Hong Kong Diocese takes measures to help overweight, stressed priests
Published: October 1, 2003
HONG KONG (CNS) -- Hong Kong diocesan officials have initiated measures to help local priests who are overweight, stressed or suffer from heart disease. Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, diocesan vicar general, said Catholic doctors and nurses who have been doing health checks on priests and nuns voluntarily since March confirmed that many priests are overweight and suffer from heart disease because of lack of exercise, reported UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Thailand. Given that diagnosis, a diocesan task group has organized a series of health study programs for priests. At the first one, held in late September, two Catholic dietitians pointed out to the 50 participants -- priests, nuns and their cooks -- how they can maintain a balanced diet and avoid consuming too much cholesterol. After the participants were weighed, they were served two kinds of healthy Chinese soup that could be part of their diets.
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