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Bishop: Catholic church to focus on health and wellness of parishioners

THE Diocese of Chalan Kanoa’s five-year pastoral plan will, among other things, promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle among  parishioners, Bishop Ryan Jimenez said.

The bishop said the pastoral plan has a health component that includes physical activities and lifestyle changes.

He said local parishes are now using their facilities for physical activities.

Ryan Jimenez

“We recently did a walkathon, and many young people attended the event,” he said in his remarks on the second day of the collaborative-learning session hosted by the Pacific Chronic Disease Council and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. at the Fiesta Resort & Spa.

The bishop said two parishes — San Antonio and San Roque — have organized fitness workouts for village residents. “We have social halls in all parishes and they will be used for fitness and health activities.”

Good nutrition or sticking to a healthy diet is more challenging, the bishop added.

Ten years ago, he said, Bishop Tomas Camacho discouraged host families from providing food during the nine-day rosary held following the death of a family member.

“Bishop Camacho implemented this policy of no-food because, after the rosary, many people would eat a full meal prepared by the host family. Aside from the fact that it was expensive and a burden to the family, it was  not healthy.”

Bishop Jimenez said as a follow-up to his predecessor’s policy, “we are revisiting our nutrition guidelines” for religious events.

For example, he said they will encourage parishioners to serve healthy food during fiestas.

“We should  give people healthy options. We can serve salads which, hopefully, should not be placed at the end of the buffet table.”

The bishop said the church must help promote a healthy lifestyle. “Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes can be prevented or controlled. We believe that life is a gift from God, and we should be good stewards of this God-given gift. Scripture tells us that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. How can you serve the Lord if you are not healthy?”