The Daniel Plan

A groundbreaking healthy lifestyle program founded on biblical principles and focused on The Essentials: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends.

The Daniel Plan is about abundance, not deprivation.  That's why the program is both transformational and sustainable.  It's not an interim diet; it's a practical lifestyle program that encourages you to take a step at a time in the right direction. You simply incorporate healthy choices into your lifestyle.  As you start to feel better physically, you become motivated to make changes in other areas of your life.

The program is the creation of Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California and three internationally known doctors – Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Mehmet Oz. In the first year of The Daniel Plan, over 15,000 people collectively lost more than 250,000 pounds.

The Daniel Plan at the YMCA

CEO Brent Pentenburg will lead participants through this 8-week program. During the 90-minute session, we will have teaching on one of the five essentials, group discussion, and a health assessment including, weight, body fat percent, and BMI. Participants will receive a 2-month membership voucher. The program will run on Monday evenings starting January 13.

$60 for members  
$90 for program members.

Thank you to our partners organizations: New Zion Missionary Baptist, Chiropractic First of Rockford, and Stateline Church.

The 5 Essentials

Faith

God is the power and energy behind all transformational change and that includes making the lifestyle choices necessary for you to become healthy.  As you follow The Daniel Plan, you will discover that you have a part to play in getting healthier, but God will energize your efforts and give you his strength to do it (Philippians 4:13).



Fitness

We believe the most effective form of exercise you can do to achieve lifelong health is the one that you will actually do.  We encourage you to discover movement that you will enjoy and treat your body as a gift from God (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20).



Focus

In a world where so many distractions compete for your attention, it is more important than ever to renew your mind with truth (Romans 12:2) and break negative thought patterns. Focus your thoughts on God's plan and priorities for your life. Express your gratitude to God and make the choice to dwell in God's goodness.            



Food

The Daniel Plan is about abundance, not deprivation.  You will be invited to eat delicious whole foods that bring vitality and energy to your body and mind  It's all about learning that even your food choices can honor God and his purposes for your life (1 Corinthians 10:31).



Friends

When it comes to getting healthy, two are always better than one (Ecclesiastes 4:9). The Bible says God created the universe in such a way that we need each other. One of our key beliefs in The Daniel Plan is that "every ‘body' needs a buddy" and that we are truly better together.