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Date:11/24/2008

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Many religions teach that selflessly "doing unto others" brings rewards in the hereafter. But what about the here?

A growing body of research shows that religious practices are, in fact, strikingly beneficial at promoting health and general well-being--research that will be outlined more fully at an extraordinary one-day conference, "Religious Practice and Health: What the Research Says." (1)

Sponsored by The Heritage Foundation (2), the conference will feature a roster of top academics who bring a wealth of experience and data to this important, little-understood issue. It will be held Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Building 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 Heritage's DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society. "We hope to spark a better and more informed public discussion of religion."

Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., co-author of the book "Why Good Things Happen to Good People," will explain the "science of goodness" in a luncheon keynote address.

"It's good to be good," Dr. Post says. "People who live generously are, on the whole, happier and healthier, and they live a little longer than those who aren't generosity-oriented."

Dr. Post should know. He serves as director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics in the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in New York. Earlier this year, he completed 10 years as professor of bioethics and family medicine in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

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