BECOME A BLUE PASTOR
Medically-guided weight loss and management program and support group for pastors
Blue Pastors is a medically-guided comprehensive weight management program and support group for ministers and pastors. Using evidence-based lifestyle medicine and a combination of clinical care, education and social support, Blue Pastors helps ministers and pastors address excess weight and obesity in a compassionate, supportive and safe environment.
Blue Pastors is part of Pathways to Wholeness Lifestyle Medicine's Blue Church Initiative.
*This program is eligible for reimbursement under many health insurance and benefits plans that cover naturopathic, weight management or lifestyle (see below).*
Coined by National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner, Blue Zones are areas of the world with the healthiest and longest-living populations. These include Okinawa, Nicaragua, Sardinia, Ikarai (Greece) and Seventh-day Adventist Christians living in Loma Linda, California. Through lifestyle medicine-based health education, community programs, training and collaboration, the Blue Church Initiative seeks to transform every church into a Blue Zone: a community of believers who uniquely stand out for their vibrant and healthy lives and is a centre of health and wholeness in the wider community. Blue Pastors is a program of the Blue Church Initiative.
Our approach: Lifestyle Medicine
Lifestyle medicine uses evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches to prevent, treat and often times even reverse many of the leading chronic diseases of today, including obesity.
Blue Pastors focuses on empowering participants to adopt a lifestyle that they can live with and that will help them lose weight and keep it off over the long-term.
Purpose: Promote optimal wholistic health among pastors and ministers through a scientific, long-term, comprehensive weight management program which combines medical guidance, health education and social support.
Comprehensive approach that covers all 6 focus areas of lifestyle medicine (plant-based nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sleep, relationships and risky substance use)
Continuously updated to reflect latest evidence and best practices in bariatric care
Clinic staff committed to compassionate and quality care
Who can be involved?
Only for pastors, ministers and Bible workers.
This is to create a safe, supportive space for clergy on their collective health and weight-management journeys.
This program is eligible for reimbursement/coverage in health benefits and insurance plans that cover naturopathic medicine. Please check with your health insurance provider.
Initial consultation - $100
Follow-up consultations - $65
Lab tests - $50 - $100 (may vary)
Support groups - Free
Total approximate costs: $425*
(* total cost may vary depending on laboratory tests that may need to be ordered. No payments are made up-front.)
Additional family benefits
Complimentary care: Spouses or children will receive complimentary 50% off initial consultations and one follow-up consultation.
Employees of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Canada
This program is covered under the Health Benefits Plan of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Canada. Blue Pastors participants are eligible for reimbursement of up to $530/year. Click here for guidance and to view the eligibility criteria. For inquires regarding your Health Benefits plan, contact the Health Benefits Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Canada (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
October 01, 2018 - June 07, 2019
Registration deadline: October 12, 2018
North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic
(4150 Chesswood Drive, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
October 12, 2018 - June 07, 2019
Registration deadline: October , 2018
North York Lifestyle Medicine Clinic (4150 Chesswood Drive, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Have a question?
Text us at 647-853-3455
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The Blue Church Initiative
Coined by National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner, Blue Zones are areas of the world with the healthiest and longest-lived populations, including the Seventh-day Adventist Christians living in Loma Linda, California.
The Blue Church Initiative is a vision for every church to be a Blue Zone: a community of healthy and vibrant believers who are promoting wholeness to those around them through lifestyle medicine. Learn more here.