During April and May, the Olive Branch, Miss., Church hosted a CREATION Health Seminar at the local Methodist Hospital. The CREATION Health Seminar encompasses God’s eight principles of living life to the fullest: Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal Relationships, Outlook, and Nutrition. When Cary Fry, pastor, presented the idea to Methodist Hospital’s Jennifer Garrott, congregational health leader, and Joseph Reneger, chaplain, both were excited to have a presentation of this nature presented at their hospital.
Each evening different professionals in their fields were brought in to educate the audience on the various aspects of CREATION health. Neuropsychologist Brandon Baughman, Ph.D., started the first night’s presentation on the power of Choice.
OB-GYN and family practitioner Carl Pean II, M.D., presented on the body’s essential need for Rest. Pean stressed the importance of proper rest by focusing on the amount of sleep one gets at night, as well as taking that special day of rest God designed for at creation — the Sabbath.
Fry presented on improving one’s Environment with simple suggestions like bringing color and playful sounds into your environment — for example, the sounds of rustling wind dancing through the trees. NASA studies have shown that living, green, and flowering plants remove several toxic chemicals from the air in building interiors.
Physical therapist Jason Hall presented on the importance of Activity and regular exercise. Hall stressed to the audience that any physical movement was better than no movement at all, and this is also true with brain health. Reading, doing puzzles, or even learning a new language keep the brain sharp.
Makeba Garrison, chaplain, presented on Interpersonal Relationships. He discussed that although social support is probably one of the least focused areas in health, it is one of the most powerful influences.
Mary Karen Dixon, hospital nutritionist, presented on Nutrition and how fruits and vegetables that God made are the best foods to eat. She enforced this by telling the audience the closer the food is to the ground, the better it is for you.
Gulf States | November 2017