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Mental Health: Clergy Job Often Equals Stress
Answering God’s call shouldn’t be bad for your health. But for about half of all ordained United Methodist clergy, it is. Close to 50 percent of United Methodist clergy who answered a survey conducted by the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits said their jobs stressed them out.

2013 HEALTHIES Recipient Spotlight: Shawn-Marie Riley
This posting from the Virgin HealthMiles Member Blog profiles a participant who has lost 300 pounds since joining the program.

GBPHB’s Center for Health Receives National Business Group on Health’s 2013 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Award
The Center for Health was among 65 U.S. employers honored by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) with its 2013 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award, presented at the annual Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. on May 22, 2013.

2013 Clergy Health Survey Report Available
Clergy health continues to be an important issue in The United Methodist Church. Over 1,600 active U.S. United Methodist clergy participated in our second annual Clergy Health Survey in 2013.

Clergy Striving to Live Healthier Lifestyles
This article on the Nebraska Conference's website tells the stories of three Nebraska Conference clergy who are striving to live healthier lifestyles.

Recognizing the Importance of Good Health Throughout a Clergy Career
This article from the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women in The United Methodist Church examines issues that impact the health of female clergy. It was published in the December 2012 edition of The Flyer newsletter.

General Agencies Join Forces on Clergy Health
Three General Agencies pledged to reach out to and involve Church leadership in the denominational effort focused on clergy health and wholeness, with the intention of continuing and enabling Church vitality across the Connection.

Rethink church food, experts say – and hold the fried chicken
Church folks love to eat together, and they usually don’t eat healthy food. But now, Dr. Scott Morris says, it’s time to change the menu.

Ironman pastor shows ‘Anything is Possible’
The Reverend Scott Sharp from Central United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, N.M., competed in an Ironman Triathlon in May. This profile examines how he overcame illness to compete in this high endurance event. The article also contains links to stories about the Center for Health's annual clergy health survey and tips for improving clergy health.

Center for Health Releases Clergy Health Survey Results 
This press release summarizes findings from the Center for Health's 2012 Clergy Health Survey, and provides a link to the complete survey report.

South Georgia Clergy Shed Pounds, Focus on Health
This article from takes an in-depth look at how clergy and their spouses have utilized Center for Health programs and resources in their efforts to improve their health.


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