Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 602–607

Health Promoting Habits of People Who Pray for Their Health

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10943-009-9293-3

Cite this article as:
Harrigan, J.T. J Relig Health (2011) 50: 602. doi:10.1007/s10943-009-9293-3


To determine the health habits of people who pray for their health, data from the National Health Interview Survey was analyzed for health habits of people who prayed or did not pray for their health. Of the 22,314 respondents, 13,179 (59%) prayed for their health. These individuals saw a physician more frequently, participated more frequently in vigorous exercise and used more relaxation techniques, support groups, meditation and complimentary and alternative medicine therapies. People who pray for their health participate in more health promoting behaviors than people who do not pray for their health.


Prayer Health Complimentary medicine 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.Spring LakeUSA

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