Some churches in Macon received advice on how to keep the body and spirit healthy Sunday morning.

The congregation at Greater Zion Hill on Napier Avenue received a sermon on heart health.

“We are concerned about the total man, spiritually as well as physically,” said Pastor Walter Glover.

It is part of the Spirit of the Heart Church Initiative run by the Association of Black Cardiologists.

Chairman and Doctor Felix Sogade says cardiovascular disease is a huge problem in the United States.

“When we look at cardiovascular health, cardiovascular disease still remains the number one cause of death in the United States,” Dr. Sogade explained.

The Association picked churches here in Macon because they say it helps drive the message home. The pastor at Greater Zion Hill agrees.

“We thought that he could reach the masses on Sunday morning and we thought it would be most appropriate if we would allot a few minutes of our time to give him to talk about this all important health issue,” Glover said.

The Association says Central Georgia ranks higher for cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes than other counties in the state.

Dr. Sogade gave a seven step plan for a healthy heart.

The first step is to be spiritually active. Then, it is important to know your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. He said eating smart and getting regular exercise are important for the heart as well. Lastly, he said don’t use tobacco and don’t be afraid to go to the doctor’s office.

This was the first time the Association has visited Macon.

They also visited Greater Lizzieboro on Fort Hill Street and New Pilgrim on Robinson Road.