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St. Vincent’s Clergy Wellness Initiative calls for applicants

By Gary Lloyd

BIRMINGHAM — St. Vincent’s Health System is calling for applicants for the next class of its Clergy Wellness Initiative, which helps local faith leaders meet their health goals through a tailored wellness program.

Since the Clergy Wellness Initiative kicked off in 2012, more than 30 clergy members have participated in the 10-month program. Participants work out with a personal trainer, receive membership at the St. Vincent’s Birmingham Bruno Fitness Center and attend monthly wellness programs. The program culminates with a 5K walk/run in which participants are encouraged to invite their clergy members to accompany them to celebrate their health and wellness journey.

“At St. Vincent’s, we understand that clergy members are often so busy taking care of others, that they don’t take the time to take care of themselves,” said Dr. Chastity McDavid, the Program Lead for the Clergy Wellness Initiative. “We started this program because we wanted to give these leaders the knowledge and tools to live healthier lifestyles and empower others to follow in their footsteps.”

If interested in applying, contact McDavid at 205-930-2430, ext. 22430, or at Applicants must be a licensed or ordained clergy member in a senior leadership position of a local ministry. The deadline for applications is May 16. The program will start in August and continue until June 2015.

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