Faith and Health: Daniel Plan incorporated into area churches

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A new diet idea showing big promise in the Cleveland area. It's called the Daniel Plan and puts the theory of eating whole foods, foods from the earth not from a factory line, in a whole different perspective. It comes from the Cleveland Clinic and used in churches throughout northeast Ohio.

Pastor Vickie Sorrells of Lee Heights Community Church is excited about incorporating it with her congregation wanting to help everyone get healthier.

"We knew we had to make it spiritual we knew we had to connect faith to it," Pastor Sorrells said.


The plan is based on the bible's Book of Daniel.

"He said I'm going to show you by eating from what God has produced from God's earth it's about really taking care of oneself," explained Pastor Sorrells.

The plan highlights faith, food, fitness focus and friends. It was developed at the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine.

"It really makes people more accountable and not just to themselves and the scale," said nutritionist Brigid Titgemeier who's excited about helping implement the 40-day plan in churches throughout the city starting next month. "Usually people do much better when they have support from others, it's one of the biggest components when you are talking long-term sustainable behavior change."

So, what better support group than a congregation?

Pastor Sorrell's church was one of a few where the plan was tried out over the summer, and where they went all out.

"On Sunday it was my responsibility to have something from the pulpit to our bodies are our own temples of God and that it's on loan and we got to take care of it," Pastor Sorrell added.

Between that and the accompanying "how to" tools and resources, not only was there significant weight loss, like the pastor d ropping eight pounds herself we're told, but, there was also general health improvement all around.

The average weight loss is said to be more than five pounds, and the average cholesterol d rop is 14 points. Some who took part the first time around were actually able to get off some medication.

For more information on getting your church involved there is a seminar scheduled for Saturday Nov. 5 at the Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst Campus from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for more information

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