Members of the Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif. are joining together to lose weight and get fit in a program called the Daniel Plan.
With 20,000 members, Saddleback is one of the 10 largest church congregations in America and it is led by evangelist Rick Warren.
“Is this something new? No,” said Warren. “For 2,000 years the church has been caring for the sick.”
The Daniel Plan has five parts: food, fitness, focus, faith and friends. The program includes meeting and programs at the church and online, plus a book, journal and a cookbook.
The website for the Daniel Plan describes it this way:
“The Daniel Plan is a groundbreaking, healthy lifestyle program where people get better together. With love as the motivation, it’s a story of abundance, not deprivation. Relying on God’s power and the support and encouragement of friends, get ready to be transformed from the inside out.”
In a pilot program of the Daniel Plan, more than 15,000 people lost a collective quarter-million pounds in a year, the church said.