Health & Wellness Ministry

Fitness Class – The Health Ministry invites you to join them every Saturday from 8:30-9:30am in the Worship Center for SoulfulMOTION Fitness Classes. We combine dance, kickboxing, and plyometrics, choreographed to inspirational music for an hour of praise, worship and hardcore FITNESS! The cost is $7/class and there will also be punch cards available for purchase. Be sure to bring a towel and water bottle. Contact Raquel Lindsay ( at (616) 466-2336 for more information.

Ask a Dietician –

How Nutrients Help Your Brain
What we eat can determine how we feel but how we feel can also determine what we eat. Food and the chemicals in our brains interact to keep us going throughout the day. It is important to eat a variety of healthy foods, as they have different effects on our brains. For example, carbohydrates increase serotonin, a brain chemical that has a calming effect. Perhaps that’s why people often crave carbohydrate-rich foods when they are under stress. Protein-rich foods increase tyrosine, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which help to increase alertness. In addition, certain healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids) become part of the membranes of brain cells and control many brain processes. Poor nutrition or lack of a variety of healthy foods can contribute to depression by limiting the availability of these specific nutrients.

A simple start – try eating from the rainbow:






How Timing Can Make a Difference
While what we eat can have a significant impact on how we feel, when we eat is equally important. Often the low energy levels that people feel throughout the day are a result of poor meal timing. For example, eating patterns that involve skipping meals may contribute to mood swings by causing fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Food restriction can lead to binge eating, bigger emotional responses, poor concentration, increased stress, and an overall lower sense of well-being. Depression has been shown to develop in people with disordered eating who frequently restrict food. The optimal way to fuel your body is to space meals and snacks 3 to 4 hours apart and choose a healthy protein and carbohydrate source at each meal.

If you have a question for the dietitian,

Contact Tracy Booth





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