The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Go green for your health!

Tiffany Greenis (far left), who usually
Tiffany Greenis (far left), who usually teaches classes for L.A. Fitness, takes charge of the water aerobics session of the Board of Pensions’ fitness offerings to Churchwide Assembly participants.
Have you spotted “go-light” green bracelets of the plastic promote-a-cause variety on the wrists of voting members and visitors?

Stop at the ELCA Board of Pensions table near registration to pick up one of your own, invites ELCA Wellness Coordinator Tammy Devine, who says, “Wear them as a reminder to care for your body, as a temple of the Holy Spirit.”

There are three ways you can do this, even at the assembly. Catch up with others already participating in programs offered by the pension board:

• Run, Walk ‘n’ Roll, starting 5:30-6 a.m., with about 70 others who paced out the 5K route through the hotel golf course. The outdoor sign-in table is behind the right side of the main outdoor pool in a lighted area. You might share the path with a frog or egret, not just others from the ELCA. Because the path winds through the golf course, we’re asked to finish by 7 a.m.

But if early hours don’t work for you, Devine says you can create your own route in or outside the Marriott and register to receive credit for your miles.

• Water aerobics, 6:30-7 a.m., enticed six people to the hotel indoor pool Tuesday. There’s room for more.

• Stretch ‘n’ Pray, 6:30-7:15 a.m., with Murray Finck, Pacifica Synod bishop, and a dozen others in the Denver Room and extending into the common area, just up the ramp behind the escalators.

Devine says many people came to her Tuesday to say they really wanted to start their day in a moving way—but were “just too tired” after Monday’s late plenary. But anytime is the right time to start, she encourages, saying, “The goal is to increase your physical activity.”

Imprinted www.elcaforwellness.org, the bracelets also offer a link to resources for getting to that goal once you go back home, she adds.


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