Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center                                    

The FWCOC Resource Center is a way for members to use their gifts and talents to serve God and mankind. All resources and activities listed on the site are provided FREE of charge to residents of the greater Houston area. If you are wondering how we can offer these services free, the answer lies at the heart of what we understand as God’s directive for our lives. "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10).  The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief is our way of providing a profile of Ministries at Work.

The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief: Health and Wellness Ministry - Long-Term Nutritional Aspects of a Wellness Plan, Part I

How important is proper nutrition to our physical bodies? Should we be on a 24/7  diet, continually trying to lose weight? What are some effective ways to help maintain our physical wellness so we can serve in the capacity that God wants? These are essential questions that some take for granted, but they’re critical if we want to maintain our physical wellness to do God’s work.

The Contrast Between a Nutritionist and Dietitian, Demystified. Anyone with access to various resources on nutrition can call him or herself a nutritionist, including specialists who work at health food stores; where nutritional supplements are sold, and educated individuals with nutritional science and dietetics degrees. 

On the other hand, a dietitian has a four-year degree in nutrition or has fulfilled the required prerequisite courses at an accredited university to become a dietitian. Then, they must complete an internship through a university or some type of service that is accredited by the American Dietetic Association.  An intense internship can take six months to two years or even longer based on the requirements. During the internship, they learn about all aspects of nutrition including maternal and child health, food management, clinical nutrition (pediatrics and adults), and school nutrition, just to name a few. The internship allows for Hands-On/Minds-On involvement in specialized nutrition areas, all while students are completing assignments and coursework. Upon completion, students become certified or registered in the country and can obtain a state license to practice as a registered dietitian. This allows them to assist patients with nutritional  problems and to recommend various dietary plans.

The dietitian’s role within the health and wellness ministry is to participate in health and wellness fairs and to assist if someone has issues with their nutritional plan or needs additional nutritional or dietary resources. Perhaps someone is expecting a child or has children and needs access to programs and resources, or maybe someone is not eating well.  In these cases, the dietitian can teach them how to prepare a meal and fix a plate that is balanced and to make healthy food choices.

Key Concerns of a Dietitian at  the Wellness Center

Listed below are some effective ways to help maintain your physical wellness so that you can serve our God effectively.

Diets provide a temporary boost. Understand that the phrase, "I’m on a diet," should mean that this diet is a boost—and only temporary.  However, your mindset should be on lifetime food management as prescribed by a dietitian.  Ask yourself: How can I maintain my weight loss? What types of food can I eat? What is necessary, and what isn’t necessary?

Lifetime plan. Follow a plan that you can maintain for a lifetime, including what types of foods you consume for meals and snacks. For instance, you should eat at least one fruit or vegetable with each meal or snack. Work to develop a mindset where you eat more fruits and vegetables instead of making the highlight of each meal a huge portion of meat.  Be practical and think of this as a requirement, so you can make sure you have the mindset to include fruits or vegetables with each meal. In short, be cognizant of what you eat, be practical, and remember the requirements for proper food management.

Water. Think  about  what  you  drink. Water is an ingredient in many beverages, but they also have other  additives. Instead of choosing sugary or diet beverages, drink water. If you don’t like water, try various types of water (carbonated or fruit-infused) to satisfy your taste buds. Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to cut calories, so take it one glass at a time. Remember, water is an essential part of a sensible daily diet.

For long-term nutrition plans and wellness, consider juicing and emulsifying as an added benefit, which will be the focus of Part II, The Nutritional Value of Juicing and Emulsifying to Achieve (or Exceed) and Maintain Your Wellness Goals.

Genesis 1:29-30, 29 "Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food"; and it was so." (Source: Bible – New American Standard (NASB))

Ministry: Health and Wellness.  Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Leroy Mobley, Aleatha Draine. Ministry In-Brief Administrator: Karl Spencer. Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center.

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The Goals and Vision of the center are to:

(1) Offer quality resources that contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of local community residents and the Greater Houston Area;

(2) Provide an opportunity for every desiring member to use their particular gifts in service to God and mankind;

(3) Cultivate a community of believers who support and encourage one another, and who ultimately bring glory to God; and

(4) Create opportunities to share the goods news of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.

Some services require pre-registration or accompaniment by a member. Space is limited.  Call or email us for additional information.  Tel: 713-672-2654, Email: