Sep 12, 2015 12:41 PM

Fitness programs help campus rabbis shape up

CONCORD — At Dartmouth College and elsewhere, campus rabbis are getting in shape as they shore up spirits.

After his own personal trainer pointed out the plethora of overweight clergy, Rabbi Moshe Gray urged an international outreach organization for Jewish students — to create a fitness program for his peers and their wives. Participants started by getting medical checkups and creating fitness goals, and Chabad on Campus offered online support groups and subsidized half the cost of a personal trainer for six months.

Altogether, the group of 30 participants lost 667 pounds.

Research has shown that clergy members of all faiths are at a higher risk for obesity and other health ailments than other Americans. A study published in January identified several factors, including stress, long hours and low pay.


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