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When Hula-Hoops Equal United Methodist Abundant Health

By Mary Andreolli*

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Since John Wesley first rode across the English countryside toting the Primitive Physick, his book of practical medical advice for all people, health care has been of vital importance to Methodists.

Today, The United Methodist Church is working to bring better health to people in every place, from our own backyards to the world.

To further The United Methodist Church’s commitment to creating abundant health for all, Global Ministries in partnership with the North Georgia Annual Conference, is bringing together local United Methodist churches, health care coordinators, general agency representatives, global health partners, and affiliates for the UMC Day of Health, September 15, 2017, at Dunwoody United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The goal of this content-packed learning event is to showcase the work of the many United Methodist churches and partners engaged in innovative projects and programs that improve the health of their congregations and local communities. Churches and partners are encouraged to visually share their work through a poster gallery exhibit.


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The event will also provide United Methodist churches with the tools and resources they need to successfully implement new health care programs and ministries in their congregations and communities.

Guest speakers include: Dr. Ellen Idler, director of religion and public health, Emory University; Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, resident bishop of the North Georgia Conference; Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference; and Dan Krause, general secretary, United Methodist Communications.

Global Ministries and United Methodist Communications are also launching Hulapalooza at the Day of Health. This fun hula-hoop event will connect classic recreational activity to the Abundant Health initiative.

A hula-hoop class will be offered in the morning session for all hula-hoop enthusiasts.

All are welcome to attend Hulapalooza as part of the Abundant Health Fair from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Health care professionals will also provide HIV screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, and fitness fun.

*Mary Andreolli is the Director of Communications for Global Ministries.