November 18, 2008 | News Releases on Religion and Civil Society, Civil Society

Web Site, Conference Explore Link Between Religion and Health

WASHINGTON, NOV. 18, 2008--Want to live longer? Go to church.

That's the result of just one of 10 academic studies highlighted this month on, a free, online searchable database of more than 3,500 findings on family and religion from peer-reviewed journals, books and government surveys.

Sponsored by The Heritage Foundation, research on FamilyFacts focuses on the link between religious practice and physical and mental health, among other topics. Visitors also can sign up for a free, monthly "Top Ten" e-mail designed to make the research accessible to the media, scholars, state and national policymakers, and the general public.

Those interested in learning more about the connection between religion and health should also consider registering for " Religious Practice and Health: What the Research Says," a free, day-long event on Dec. 3, 2008 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

"Anyone interested in the link between religion and health will want to attend this event--journalists, policymakers, researchers and health practitioners," says Jennifer Marshall, director of The Heritage Foundation's DeVos Center. "The conference will present top research on religious practice and health with the aim of informing public discussion of religion."

Hosted by Heritage, with research partners the Baylor Institute for the Studies of Religion and Child Trends, "Religious Practice and Health" is supported by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

For more details on the event and free registration, visit the conference Web site at To subscribe to's Top Ten e-mail, simply visit

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