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Faithfully fit forever--mixing faith and fitness.

Developed in Fargo, ND, through MeritCare Health System's Parish Nurse Ministry (led by Janet Drechsel) and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Services, Faithfully Fit Forever (FFF) incorporates an wholistic concept of Body, Mind, and Spirit. More than 500 people have completed Leader Training in a variety of faith communities across the United States.

The goals are as follows. Body--to promote increased activity and access to exercise programs in your community, Mind--to increase awareness and understanding of health risks and healthy living, and Spirit--to enhance the fellowship and spiritual growth of faith and community members. Class times are flexible and at the discretion of the leader, but a typical class may include 40 minutes of exercise, 10 minutes of group discussion on a health-related topic, 10 minutes of devotion.

Trainers for this program, which fits all age groups, must participate in a leader workshop, led by exercise physiologists. Included in the workshop are a training manual with reproducible handouts, a video and other informational resources and tips on group exercise leadership. New leaders will participate in a group exercise class demonstration; learn how to facilitate discussion on an educational topic and how to lead devotions. Safety considerations and liability issues are also discussed.


For information on bringing FFF training to your area, contact Laura Alderman, Director of MeritCare Faithfully Fit Forever, at 701-234-5659 or

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Publication:Parish Nurse Perspectives
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2008
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