No. 1 New York Times Bestseller Helps Readers Keep Healthy Resolutions
Readers Can Usher in a New Life in the New Year by Focusing on Five Essentials of Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 31, 2013 – The No. 1 New York Times Bestseller, “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life” (ISBN: 9780310344292, $24.99), provides the “secret sauce” of turning healthy New Year’s resolutions into healthy lifestyles by combining the essential elements of faith, friends and focus with food and fitness. “The Daniel Plan” is co-authored by Dr. Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church; Dr. Mark Hyman, a family physician and Functional Medicine expert; and Dr. Daniel Amen, a physician and double-board certified psychiatrist.
“The Daniel Plan” details a proven healthy lifestyle program developed and originated at Saddleback Church in 2011. Within the first year of implementing it, more than 15,000 church members collectively lost more than 250,000 pounds while experiencing decreases in health issues and stress and increases in spiritual growth and energy. While weight loss can be a benefit of living a healthy lifestyle, “The Daniel Plan” is not a diet program, but rather focuses on improving overall spiritual, mental and physical health.
Unlike other programs, “The Daniel Plan” starts with faith, because faith gives a foundation for building habits and perspectives for health in any area. Tackling this essential, Warren writes that health comes from recognizing and using God’s power in life and treating one’s body and mind with the care that He intended.
“You have to believe you can get healthy even if you can’t see it,” said Warren. “Faith is visualizing the future in advance. Every great achievement began when somebody saw it in advance. The same is true when it comes to getting healthy. You look in the mirror and believe that, with God’s help, you’ll get healthy even though the person staring back at you is exhausted, stressed, out of shape or overweight.”
Food is the most powerful drug on the planet according to Hyman. It can reinvigorate health, reconnect families, restore vibrant communities, improve the economy, improve the health of the environment, and even help kids get better grades and avoid eating disorders, obesity and drug abuse.
“Food contains messages, instructions and information that tell your body what to do every moment to increase vitality or create disease,” writes Hyman. “Every bite you take is a powerful opportunity to create healing or infirmity.”
“The Daniel Plan” includes a shopping list, eating plan and recipes to assist readers in taking the junk out and letting the abundance in by choosing real, whole foods.
Like food, exercise works better than medicine. Exercise physiologist Sean Foy helps readers remove roadblocks that often keep them from exercising, bringing fun back into fitness. Foy provides tips and plans to set and achieve realistic goals and increase daily movement.
Focus is one of the key reasons individuals often break their healthy resolutions after a few days. Amen describes how to strengthen brain health, helping to increase focus and make better decisions.
“Every time you have a thought, your brain releases chemicals,” Amen writes. “Knowing how to talk back to your negative thoughts is critical to being able to focus on the truth in God’s Word and helping you live in the fullness of mental and physical health God wants for you.”
When it comes to your health, every body needs a buddy. Research shows that people getting healthy together lose twice as much weight as those who do it along. That success dramatically increases when one is connected with others, receiving constant encouragement to stay focused and motivated toward goals. “The Daniel Plan” provides tips on living in community with others who can support and reinforce healthy choices.
Supplemental resources in addition to the book are also available from Zondervan including “The Daniel Plan Journal” (ISBN: 9780310344322, $14.99) and small group materials, “The Daniel Plan: A DVD Study” (ISBN: 9780310824459, $24.99) and “The Daniel Plan Study Guide” (9780310824442, $11.99). A four-color, 100-recipe cookbook (ISBN: 9780310344261, $29.99) will release in March 2014. Additional resources are also available at http://www.danielplan.com/.
The concept for “The Daniel Plan” was developed by Warren after baptizing 827 adults in one day by lowering each under the water and lifting them back up. At that time, Warren literally felt the weight of America’s health problems while being simultaneously convicted by his own unhealthy weight and habits. He enlisted three highly qualified doctors, Hyman and Amen, as well as Dr. Mehmet Oz, to develop “The Daniel Plan,” which was conceptualized from the Old Testament biblical account of Daniel, who refused to eat the rich foods from the king’s table and challenged the ruler to a 10-day health contest.
About the Authors
Pastor Rick Warren, D.Min., is a pastor, author, global strategist, theologian and philanthropist. Polls have identified him as “America’s most influential spiritual leader,” and he is often a go-to media resource for cultural and spiritual issues. Warren founded Saddleback Church with his wife Kay in 1980. In addition to a 120-acre campus in Lake Forest, Calif., the church has 10 satellite campuses across Southern California and international campuses in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong. Saddleback plans to launch nine additional international locations over the next few years. With an average weekly attendance of more than 22,000, it is among the 10 largest churches in America. For additional information, visit http://www.rickwarren.org.
Mark Hyman, M.D. is a practicing family physician, a six-time No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator and advocate in his field of Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post and a regular medical contributor on Katie Couric’s TV show, “Katie.” For information, visit http://drhyman.com/.
Daniel G. Amen, M.D., is a physician, double-board certified psychiatrist, teacher and eight-time New York Times bestselling author. Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to everyday clinical practice, Amen is the founder of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and San Francisco, Calif.; Bellevue, Wash.; Reston, Va.; Atlanta, Ga.; and New York City. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including “The Dr. Oz Show,” “ABC World News,” “20/20,” Newsweek, TIME, The Huffington Post, BBC, London Telegraph, Parade Magazine, New York Times and Cosmopolitan. Additional information is available at http://www.amenclinics.com/.
Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. For more than 80 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The company’s products are sold in multiple formats, worldwide in more than 60 countries, translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit http://www.zondervan.com.