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community health, faith-based organizations (FBOs), faith community nursing, health promotion, obesity, weight loss



  1. Whisenant, Debra
  2. Cortes, Cyndi
  3. Hill, John


ABSTRACT: Obesity and related chronic diseases are on the rise in the United States. At the same time, 69% of Americans are religious, while 40% attend church regularly. This study evaluated the health benefits of two different biblically-based health promotion programs offered through rural and metropolitan churches with varying resources. Participants in both programs experienced weight loss and positive health changes, supporting that churches can be an effective way to promote health in America.