Samaritan’s ‘Family Health Checkup’ Radio Program Now Reaching 1,000 Markets

Samaritan’s ‘Family Health Checkup’ Radio Program Now Reaching 1,000 Markets

Upbeat Broadcast Continues Growing Popularity, Offering Preventive-Care Health Tips Easily Applied by Every Man, Woman and Child

July 20, 2020

PEORIA, Ill.—In contrast to the often grim public health reports dominating today’s news, an upbeat daily one-minute radio program just added its 1,000th market to its broadcast network by reliably providing practical insights on nutrition, fitness, seasonal health, safety, kids’ health and much more.

“Family Health Checkup,” the daily one-minute feature produced by Samaritan Ministries International (Samaritan,, a leading health care sharing ministry, surpassed 1,000 markets in June and continues to add listeners nationwide.

Doug Chamberlain, host and producer of “Family Health Checkup,” offers ordinary listeners simple tips every man, woman and child can apply.

“If you’re looking for a refreshing way to start your day off right, add some lemons to your routine,” Chamberlain told listeners in July. “Specifically, lemon water. It will not only help you stay hydrated, but it has other health benefits as well. For instance, it aids in digestion. The acid levels in lemons can help break down food. Additionally, they contain vitamin C, which has many benefits to our overall health, as you know. Lemons have antioxidant properties, and they can protect your body against disease. Finally, along with keeping your body hydrated, lemon water can help to prevent kidney stones.”

Preventive care is usually a more complete and cost-effective approach to staying healthy. That’s why each “Family Health Checkup” broadcast empowers listeners with practical advice, from wiping the germs off the surface of a smartphone to reminding listeners that their bodies crave four to eight servings of vegetables daily—and seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

One reason the 60-second radio program is palatable is that its digestible tips are delivered in guiltless, bite-sized chunks. In tackling the call to exercise regularly, Chamberlain keeps the advice simple and achievable.

“For instance, take the stairs instead of the elevator,” Chamberlain said. “Or go for a brisk walk during your lunch break at work. Start at a comfortable pace. Exerting yourself too quickly can lead to injury. Then slowly increase the intensity of your workouts as you progress.”

Even taking regular walks can be a suitable substitute for hitting the gym, Chamberlain says.

“Walking is good for your health, and you do it every day,” Chamberlain said. “It strengthens your heart, eases joint pain, lowers blood sugar, and it boosts your energy. A good goal to start is walking 10,000 steps a day. A simple pedometer or an app on your cell phone will help track your steps. Increase your number of steps by parking farther away from your office or the entrance to the grocery store.”

“Family Health Checkup” is one of many ways Samaritan Ministries International supports families and encourages them to take ownership of their health care.

Through this effective, God-honoring ministry, more than 82,000 households with over a quarter of a million Samaritan Ministries members are sharing approximately $30 million in health care needs person to person each month. In fact, over the past 25 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared more than $1.8 billion in health care needs.

For more about “Family Health Checkup,” visit us on Facebook, or at

To find out how you can add this daily feature to your radio line up, contact Brad Fisk at

Learn more about Samaritan Ministries International here; visit the Samaritan website at, or follow the ministry on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.