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Healthy Churches Now ~ Wellness Program: PROPOSAL


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Healthy Churches Now ~ Wellness Program: PROPOSAL

  1. 1. 1 | P a g e The Healthy Churches Now Grant-Funded Wellness Initiative Author: Michelle Edmonds, M.A., M.Ed Public Health Educator|Author The Serenity Weight Loss and Detoxification Program© 1992
  2. 2. 2 | P a g e PROPOSAL Executive Summary The pilot was launched May, 2013 and funded October, 2013, after it was noticed that a plethora of articles were being published by the mainstream and social media on the obesity epidemic in the church. The author of both the grant and the program is Michelle Edmonds, M.A., M.Ed., owner and co-founder of The Serenity Weight Loss and Detoxification© Program©, a NY corporation established in 1992. The corporation has serviced over 15,000. The extended program is an empowerment curriculum for daily living, teaching strategies to detox the mind, body and spirit, from a psychological and Godly perspective. Statement of Need  African Americans are the most obese people in the world (per CDC data). African-American women, specifically Caribbean sisters are the most obese sub- group, exceeding Black men and Latina’s.  Smaller churches of America, regardless of denomination, often serve congregants with the greatest need, yet with the fewest resources. Clearly they do not have access to Rick Warren's "Dream Team", namely Dr. Oz, Dr. Amen and Dr. Hyman; the men who assisted Rick Warren in designing a program to address obesity in his church. The program is popularly referred to as The Daniel Fast. Project Goals*  Eliminate obesity and promote wellness self care throughout the body of Christ  Reduce the # of participants on medication for diabetes  Reduce the number of participants requiring HBP * As of 2015, the average female starting Serenity weighs: Average female 5’4’ 242 lbs Average Male 5’11’ 265 .Constraints ______________________________________________________________________________________ Due to the virtual nature of the program, we are not able to serve individuals with very low computer literacy
  3. 3. 3 | P a g e Advantages  The program is 100% virtual. Classes, referred to as boot camps, are held on a free conference call line  Instruction manuals are sent via email.  Support is provided via FB chat rooms  Weigh-ins are held 2x’s week via text  Depending on the number of participants in a given city, Serenity holds SPA Day Retreats These reunion type conferences are great fun, because they are typically when challengers meet the coaches and mentors for the first time Eligibility  Any adult over the age of 21, not wheel chair bound or under the care of nursing home staff Minimum Participant Requirements  An email address  Text capability  Email access on a smart phone Time The SERENITY CHALLENGE is actually 14 days; thus when a participant meets the challenge, it is because they have released 10 lbs or more during the first 14 days. The overall program may be modified to 21 or 28 days to match the # of days of a spiritual FAST. Impact: Costs & Risks After the initial installation of the program the wellness program should continue, until weight loss goals start being realized. At this stage, momentum is high. The church leadership or health ministry should leverage this excitement by encouraging participants to continue. If one does not already exist, it is an excellent time to establish a health ministry. The grant enables participants to continue for just $1.00 per day. They feel good because they have access to a private nutritional coach, a service not typically available to people of color. Thus, the continuation schedule is as follows: Registration $25.00 nonrefundable registration fee per person Easy fee processing: @ 90 days $90.00 60 days $60.00
  4. 4. 4 | P a g e Protection from risks:  We do not prescribe medication.  Participants are encouraged to get documentation of the program’s effectiveness from their M.D, such as lowered blood pressure and blood sugar. With the exception of insulin, participants stop medication upon the advice of their MD only.  A 15 minute intake and medical screening is conducted with all participants, prior to beginning the program. The following information is requested of each prospective participant: a) All current medications b) All diagnosed medical conditions c) Current weight, height, age and family medical history d) Current bad food eating habits e) The lab reports of all participants when available, is reviewed by, Michelle Edmonds, program director for THE SERENITY CHALLENGE. However, due to time constraints, this service cannot be provided when program enrollment is less than 30 days Impact: Benefits & Opportunities
  5. 5. 5 | P a g e Project Fit The SERENITY CHALLENGE is an excellent companion to any church fast. We provide support for a healthy, yet restrictive eating lifestyle during the fast, paired with a structured colon and internal cleansing program, done in the privacy of one’s home. However, philosophically, we do not recommend total abstinence from food for medical reasons. We understand that the definition of fast means to abstain, but we disagree that abstain means to abstain from all mealsi ; it could also mean to abstain from certain food items. We see great potential liability in this practice of abstaining from meals for days or for extended periods of time each day. Many individuals have undiagnosed medical problems, such as diabetes or they are already an insulin dependent diabetic. We support fasting that is rooted in ISA 58, however we do not teach participants on fasting. During program implementation our role is one of support to the spiritual leadership. We design a cleansing program, with an eating lifestyle that supports what the church leadership is being led to do for his/her congregants. Nutritional Partner ________________________________________________________ Youngevity liquid multiple vitamins and minerals Starting on or about day #15 of your program, we incorporate Youngevity’s the Healthy Body Start Pak 2.0 Item # 10252 as our core vitamins. The liquid vitamins are used to make meal replacement smoothies, that safely replace solid food during a spiritual fast. We also use Youngevity’s superior mineral formula for those with diabetes, and their mineral formula for those with cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure.
  6. 6. 6 | P a g e Evaluation and Measurement* 90% Release 10 lbs or more during the first 14 days of the program, called THE SERENITY CHALLENGE 96% Of all participants diagnosed diabetic, must stop insulin during the first 14 days 100% Of all participants on insulin need to stop insulin injections after the 1st 30 days 90% M.D’s reduce meds after the 2nd consecutive visit following the program 95% Release 6-10 lbs between weeks 3 and 4 95% Release 5-8 lbs between weeks 5 and 6 * You may expect 6-8 lbs per month thereafter ~Serenity’s average weight loss for 6 weeks is 21 lbs. Marketing The SERENITY CHALLENGE© is offered through the Serenity Weight Loss and Detoxification Program©, that has created of nationwide community of well over 15,000 clients since 1992. We use the following platforms to provide exposure to the church entity as well as to the congregants who participate. Participants must agree to share their success via one or more of these platforms, so that their testimony can inspire others Radio Serenity Radio Network @ eLATION Radio @ Jerry Royce Live @ Jam Vibes Radio Social Media Michelle Edmonds @ Serenity Weight Loss@ Pinterest @ Linked-In @ Groups Healthy Churches NOW
  7. 7. 7 | P a g e References Fat in Church america- churches/ Why Going to Church Can Make You Fat fat/ Frequent Church Goers, Frequently Fatter fatter/ Ga. Pastor:Churches Full of Fat Sheep, Super-Sized on Religion super- sized-on-religion-54666/ Overview of the 4th Pastor’s Forum, Michelle Edmonds, M.A., M.Ed Weight Loss Success in God’s Mighty Army~ Kudos to Pastor Rhonda Bello army.html Dr. Joel Wallach, Live presentation on You Tube i Abstain | Define Abstain at  To hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy (usually followed by from): to abstain from eating meat..