Thursday, April 17, 2014

Program starts

Daniel Plan promotes spiritual and physical health

The beginning of the new year brings new opportunities for Liberty University students to move toward a healthy lifestyle and follow through with New Year’s resolutions.

Robin Quay, Liberty’s registered dietitian, will be leading The Daniel Plan, a six-week wellness program that concentrates on food and fitness as well as faith, focus and community with fellow Christians.

Pastor and author Rick Warren — best known for “The Purpose Driven Life” — along with the help of leading doctors, developed The Daniel Plan. According to its website, love was the motivation for The Daniel Plan.

“It’s a reflection of God’s love for us,” the website said. “It’s a story of abundance, not deprivation. It’s a step-by-step approach that helps you make small changes that lead to big results. Your journey is one of progress, never perfection.”

According to Quay, the Daniel Plan is framed around the essentials, faith, food, fitness, focus and friends, which are life areas that all work together to restore and sustain long-term health.

“Faith is the foundation with God as the source of power and the energy behind all transformational change,” Quay said. “As you follow The Daniel Plan, you will discover that you have a part to play in getting healthier, but God will energize your efforts. We have learned that doing The Daniel Plan in community is the secret sauce.”

Quay said that people who do the program together lose 50 percent more weight.

The Daniel Plan will meet for six consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning Jan. 28 and ending March 4. Sodexo will be providing a workbook to students who participate in the program.

The first meeting for The Daniel Plan is tonight, Jan. 28 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Reber-Thomas executive dining room. The class is free, but is limited to the first 30 students who sign up.

For more information or questions about the program, contact Robin Quay at rquay@liberty.edu.

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