Doctor Oz is helping the congregation at the Abyssinian Baptist Church to get healthy! Mrs. Patricia Butts, the First Lady at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, says that their congregation is on shaky ground when it comes to health – the church wants to be spiritually and physically healthy. The congregation at the Abyssinian Baptist Church is predominantly African American, which means that there is a greater risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension and Heart Disease.
In addition to Mrs. Patricia Butts, Claudine (the main soloist at church), Vicki (the chair of the women’s ministry and a Sunday school teacher) and Joanne are all going to be working together with the congregation to lose weight. There have been too many amputations from diabetes and an increase in the number of people taking medicine for high blood pressure. The recurring theme and problem for everyone is time. Doctor Oz said that on average, each person at the church is 80 pounds overweight and their real age on average is 11 years older than it should be. This means that if the congregation consists of only 1500 people (and they say it is a few times this number), then the church is 60 tons overweight and 17,000 years older than the congregation should be.
Doctor Oz and Latham Thomas, who is a healthy enthusiast and certified personal trainer who coincidentally lives just 2 blocks from the church, came up with the following 3 step plan to get healthy!
Dr. Oz & Latham Thomas: 3 Step Plan to Get Healthy
First Devotional: Add Dr. Oz Option to the Buffet at Church
Latham Thomas said that the chicken and waffles option at the church buffet has a fried protein and empty calories and carbs in the waffles, with very little nutrition on the plate. Instead, try this maple and mustard baked chicken recipe, okra and tomatoes recipe, and sweet potatoes with cinnamon and cumin recipe, which are great for your pancreas and for diabetics.
Second Devotional: Prayer Circle or Buddy System
Everyone should have a person that they will call to give encouragement, advice and guidance to get healthy! Lets form our own buddy circles and groups at JudgmentFreeZone.com to support each other!
Third Devotional: Walk Together
You should walk 10,000 steps a day, and Doctor Oz showed them how to use a Body Bugg, which not only counts how many steps you take every day but also it has an armband that sends messages to your watch for motion detection and sweat and body temperature detection which calculate how many calories you have burned so that you will know if you are eating the right amount, too much, or a little less so that you will lose weight. Join the discussion on top pedometers in the Judgment Free Zone!