Branda Polk

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FIRST-PERSON: Diabetes: A lifestyle disease

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--Joanne was a dedicated wife and mother. She gave her all for her family, her community and her ministry in her local church.

FIRST-PERSON: Keeping a healthy cholesterol level

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--According to the American Heart Association, one out of every three adult Americans -- an estimated 105 million people -- have border-line high (200-239 mg/dl) or too high (240 mg/dl and above) blood cholesterol levels.

FIRST-PERSON: A healthy look at yourself

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--When is the last time that you compared yourself to someone else? Maybe it was the last time you saw an ad on TV or the cover of a magazine. Maybe it was at the last church function.

FIRST-PERSON: Good health requires fruit of the Spirit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--After a lengthy conversation with Valerie regarding her increasing weight and overall decline in health, I began to process some of the motivations and requirements for a Christian to live a healthy, Christ-honoring lifestyle.

FIRST-PERSON: Raising healthy children

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--According to a report from the Journal of the American Medical Association, 15.5 percent of 12-19 year olds are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity is rising at a rate that parallels the adult population. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 60 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight of obese.

FIRST-PERSON: New data on blood pressure

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer" because most people do not know they have it until they experience either a stroke or heart attack.

FIRST-PERSON: Stress stoppers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The uncertain times we live in can cause us to experience the effects of stress and stress-related illnesses or complications. Stress is the wear and tear your body experiences due to the changes that occur as a part of living.

FIRST-PERSON: Fit for ministry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Are you able to do what God calls you to do whenever he calls you to do it? Are you ready spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically for ministry? Because we are whole people created to live in physical bodies, we must be physically fit for effective ministry.

FIRST-PERSON: Heart disease has no religious affiliation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--February has been designated as "American Heart Month" by the American Heart Association (AHA) to raise the awareness of heart disease and its risk factors. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute estimates that the lifetime risk for developing coronary heart disease (CHD) is very high. They estimate that "one out of every two men and one out of every three women aged 40 and under will develop CHD" within their lifetimes, based on research from the Farmington Heart Study. This alarming statistic has no regard for race, color or religious affiliation, Christian or otherwise. If you are not aware of the risk factors and do not properly care for your body, you are at risk.

FIRST-PERSON: Weight loss secrets from real losers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Was one of your goals for the coming year to lose weight and keep it off? According to the Centers for Disease Control, it's a good chance this goal would benefit you since 61 percent of the U.S. population is overweight or obese. Body weight that is higher than recommended for your body frame increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer and orthopedic problems such as knee, hip and back pain. Health experts agree that if you are overweight, losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can have significant health benefits.