Healthy Lifestyles Group Blog

Why and How You Should Eat Beans

(The following report is based on several sources, given in and below the article.  In some cases I have completely quoted the sources, being too far removed from school, I have lost my discipline for such things, but I take no credit for any of the following work and encourage you to follow the links […]

Free and Helpful Resources from the National Institutes of Health

At our December meeting, besides having some delicious and healthy snacks, JoAnn Suthill, who works for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spoke to us about New Year’s resolutions (which can be made at any time, not just New Year’s) and about some helpful and free resources available from the NIH website. JoAnn highlighted two […]

100 Days of Real Food Pledge

As discussed in our Sunday HLG meeting, we have an opportunity to participate in a “real food” pledge.  The duration of the pledge is up to you – there are 10 day pledges, 100 day pledges, and mini-pledges.  The information listed below is from the website  I encourage you to go to the website […]

Dietary Influences on Various Cancers

At our November meeting, Tony Segreti presented a summary of an interesting article on nutrition and cancer, giving us six areas where dietary guidelines can help prevent cancer.  The evidence, while not always conclusive, is substantial of the influence of these dietary guidelines on cancer risks. The six dietary areas and their impacts on various […]

Buddy System Options

If there were a way to double your chances for fitness success, would you be interested? How about a technique to make exercise more fun? A tool that automatically creates space and time in your busy schedule for workouts? A proven way to help you out of a rut or through a plateau? Countless fitness seekers […]

Your Gut Matters

There have been several research efforts to determine the relationship of microbes in your gut and your weight.  This report on a study, Gut Microbes and Diet Interact to Affect Obesity on the NIH website, inspires me to take my daily probiotics and to try to eat well.

Eat Healthier Foods Through Education

One of the goals of our Healthy Lifestyles Group is to identify obstacles and find solutions to eating healthier foods through education. There are many books and studies which will increase our knowledge. Food Rules by Michael Pollan falls into this category. In his 2009 book Food Rules (An Eater’s Manual), author Michael Pollan establishes […]

Healthy Lifestyles Group Has Kick-off Meeting

There were 18 attendees including the leaders, Allison Connors and JoAnn Sutthill. Allison opened the meeting by stating that the group’s overall goal is to pursue healthy lifestyle changes for ourselves and hopefully eventually for our congregation. She also asked everyone to think about what “healthy” means. Regarding a healthy lifestyle, she said, “My hope […]


Healthy Lifestyles Group Meeting
Thursday, December 11, 7 pm
Room GH2

Online Resources

Books & Publications

Nutrition Action, a newsletter recommended by members of our group. Visit to learn more and to subscribe.

Group Goals

The Healthy Lifestyles Group of Kirk members and attendees would like to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle for themselves and for the entire congregation.  Our goals are:

To learn and share evidence-based information about healthy, balanced, and sustainable lifestyles.

To identify obstacles and find solutions to eating healthier foods through education.

To pursue physical activity by providing information, support and accountability.

To balance all elements of our lives.

Contact Allison Connors for more information.

Recipes (coming soon)

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

 1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV