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Is Religion Good For Your Health?

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The latest numbers from the Pew Research Center show that the number of Americans who say they believe in God has declined in recent years. And millennials are much less likely than older Americans to belong to any religious faith.

 Researcher Harold Koenig talks about the connection between spirituality and health.

But despite these trends, psychiatrist and researcher Harold Koenig argues that science shows that religious belief is good for mental and physical health.

Koenig is the cofounder and director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke Medical Center. He has spent the past 30 years looking at the connection between religion and health, and his latest book “Health and Well-Being in Islamic Societies”(Springer International Publishing/2014)  examines the impact of Islam on the daily health practices of modern-day Muslims.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Harold Koenig about his research in advance of his keynote presentation at “Spirited Talks,” an event sponsored by the nonprofit Johnson Service Corps at Chapel of The Cross in Chapel Hill tomorrow at 7 p.m.

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Anita Rao is the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content. She has traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show. Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.