N.E.W.S.T.A.R.T : The Lifestyle Program


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Kick Start Your Overall Well-Being with NEWSTART a lifestyle program to restore your health with the following principles:

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Appropriate nourishment is the foundation of great health and recovery from diseases. We are meant to achieve our highest performance with proper nutrition.

In the Bible, Daniel 1:11-17 gives a great example of how important proper nutrition is. Daniel, originally a captive from Israel valued his good habit of eating right that he and his friends refused to eat King Nebuchadnezzar’s fine wine and royal food. He was healthier and better nourished than the King’s men that did eat the King’s food. His diet consists of fruits, vegetables, and water for only ten days. He proved to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, that his food was not the best option. For this GOD granted Daniel and 3 others gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.


Exercise improves mental health, prevents depression, promotes or maintains positive self-esteem, increases your vitality and strength, and controls your body weight. Before you being any fitness regimen be sure to check with your doctor. Spiritually the LORD also provides us with strength. Exodus 15:2 states “The Lord is my strength and song.” (NIV)


Water is vital to your health. Your Body is approximately 55% to 78% water depending on your size. The benefits of drinking water are endless. It is essential in weight management, helps with digestion and constipation, keeps your joints and muscles hydrated, regulates your body temperate, and helps your organs to absorb nutrients. How much water one should drink? Paul Ingram’s blog has all the information you need on water. Thank you, Paul, for all your hard work and research. Biblically water symbolizes restoration and life. Ezekiel 47:1-12 describes a river flowing from a temple. This is a representation of the flow of life and blessings that we receive from GOD as He sits on His throne.


UVB wavelengths kick off a chemical and metabolic chain reaction that produces vitamin D which may promote bone health. Some people also receive another benefit from letting some sun hit their skin. This helps reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is usually caused by lack of sunlight. Don’t forget to apply a sunscreen that is suitable for you. Light was the first thing GOD called into existence and it was good(Genesis 1:3-5 NIV). Because of light, all other creations are sustained.


Moderation, or self-control, in all things, is a wise choice although it can be a bit difficult to practice. Self-control cannot be purchased; it is a gift from GOD. Galatians 5:22-23.


Our body’s most important resource is air. Placing plants in your home can purify the air you breathe. Opening windows will allow fresh air to flow through your home. Proper breathing techniques can help you develop a better response to stress. It also helps to improve your concentration and to make you more self-aware. The breath of all mankind and the life is in GOD’s hands. Job 33:4 says “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (NIV)


This is one of my favorites. Getting a massage is rest for the body, mind, and spirit. Resting allows your body to ward off illness. Learning, development, memory, intellectual function and informed decision-making are all tied to sufficient resting periods. GOD commanded us to rest on the 7th day. Exodus 20: 8 tells us that the Sabbath is the day purposely set aside to worship the Lord and rest. It is the 4th commandment.


Trust in Divine Power. Trusting in GOD with all your heart is guaranteed to lead you to the right choices in life. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “5-Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6-in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)

Staying connected to GOD can be achieved through studying his word and spending time with Him in prayer.

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