From schools to local businesses, the fight to get Tennesseans healthy has been steadily gaining steam. Now, the local faith community is now getting involved.
According to a news release, Nashville-based Mt. Zion Baptist Church will launch its community-wide fitness initiative, Church-Fit, on January 29. More than 500 individuals are expected to participate in a record-breaking group workout. The workout, which begins at 8 a.m. at the Mt. Zion’s Antioch location, will be led by Tennessee Titan David Thornton, other local professional athletes, and celebrity trainers.
“Too many people are dying prematurely of diseases that could have been avoided through intentional lifestyle changes. Church-Fit will help us address these issues head on through education, awareness and action,” Bishop Walker announced via the press release. “The church community helps a great deal with healing and helping individuals in need and we must work to make sure that we’re healthy enough to continue doing that for years to come.”
Following the group workout, participants will be able to enroll in personal and group training sessions. Guests will also be able to consult with dietitians. All sessions will focus on active workouts, education, consultation and empowerment, and accountability partners. Throughout the year, Mt. Zion pastor Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III will host “Work Out With Bishop” sessions to motivate participants. The church will also hold free monthly workout sessions at the Antioch and Old Hickory Blvd. locations.
Church-Fit was designed to help congregations get healthy and stay healthy. The program was created by Mt. Zion Baptist Church in partnership with Full Circle Healthy Community Coalition. Full Circle is a local organization dedicated to helping individuals get healthy by connecting people and resources.
“Full Circle is excited about the opportunity to partner with Mt. Zion for Church-Fit. We recognize that many great organizations serve the Nashville area and endeavor to provide education, outreach and support services to those living here, yet often find it difficult to actually reach the people in the community they are seeking to serve,” said Full Circle Founder, Dr. Stephaine Walker. “Full Circle was created to bridge that gap by actively connecting people with the existing resources in their community as a means to improve the overall health and well-being of Nashville’s residents. Partnering with Mt. Zion for this initiative is one great way of doing just that.”
Church-Fit is open to adults and youth. Special trainers will assist those between the ages of 5 -17.
But Mt. Zion isn’t planning to go it alone. The 25,000-member church is inviting other churches and organizations across the mid-state to join them. Churches and community groups interested in participating in Church-Fit should contact the church at (615) 254-7296.