Thursday, July 25, 2013


If you have done much driving on our nation's highways, you have no doubt seen the big green and white signs along the way, announcing that large trucks must pull  off the highway so that they can be weighed, by highway officials.  There are several reasons for this practice.  One reason is that if the truck is too heavy, it can do damage to all the roads it travels on, as well as its own mechanical functioning.  The Weigh Stations serve as a "safety checkup" to assure that travel can proceed, allowing the truck to accomplish the purpose for which it was created---transportation.  In a similar way, we, as human beings need to pause periodically at a "Weigh Station", to find out how we are doing, in managing the loads we carry every day on our bodies.  Just as too much weight can damage how an 18-wheeler functions, so too much weight can damage our joints, and reduce the efficiency of how  our internal organs function. With that in mind, I want to announce that there will be a "Weigh Station" for those participating in the next session of the First Place 4 Health program at First Baptist Church, 400 Club Boulevard, in Mountain Home, Arkansas.  The "Weigh Station" will be in Room 1203 of the Christian Life Center (CLC), shown in this photo.    The time is 5:30 pm, on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.   Even though this blog post tells about the "Weigh Station Expedition" that will be taking place at the CLC building shown in this photo, keep in mind, that you do not have to live in the Mountain Home area to participate in a First Place 4 Health class.  This is a nation-wide program!  Simply go to their website ( ), and enter your zip code into the "Search Box", and you can find out where the closest class to your home is located.  Furthermore, if there is not a class located where you live, you can start your own group!  All the details of how to do this are listed on their website.
 The book we will be using for this session of First Place 4 Health is called "Confident Living", and is available on the program website,  ; it can also be ordered from major bookstores, or over the Internet.  The cost of the book is around twenty dollars, depending on where you purchase it.  First Place 4 Health is a Christ-centered, healthy living program, that has been used successfully by more than a million people.  It has an emphasis on weight management, but also focuses on the mental, emotional, and spiritual health of an individual, as well as their physical health.  Well-known Bible study teacher, Beth Moore, is quoted as saying "First Place 4 Health is a life-changing program with biblical integrity."  As a Registered Dietitian, I have found it to have all the necessary components for a successful weight loss program:  Accountability, Group Meetings, Food/Exercise recording, Reliable Nutrition Information/Recipes, and regular Weigh-ins.  The classes will meet weekly, on Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, through mid-December.  The only charge to participants will be the cost of the book, which they order themselves.  If you would like to participate, you may email me at, or call the First Baptist Church office at 870-425-6961, for more information.  This is a program that will give you "MILES OF SMILES"!   Tricia
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