Pastor Jeff Sumner was attending a health screening program led by members of his church when he learned that his blood sugar level was unusually high. Until then, it had not occurred to him that some of the physical changes he was experiencing were symptoms of diabetes. When subsequent testing confirmed that he had type II diabetes, Sumner was able to control the disease with the help of family, parishioners and classes at the hospital.
The health program is part of a new alliance forged between churches and hospitals, an alliance that is delivering valuable medical information and resources to people in their communities. Florida Hospital in metropolitan Orlando and Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach are working closely with clergy and lay leaders from dozens of congregations.
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