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Englewood Running Ministry – Good Food Choices are Possible!

ERMWho says Englewood is a food desert? With organizations like the Englewood Running Ministry (ERM), you are bound to learn about how to eat well despite the presence of unhealthy food that is seemingly everywhere.


This past Saturday, the members of the Englewood Running Ministry, whose group is a mixture of Englewood and non Englewood residents, gathered to learn about healthy food choices that would fuel their runs while training for the Chicago Half Marathon in September of this year. Louis and Johnetta Reeves of Family Focus Christian Center (FFCC), founded the Englewood Running Ministry three years ago and have been leading  people in their race training endeavors ever since.

FFCC is located in the Englewood area and is clear about one of their main focuses in serving the surrounding Englewood community: providing information and assistance regarding health and wellness to combat disease and low quality of life.

ERMSaturday's healthy food demonstration was accompanied by a talk that invalidated reasons why many people think they cannot eat healthy. Johnetta mentioned excuses like time limitations, cost and stubborn family traditions.

 Members of ERM were able to sample a variety of healthy food items: organic apples with almond butter, Ezekiel 4:9® bread with Earth Balance® spread, fresh fruit, smoothies and organic boiled eggs. These were suggested breakfast items while light snacks and lunch/dinner options will be demonstrated next week.

The founders of Englewood Running Ministry, Louis and Johnetta cite a favorite scripture in Jeremiah 1:10 when asked about their goals of changing minds in regards to health and nutrition in Englewood, “We are here to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.”

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Keywords: African American health, Chicago Marathon, Chicago's Englewood Community, Englewood Activites, Englewood Community, Englewood Portal, Family Focus Christian Center, health, Marathons, Organic, Running

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