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Baylor Sociologist Earns Award from Gerontological Society of America for Her Research on Older Adults
[1/7/2015]
WACO, Texas (Jan. 8, 2015) — Lindsay R. Wilkinson, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of sociology in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, has won the 2014 Senior Service America Junior Scholar Award from the Gerontological Society of America.
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HealthDay: For Pastors, It's Easy to Pack on the Pounds
[1/15/2015]
Jan. 14, 2015
More than a third of American clergy are obese, according to a new study from Baylor University. Stress, longer hours, being underpaid and lack of self-care are among the potential causes. But the pastoral profession has some built-in prevention methods that can help clergy be healthier if they take advantage of them. Quoted is Todd W. Ferguson, a doctoral candidate in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. HealthDay is a leading producer and syndicator of evidence-based health news. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. Goodrich covers research and faculty in sociology.)
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The Baptist Standard: Sabbath rest can help portly pastors fight fat, Baylor study shows
[1/16/2015]
Jan. 14, 2015
More than a third of American clergy are obese, according to a new study from Baylor University. Stress, longer hours, being underpaid and lack of self-care are among the potential causes. But the pastoral profession has some built-in prevention methods that can help clergy be healthier if they take advantage of them. Quoted is Todd W. Ferguson, a doctoral candidate in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. Goodrich covers research and faculty in sociology.)
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The Philadelphia Inquirer: For Pastors, It's Easy to Pack on the Pounds
[1/16/2015]
Jan. 14, 2015
Stress, long hours, low pay and lack of self-care are among the reasons that more than one third of pastors are overweight, according to a study by Todd Ferguson, a doctoral candidate in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. Ferguson is quoted about mechanisms within the profession — among them taking a day off, sabbaticals and peer support groups — that can aid pastors if they take advantage of them. This story, originally published by HealthDay, has been republished nationwide. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. Goodrich covers sociology research and faculty.)
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ABC News Radio: Obesity Epidemic Within Clergy Community
[1/16/2015]
Jan. 15, 2015
While pastors’ job is to take care of their congregations, many do not take enough care of their own health, which might explain why 30 percent are now considered obese, according to a study of pastors by Todd W. Ferguson, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences. Eating is a coping mechanism and Ferguson asked the participants to fill out a “distress index” that measured stress ranging from how often they felt lonely to the number of times they worked more than 46 hours a week. Pastors have built-in opportunities for better health within their profession if they take advantage of them — among them sabbaticals, one day off weekly that is mandated by many faith traditions and pastoral peer support. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. Goodrich covers sociology research and faculty.)
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Portly Pastors Widespread, but Sabbaticals and Peer Support Can Help Fight Fat, Baylor Study Finds
[1/12/2015]
WACO, Texas (Jan. 12, 2015) — More than a third of American clergy members are obese, with stress, longer hours, being underpaid and lack of self-care among the reasons, according to a Baylor University study. But the pastoral profession has some built-in prevention methods that can help clergy be healthier if they take advantage of them.
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Washington Times: Study finds over a third of America’s clergy are obese due to stress, long hours
[1/12/2015]
Jan. 12, 2015
More than a third of American clergy members are obese, with stress, longer hours and being underpaid among the reasons, according to a Baylor study. But the profession has some built-in mechanisms that can help pastors be healthier if they take advantage of them. Quoted about the study, published in the journal “Social Science Research,” is lead researcher Todd W. Ferguson, a doctoral candidate in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. Goodrich covers sociology research and faculty.)
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The NWI Times (Munster, IN): Jobs: Local Benefits
[1/7/2015]
Dec. 28, 2014
A recent Baylor study published in the journal “Local Economy” found that employees who work at small, locally owned businesses have the highest level of loyalty to their employees. Employees at locally owned and operated firms were more likely to "have a sense of belonging to the organization," says Katie Halbesleben, the study's lead author and a doctoral student in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.(Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in the department of sociology and pitched this research to national and regional media in November.)
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Baylor Sociologist Earns Award from Gerontological Society of America for Her Research on Older Adults
[1/8/2015]

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Benefitspro.com: Factors impacting employee loyalty and commitment
[12/22/2014]
Dec. 22, 2014
A recent Baylor student found that employees who work at small, locally owned businesses have the highest level of loyalty to their employees. For rural workers, size and ownership of their company figure even more into their commitment than does job satisfaction. "It's an interesting time because of the shift toward big business and globalization, but there are still practical values of small and local businesses, including benefits to the community and to the individual, such as less income inequality, less population turnover, lower crime and more committed workers," said Katie Halbesleben, a doctoral student in Baylor’s department of sociology and lead author of the study published in the journal “Local Economy.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in the department of sociology and pitched this research to national and regional media in November.)
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