Growth Groups for Physical and Mental Wellbeing

The best negotiators recognize the importance of growth, and make it a priority to expand their own wisdom and knowledge on a regular basis.

As children, we go to school for education. As young adults, we go to college to gain advanced degrees in areas of interest. But how do people learn and grow after high school and college? One option is Growth Groups.

Growth Groups are a great first step to meet new friends, learn something new, and have fun. Growth Groups have become particularly popular within communities of faith, where people meet regularly in homes to eat and pray together, help care for each other, and discuss their next steps in their individual family’s journey with faith, food, health, and wellbeing.

Six years ago, I attended my first growth group through Westbridge Community Church. It was an 8-week study group based on a paper that our pastor had written. I came together with a group of people every week to meet for tea or coffee, talk about that week’s lesson, grow in our faith, and make new friendships.

It started me on a new journey of building genuine friendships and community. Jeremiah would say things like, “We want you to come as you are, but don’t stay that way.”

COME AS YOU ARE BUT DON’T STAY THAT WAY

Come as you are, but don’t stay that way – It’s a very powerful statement! First, we have to show up. Then, we have to become aware of where we are, and where we want to go. With the community of the group, we have a built-in system for accountability. Because without awareness, community, and accountability, we can’t move along the wheel of change!

Three years ago, Chad and I attended Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Through attending these weekly sessions and trusting that God owns it all, we completely changed the direction of our finances, met many new friends and changed the direction of our lives.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Good negotiators need to be on top of their game, always. We need to learn and grow so we stay mentally fit… and we need to be mindful of our health and wellbeing. Growth Groups are a great way to establish a community that will give you the support you need for mental and physical wellness.

I’m saddened by what I have been reading in regards to the obesity epidemic in the United States of America. Nothing seems to be working long term. Our government, insurance companies, and medical professionals should be ashamed and embarrassed of these statistics.

Two questions that I keep asking myself are:

  1. What are we sacrificing our health for?
  1. Why are we filling that hole in our lives with food?

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 1/3 of Minnesotan’s have pre-diabetes. In the 45-64 years of age group, over 70% of adults in that group are overweight or obese.

GROWTH GROUPS FOR EMPOWERMENT

Living Wellness Growth Groups are empowering consumers and building awareness. The groups have empowered their first 40 people by giving them a new vision to see individual health, food, and fitness from a totally different perspective.

Some of the favorite memories from the first growth groups at Love that Olive include the grocery shopping tour (“where does this salt come from…” answer…. “the sea!!”), the fermentation demonstration (SCOBY what?!?), and the unending laughter and support that each member shared. I now walk in the grocery store with a totally different perspective and confidence. I can actually read labels and and know which oils are healthy for my family’s hearts!

The best part? The group members LOST an average of 6.5 pounds each. The group members GAINED better sleep, digestion, brain clarity, and confidence.

It doesn’t seem like such a mystery anymore, because I have Living Wellness as a road map. Living Wellness is a program that looks at the health of your mind, body, soul and heart. By focusing on these areas, we are revolutionizing health one person, one family and one community at a time. God cares about our health.

Education, empowerment, accountability and strength. Living Wellness is A Roadmap to Health and Wellness!

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