About Your Coach
After years of being an overweight, active churchgoer, she had an epiphany when she came across scripture that read, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2).
She realized that being unhealthy was not what God wanted for her, so she dramatically changed what she ate and moved more. However, while she was on her own health journey, Monique noticed that other parishioners accepted their ailments as normal.
Monique read in the Duke Divinity Journal that weight, mental health, heart disease, and stress are the most critical issues concerning clergy. She also read a study of South Carolinian African American Episcopal Pastors that found that 93% of A.M.E. pastors were overweight, 68% of A.M.E. pastors suffered from hypertension, and 35% of A.M.E. pastors suffered from two or more chronic health conditions such as diabetes.
She founded phattlife.org to address the main health issues in the Christian community.