Press Release: GBPHB Launches Enhanced Center for Health Website

For Immediate Release
April 18, 2012

Contact: M. Colette Nies, Managing Director, Communications
(847) 866-4296 or cnies@gbophb.org

Glenview, IL—The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) today announced the launch of the enhanced Center for Health website and the initiative’s mission to help elevate the importance of health and wellness across the denomination.

Center for Health’s Mission
The Center for Health (CFH) seeks to improve multiple dimensions of health and well-being—physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial—of clergy and lay workers of The United Methodist Church and their families. CFH offerings include: strategic consultation, programs and information, monitoring and assessment, and collaboration with other UMC organizations, including the General Board of Discipleship, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the General Commission on Religion and Race, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, and Drew Theological School.

Website Enhancements
The website contents are practical and educational, as well as specific to the UMC population and its unique needs.

  • Five Dimensions of Health—in-depth information on each dimension and how each affects healthy lifestyles
  • Programs—unique programs offered through the CFH including: health risk assessment, health coaching and an interactive walking program
  • Trends and Research—clergy health studies, trusted and timely wellness information and data
  • UMC Health Ministry Network—a collaboration with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR Health) to promote health ministry initiatives across congregations and communities, and tools for parish nurses/health advocates
  • Resources—tools, materials, information and ideas for individuals and congregations
  • Wellness Navigators/Wellness Ambassadors Network—promotes, implements and monitors key wellness strategies and activities, selected by annual conferences to promote the health of its leaders and congregations

The enhanced website extends Center for Health information and resources to a wider audience with the intention of improving the health of clergy and lay workers, and strengthening the vitality and reach of the Church’s mission and ministry.

To learn more about the Center for Health and explore the enhanced website, please visit www.wespath.org/center-for-health/.

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About the Center for Health

The Center for Health seeks to improve multiple dimensions of health and well-being—physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial—of clergy and lay workers of The United Methodist Church and their families. Center for Health offerings include strategic consultation and collaboration for plan sponsors, comprehensive programs, information and educational resources focusing on wholistic* health and wellness, long-term clergy health monitoring and assessments, and network coordination with other UMC agencies, seminaries and conferences.

* Note: The “w” should be used with the word wholistic* when speaking of health ministry and parish/faith community nursing. The Rev. Dr. Granger Westberg first advocated the use of the term "wholistic" rather than "holistic," to more closely relate the term to wholeness and to avoid confusion with the term "holistic" that connotes non-religious alternative health care practices. The connotation of the “w” in this specialty practice is the Christian faith instead of the holistic without the “w,” which connotes no specific faith or belief.

About the General Board

The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) is a not-for-profit administrative agency of The United Methodist Church, responsible for the general supervision and administration of the retirement, health and welfare benefit plans, programs and funds for more than 74,000 clergy and lay employees of the Church.

GBPHB is the largest faith-based pension fund in the United States; with approximately $17 billion in total assets under management, it ranks among the top 100 pension funds in the country. As a socially responsible investor, GBPHB is actively involved in shareholder advocacy, proxy voting, portfolio screening and community investing.

 

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