United States – Body & Soul® Fitness’ is working to quell the growing rate of mental health issues using a holistic approach to fitness. According to Men’s Health, “the mind and soul will be integral to fitness in 2023”, says David Jack, Men’s Health fitness advisor.
Amy Stafford, the fitness organization’s President, noted that there has been a rise in the number of Americans suffering from mental health issues following the Covid-19 pandemic. She noted that the United Health Foundation’s American Health Ranking placed some states in the United States on a high-risk pedestal, with at least 36% of the residents experiencing mental health issues for two weeks or more within a 30-day period. Stafford also added that the not-for-profit organization is concerned about holistic health and is using its fitness programs to touch lives and improve human connection.
“When people understand their value and worth, their sense of purpose and belonging begins to change. Body & Soul® communities provide a safe and welcoming place for reflection and spiritual growth. Prayer for each student’s needs is an essential and distinctive part of our program. It’s this distinction that sets Body & Soul® apart and allows people to reach transformations they didn’t know were possible.” Mary Ward, Instructor
Body & Soul’s unique approach offers full access to comprehensive fitness programs that touch the important aspects of participants mind, body, and soul. Instructors approved to teach this program are provided lesson plans, videos and written transcripts to ensure easy and effective communication, choreography, as well as spiritual content to help encourage participants to understand their worth, that they are unique and they are loved. “This is the difference that Body & Soul® brings to fitness”, says Mary Ward, instructor with Body & Soul® Fitness. “When people understand their value and worth, their sense of purpose and belonging begins to change. Body & Soul® communities provide a safe and welcoming place for reflection and spiritual growth. Prayer for each student’s needs is an essential and distinctive part of our program. It’s this distinction that sets Body & Soul® apart and allows people to reach transformations they didn’t know were possible.”
An event is scheduled to be held on June 23 and 24 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. It will come complete with a free workout to the public on Friday night with doors opening at 6:00pm. An instructor training session that carries .8 ACE, CEU credits for certified fitness professionals is offered from 8:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday.
Fitness professionals who have been on the lookout for an opportunity to supplement their training can take advantage of the upcoming program and register for the event on the organization’s website.
The organization aims to keep contributing to society, by touching lives, and helping more people realize their goals while beating mental health issues. Body & Soul® Fitness can be reached for inquiries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The fitness organization can also be reached via its website or mailing address at P.O. Box 1005, Bowie, MD 20718, United States.
Body & Soul Fitness
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