Monthly archive for March 2008

New Orleans Crescent City Classic 10K

New Orleans Crescent City Classic 10K

Members of the First Place group from Doulas Church in Mandeville, Louisiana participated in the New Orleans Crescent City Classic 10K on March 22, 2008. On the bottom row (Left to Right):  Max Miller, Gus Guidry Middle Row (Left to Right):  Rona Cristaboro, Lisa Ebert, Gwen Culotta, Donna Porche, Paulette McDonald, Back Row (Left to Right): Ken Newton, Mary Newton, & Tony Carrone

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Emotional, Spiritual, Mental, Physical

We are approaching the end of a long, difficult labor of love and are expectantly awaiting the delivery of our new baby First Place 4 Health on June 10, 2008.  The original First Place program began in March, 1981.  The first revision occurred in 1991, when LifeWay became our publisher.  The second revision was in 2001, when Gospel Light became our publisher.  This third revision is the first total re-write of the program and has taken two years to complete. The changes are many, beginning with our new name, First Place 4 Health.  As with each change made, we have endeavored to enhance what we have had all along by changing the way we present the materials.  We have not changed the basic tenets of the program, which have always been based on Matthew 6:33, But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given

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A Taste of something NEW

The staff of First Place is just bursting with excitement these days!  We are so excited to soon share with you the First Place 4 Health program – a new and improved version of First Place!  A lot has changed since the last revision back in 2001, and in order to provide you with the best program ever for achieving a healthy weight, as well as establishing godly balance in your life, we have been busily researching and writing new materials for this wonderful program that continues to radically change lives after 27 years this month! In the ever-evolving arena of health and wellness, it is so essential to our credibility and longevity to stay current and fresh.  Trust me, you’ll be thrilled with the improvements once you see them.  And you can do so by keeping in touch through our e-newsletters, our website, and attending either a Kick-off Event

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Exercise: burn fat, don’t store it!

Many people ask, “Do I really have to exercise in order to lose weight?”  Certainly, people have lost a few pounds and not changed their exercise habits, right? The simple answer is that you don’t “have to” exercise, but if you understand the process that happens in your body when you exercise, you will want to!  When you add modest exercise to your lifestyle your body responds in powerful ways that God has designed to improve your health, and the result is that your body actually “releases” fat. One of the most powerful benefits of exercise is improved sensitivity to insulin. In a fit person, up to 90% of calories eaten are burned as fuel in the muscles as insulin does the job of activating muscle cells to receive the glucose. In a less fit person, only 50% or less of calories will be burned as fuel in the muscles.

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Letting Go of Fear

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you. – Isaiah 41:13 To leave something that is known and enter a place that is unknown might seem adventurous to some, but most folks who encounter change experience some level of fear.  I began pursuing a different life for myself when I turned 22.  After spending years walking a path paved by self-destruction, I made a decision to flee from the only life I had known to pursue the unknown.  I knew very little about God, but I was certain that I wanted a different life. Nearly 23 years have gone by since I took my first few steps into that new life of freedom.  I know that I could not have taken one step without my Daddy’s hand holding me up and giving me the

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