Wellness Ministry - First Place @ West Side
154 GORDON AVENUE, HAMILTON, OHIO 45013
● INFORMATION CALL: 513-255-2724
First Place @ West Side
154 Gordon Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45013
What’s unique about this ministry?
• Christ-centered priorities: Bible study, prayer and Scripture
• Choices for health: Addressing the whole person — emotions,
mind, body and spirit.
• Community: Support and accountability through small groups.
These studies address many issues of everyday life and provide
opportunities for growth in Christ. Members complete a weekly Bible
study which—combined with prayer and Scripture reading—helps to impart
God's strength, empowering members to overcome temptation and make
long-lasting lifestyle changes. The program addresses the whole person -
emotions, mind, body and spirit. These categories make up the 4-Sided
Person and members are asked to prayerfully consider and follow when
joining a class. The 4-Sided Person includes the 9 commitments from the
original First Place Program:
• Attendance • Encouragement • Prayer • Bible Reading • Scripture Memory
• Bible Study • "Live-It" Plan (My Plate)• Tracker • Exercise •.
SOUL: Quiet Time
Praying at the same time each day will help you keep Christ first place
in your life. Members are encouraged to use a prayer journal daily.
SOUL: BIBLE STUDY
The first three weeks of each session will be spent setting goals,
getting acquainted, and learning in detail the “Live-It Food Plan” and
behavior modifications. Your Bible Study will begin after your second
meeting. The Bible Study is not meant to be an intense study. Deeper
Bible study in your Sunday School.
SOUL: SCRIPTURE READING
Regular Bible reading and prayer are parts of the life of an obedient
Christian and are absolutely essential for spiritual growth. As you
study and pray, you will lay the foundation for your spiritual fitness
plan. A planned systematic study usually is the best way to read and
study the Bible. The purpose is to keep you in God’s Word daily that He
may speak to your heart and that the Holy Spirit can teach you truths as
you are making yourself available to learn.
MIND: Develop a new way of thinking
MIND: MEMORY VERSE
The memory verse harmonizes with the Bible lesson. “I have hidden your
word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalms 119:11). You
will repeat (or hand in written: 5x’s) the verse when you weigh in each
MIND: TRACKING YOUR DAY
The Live It Tracker will help make you aware of what you eat each day.
You will become more aware of why you overeat. You will see patterns of
behavior. Your own feelings and thoughts can contribute to your eating
habits. At your first meeting your leader will explain in detail how to
fill out this form. This tool is more than just a food journal. It
tracks your entire program and is a daily check list members use
throughout the day to see what they have done and what still needs to be
completed. The results are sent to your leader once a week for
accountability and support.
HEART: Experience Community
Faithful attendance to your weekly class meeting is essential. When you
commit to follow the program, you commit yourself to regular attendance
and punctuality. If it is impossible to attend, call your leader. Commit
to stay for the entire meeting.
Contact one or more members in your group each week by: mail, phone,
email etc. On your roster start with the person following your name and
when you get to the bottom of the list start at the top until the end of
the session. Do not contact the same person every week.
STRENGTH: Present my body as a living sacrifice
STRENGTH: “LIVE-IT” / FOOD PLAN
The 2008 “Live-it” food plan adopted the USDA 2005 MyPyramid.gov as the
foundation. The 2001 “Live-it” version uses the ADA Food Exchange List.
Both food plans are a balanced food plan and a healthy way to lose and
maintain a healthy body weight. A well-balanced meal includes foods from
each group. Sugar, Salt, caffeine, artificial sweeteners and diet soft
drinks should be used only in moderation while achieving your proper
weight. It is important to drink the minimum of 8 8-ounce cups of water
every day. Being active 30 minutes most days is also recommended.
STRENGTH: EXERCISE/PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
First Corinthians 3:16 tells us, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are
God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in you?” You are God’s dwelling
place; your body is His home. What kind of shape is God’s house in? We
recommend that you join an organized exercise class, aerobic exercise,
or dance class. You also may jog, walk briskly (work up to three miles
daily), or bicycle several miles daily. This type of aerobic exercise
will cause you to lose body fat in all areas. Floor exercises will only
tone the muscle you are using. It will not get the fat out of the
muscle. This can be accomplished only by aerobic exercise on a regular
schedule. In order to maintain fitness you must exercise three times a
week. If you need to “get fit” you must exercise four to five times a
Our members choose to purchase the materials and use in our Wellness
“First Place @ West Side” Groups at West Side Baptist Church, Hamilton,
First Place changed their name to
First Place 4 Health
The materials we use are published by Gospel Light.
As of 2014 materials we use are published by FP4H. Houston, TX.
Adult Discipleship Class
First Place 4 Health Bible Study
Our support group began January 2007. Our groups offer in class and
online support. For more information go to
First Place 4 Health program, 12 weeks of daily
lessons in the Word, along with a leader's discussion guide, menu plans
with recipes, prayer partner forms, Trackers, Scripture memory CD and
cards and other helps prepare members for the weekly meeting and
encourage balance in all 4 areas of life: physical, spiritual, mental
Each session we challenge our members to collect items per pound lost to
give to the New Life Mission.
FP4H MEMBER GUIDE
USED IN CLASS