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Survey finds clergy’s worries add on pounds

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3:00 P.M. ET May 23, 2012



Registered nurse Therese Pineda, a member of First United Methodist Church in Gilbert, Ariz., and her pastor, the Rev. Daniel R. Morley, practice Sign Chi Do, a stress management exercise in this 2008 file photo. A UMNS photo by Bob Ralston.
Registered nurse Therese Pineda, a member of First United Methodist Church in Gilbert, Ariz., and her pastor, the Rev. Daniel R. Morley, practice Sign Chi Do, a stress management exercise in this 2008 file photo. A UMNS photo by Bob Ralston.
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One of the biggest health risks United Methodist clergy face boils down to one word: stress.

Too many church potlucks, pizza-delivery nights and meals on the run are not helping.

Those are two implications of a study of clergy physical, emotional and spiritual health released this month by the Center for Health at the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits.

The February online survey of nearly 2,000 of the denomination’s active U.S. clergy found that ministers reported engaging in more physical activity than their