Strategies to Trim and Reduce Project

The Strategies to Trim and Reduce (STAR) Project is a faith-based initiative implemented in Congregational Wellness network churches to address hypertension and obesity. Established in 2011, the STAR Project seeks to improve blood pressure control and weight reduction in congregations.

Church nurses and congregational health promoters educate and engage congregants in weight reduction and healthy blood pressure activities, teaching skills and techniques they can use for the rest of their lives.

The expectation is that more than half of participants will incorporate changes in their daily routines and see improvement in weight and blood pressure before the project period ends. Only churches in the Congregational Wellness Network are eligible to participate in this 10-week program.

Related Stories

Everyone’s a STAR

Read More

Church Members STAR In Initiative For Better Health

Read More

Body and Soul

Read More


Statistical data from various sources indicate that hypertension and obesity are contributing factors to the high incidence of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. To address this growing health concern, the Strategies to Trim and Reduce (STAR) Project is an intervention designed to help the participants gain knowledge, skills and new attitudes in a spiritually rich environment.

We call this initiative the STAR Project because we believe that there is a star in every person. Sometimes, our brightness is hidden by unwanted pounds, bondages of sickness and medications that dull and subdue the vibrant personalities just beneath the surface. We believe people are happier and more productive when they are healthy, and our aim is to help people shine brightly.

Become a Leader

Wellness ministry leaders who wish to lead a STAR Project group in the church must attend a 10-hour training and belong to a church that is active in the Congregational Wellness Network. Leaders are taught how to implement the program and how to use the curriculum and project materials.

Leaders must be:

STAR Project Train-the-Trainer

The train-the-trainer course provides the wellness ministry leader with strategies to facilitate sessions that cover a variety of areas that impact weight and blood pressure:


Upon completion of the train-the-trainer course, the trainer will be able to:


Frequently Asked Questions about the STAR Project