A recent study shows that one in five teens suffer from obesity.http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2012/05/22/imp-read-teenagers-in-2012-at-increased-risk-for-heart-disease/?ss=strategies-solutionsHow much of what teens suffer from is a result of learned behaviour. What are they watching at home, in school, at church?
We Lutherans love our pot-lucks. What kind of behaviour do we model within the church? We know the freedom that Christ wants for us. We have plenty of examples of practicing well-being throughout our sacred text. How often do we encourage healthy behaviour at our church gatherings? What do we do to model well-being for our youth and young adults?
I recently visited a youth room at a ‘new-line’ church here in Ottawa. I was blown away by the facility and it even had popcorn, pop, and candy bars for the youth and young adults who showed up Sunday morning. “It certainly brings out the kids”, I was told by my guide.
I love the odd treat. You only need to look at me to see that I do. If I were to define a ‘thorn in my side’ those treats would be one of them. But I have a responsibility to myself and to others to model behaviour that gives life. We as a community of faith have that same responsibility.
What are you doing to model well-being for youth and young adults?