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Ocala Church Promotes Healthy Lifestyle

posted on April 29, 2014, under Church by

Forty Ocala Church members participated in the Let's Move Health Walk. (Photo: Herb Pritchard)

Forty Ocala Church members participated in the Let’s Move Health Walk. (Photo: Herb Pritchard)

by Herb Pritchard

During a cooking demonstration, Lori Doperalski displays freshly made raw granola with help from volunteer Louise Ostgard, left. (Photo: Herb Pritchard)

During a cooking demonstration, Lori Doperalski displays freshly made raw granola with help from volunteer Louise Ostgard, left. (Photo: Herb Pritchard)

On a Sunday morning at Jervey Grant Park, 40 Ocala Church, Fla., members of various ages gathered to launch the Let’s Move Health Walk. Each participant wore a shirt that emphasized his or her commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

The following week’s speaker for church service was Grace Daley, a former 15-year Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) player. Daley shared how God orchestrated her journey to bring about a greater understanding of the Sabbath. The journey also led her into BeSmart, a ministry which promotes health and worship in a positive light. Many people, including nonAdventists, now join the BeSmart team in weekly Sunday morning exercises at Ocala Church.

Church temperance leader Lori Doperalski, and her assistant, Cheryl Rilea, followed up with cooking demonstrations. At the latest program, “Better Breakfasts,” 67 attended, including 12 community members. Recipe demonstrations for banana splits, “unsausages,” and more whetted appetites for the samples that followed.

Doperalski states, “We are beginning to have community participation at no cost to them. We pray God will use the health ministry to familiarize people with their physical and spiritual well-being.”


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