Health and Temperance Ministries


Being healthy means so much more than numbers on a scale, calories logged, or miles tracked on a treadmill; it encompasses every aspect of our lives and serves as a built-in barometer for our mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Health is of special importance for believers in the body of Christ, as all parts work together for the overall optimal health of that “body.” By taking a personal inventory and beginning from the inside to seek truth and wisdom, our bodies and minds will be transformed as we find renewed strength and purpose in leading healthful lives.

November Spotlight: The Herthels

In the past 90 days, Pastor Cory Herthel and his wife Christal (pictured with son Hayden) have lost a combined 68 pounds and have experienced several positive changes in their overall health. “We still eat the foods we love, but we've used portion control to reach and maintain a healthy weight,” says Cory. “Sleep apnea and excessive snoring are completely gone for me, Christal's chronic back pain has nearly subsided, and overall we have more energy and alertness through the day which leads to less stress.”

Recipe of the Month

Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
  • 2 tsp olive oil 
  • 1/2 tbsp honey 
  • pinch of salt

Directions Toss all ingredients together and chill for 20 minutes to allow all the flavors to merge. Serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side dish. Enjoy!

Are You Sitting Too Much?

A 2014 meta-analysis suggested that every two hours of sitting increases your risk for certain cancers by 8 to 10 percent, as well as diabetes, heart disease and early death. If life-threatening diseases aren't enough to freak you out, there are more immediate effects: lower energy, muscle atrophy, reduced mobility in our joints and a saggy rear end! On the other hand, standing puts greater strain on the circulatory system and on the legs, feet and back. So if sitting too much is bad and standing too much is also bad, what's the answer? Here are a few tips you can utilize to alternate standing and sitting to improve your overall health:

Sit Less, Stand More To ease neck and back strain, it's important for several of your breaks from sitting to also be breaks from typing. Set a timer until you get into the habit, and stand as often as it makes sense for the task at hand, taking lots of walking breaks and stretching and moving several times throughout the day. You can even get into the habit of staying on your feet while you check your to-do list, organize papers, open mail, and check social media.

Sit and Stand Properly Hunching forward causes pain; compresses your lungs, thus reducing their capacity and depleting you of energy; and puts extra stress on your neck and back. Try to shift sitting positions every 15 minutes or so (put one foot up on your chair, cross one ankle over the other knee, contract and release your glutes). If you're standing, shift your weight from one foot to the other or lift one leg up on your desk in standing pigeon pose.

Choose Something You'll Actually Do What physical activities do you actually enjoy? Whether you're into walking or pedaling, you should ease in—add a bit of movement to your day at a time—so you don't burn out. Move, Especially After You Eat Typically, when a person eats breakfast, lunch or dinner and then sits in a desk chair or on the sofa for the next hour or two, she experiences "mountainous" spikes in blood sugar. But if, instead, she gets up and walks around—even for just 15 minutes—she cuts those blood glucose increases in half. That's important, because those 'mountains' are the number-one physiological predictor of type 2 diabetes. A simple, quick stroll around the office or around the block can cut down on those risks dramatically.

Fight Back With Exercise While there have been conflicting study results as to whether a workout can counteract all the negative health effects of sitting, it doesn't seem likely. That said, functional weight-bearing moves (think squats, kettlebell swings and dead lifts) are the best things “desk jockeys” can do. Standing works your core no matter what you're doing and automatically engages your whole body, so when it comes to cardio, trade your tried-and-true treadmill for a circuit of squat jumps, burpees and jumping jacks. The best part is, you have everything you need to do them with you right now!

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Meet Your Director

Daria Blond, Director
I take a holistic approach to health and healing. The Bible states that “a merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22), and I believe that everything we choose to allow into our bodies, our minds, and our hearts has a direct effect on what comes out, and therefore what defines us. By nurturing, protecting, and strengthening those avenues, I believe anyone can be truly healed.

Upcoming Events

Nutritional Label Workshop: Carbohydrates, Sugar, & Fiber
Date: Saturday January 23rd
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Mt. Pleasant Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1730 E. Pickard Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Overview: Decoding nutritional labels can make healthy eating a challenge. In this workshop, we will look at the relationship between carbohydrates, sugar, and fiber, and teach you to use a product's nutritional label to determine whether its ratios are optimal for your health.

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Available Resources

-A monthly newsletter that features upcoming events, healthy recipes, and local success stories
-Free cooking demonstrations with recipes, samples, and cookbook recommendations
-Seminars, workshops and presentations on various aspects of health
-Addiction recovery 12-step meetings; AA, Al-Anon, GA & EA.
-A community of believers to support and encourage you
-Health-related brochures, magazines, pamphlets, and Bible studies
 -Group exercise opportunities
For questions or more information on upcoming events please email:
[email protected]