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Birmingham nurse's Christian weight-loss programs focus on biblical principles

Published: Saturday, January 08, 2011, 5:30 AM
By Greg Garrison -- The Birmingham News

Registered nurse Julie Morris, right, and her daughter, family therapist Sarah Morris Cherry, have written a Christian weight-loss Bible study, 'Guided By Him.' (The Birmingham News / Bernard Troncale)

Registered nurse Julie Morris had done decades of diets before getting God involved in her weight-loss regimen and taking off 30 pounds in 1982. In 1992, she founded Step Forward, a 12-step Christian weight-loss program that has caught on in Bible studies at churches around the country and in some foreign countries.

The key to weight-loss and self-control is getting in touch with God, she said. "God can help you to do things that on your own strength you can't do," Morris said. "I can't, God can, so I'll let him."

Her daughter, family therapist Sarah Morris Cherry, has helped her write a new, lighter and easier 12-week Christian weight-loss Bible study called "Guided by Him," released in 2010. Morris and Cherry will give a retreat on Jan. 22 at Liberty Church, from 9 a.m. to noon, to help teens and adults launch their weight loss for 2011. The cost is for $10 in advance, $12.50 at the door. Registration and more information is available at