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St. Vincent’s celebrates Clergy Wellness Initiative

By Gary Lloyd

BIRMINGHAM — St. Vincent’s Health System celebrated its 32 Clergy Wellness Initiative participants at the second annual 5K Walk/Run at Samford University on June 7.

Clergy represented various denominations from the Birmingham area.

The event concludes the second class of the St. Vincent’s Clergy Wellness Initiative, which helps local faith leaders meet their health and wellness goals. Participants in the program, along with their clergy members, completed the 3.1 miles to show their dedication to improving their health.

The St. Vincent’s Clergy Wellness Initiative is a tailored wellness program in which St. Vincent’s gives local clergy members the tools to accomplish their personal health goals. Thirty-two clergy members participated in the class, which kicked off in October 2013. Over the last 10 months, participants have worked out with a personal trainer, received membership at the St. Vincent’s Birmingham Bruno Fitness Center, and attended monthly wellness programs on a wide range of topics.

“As the program continues to grow over the years, we’re excited to see more and more clergy members making health and wellness a top priority,” said Dr, Chasity McDavid, PhD, MPH, Program Lead, St. Vincent’s Clergy Wellness Initiative. “These clergy members are learning to make better diet and exercise choices that are empowering them to not only improve their own health, but also their congregations.”

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