fitness Challenge Website at www.instepforlife.com. At the bottom of the page is a link for “Coordinator Resources.” Encourage your members to visit the website and become a member.

Everyone is encouraged to join, whether they are part of a group or not. Each person is encouraged to do 30 minutes of some type of exercise every day. Get a pedometer (offered at the website) to help you be more aware of how many steps you take each day, and set a goal of at least 10,000 steps per day. Log your daily activity. As you record your activity on the website, take a virtual walk in the steps of Jesus; a missionary trip with Paul; hike some famous trails, such as the John Muir Trail, Pacific Crest Trail; hike the Oregon coast or Mt. Rainier. Take a virtual historical or an international trip.

Get InStep with God, with your church and with your community by joining us in this program specifically developed for all church members within the North American Division. By following this simple yet effective program you will enjoy healthier, happier and more productive lives which enable’s you to better serve God, your family and your community.  



Managing Editor – Lynetta Murdoch

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