2012 News Archive
El PASO ON THE MOVE JOINS “LET’S MOVE DAY”
October 5, 2012
By: Norma Rivera, RN MN
The El Paso on the Move together with the surrounding SDA Churches joined the “Let’s Move Day ” of the Adventist Instep for Life to fight the obesity epidemic by sponsoring the McKelligon Canyon Challenge 5K run/walk on September 23, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. There was a tremendous response from the community with 478 registered runners/walkers. The race T-shirts ran out but people still came to register up to 15 minutes before the race. Over 600 people converged at the McKelligon Canyon that day.
The weather was warm and sunny. People came from far and near. Some came from New Orleans, Andrews and Pecos, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Dionicio Rivera, master of ceremonies, welcomed the people. Stevens Siaji, Fort Bliss chaplain, talked about the body as the temple of God and the importance of taking care of it. Jocelyn Zvoschz sang the national anthem acapela with much acclamation. Young and old joined the “warm up exercise” led by Lydon Hamisi and group. There was excitement and enthusiasm.
As Mike Coulter, race coordinator, gave the signal “ready get set… go!” and blew the whistle everyone struggled to run past the other. The UTEP students headed the race with determination to win. The race was led by pace cyclist, Evelyn Eichler. The air was filled with cheers and shouts by Irvin High School Cheerleaders as the runners ran. Strollers and pets were welcomed. Some took a leisurely walk while others huffed and puffed to the finish line. Cami Torres, a year old, and Martha Leon, 73 years old were the youngest and oldest registered participants.
Among the groups that formed teams of ten or more were El Paso Central SDA Church, Montana Vista SDA Church, Northeast SDA Church, Meraz SDA Church, Las Cruses SDA Church, Vista Hills Health Care Center, Oasis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, United Blood Services, Providence Hospital, Envision Hospice, Advant-Edge Pharmacy, Mountain Villa Nursing Center and Los Grenudos.
While the runners raced to the finish line, Radames Rodriquez eagerly plunged their time. Stringer, Amy Clapp and Runner, Michael Montgomery quickly gave results for tabulation. After the participants finished the race, they lined up to feast on several tables of healthy foods. They were served with bagels, apples, watermelon, oranges, bananas, yogurt, chocolate milk, pritzels, water, crakers, and trail mix nuts snacks – bananas, cherries, almonds, raisins, and pineapple. Thanks to our generous sponsors.
Rick Cabrera, channel 7 news anchor awarded the medals and trophies. El Paso Central SDA Church winners according to age group were Gloria Martinez, first place; Christopher Swagerty, third place; Kenneth Knight, third place; Josue Martinez, second place; Carolina Martinez, second place; Lucas Muresan, second place; Abigail Flores, third place; Noah Miguel, first place and Darian knight, third place. Northeast SDA church winners were Jaedyn Zvosechz, second place and Zoe Zvosechz, first place. The Lord is great and worthy of praise. Everyone had a good time and nobody was hurt. Rodel Liwanag, EP Central Pastor, closed the event with praise and glory to God who makes all things possible.
It takes faith to see how God works. Organized only three months ago, El Paso on the Move had proven itself to be strong. To start with, it was faced with so many difficulties. It did not have start up money, people did not want to join, and sponsors were hard to get. But we did not let these hindrances intimidate us. We moved forward and God blessed our efforts. With faith we “stepped on the water”. God opened the way and we saw great things the Lord did. It was just like a puzzle with pieces coming together and in the end the object was formed. People and volunteers came together through the leading of the Holy Spirit and the event was not only successful; it was very impressive. One thousand four hundred seventy nine (1,479) miles were achieved that day for the Adventist Instep for Life
Over 700 health magazines and books were given out. About seventy percent (70%) of the people were non-Adventist. We will never know what impact we made to the community. Several from the community will be coming to our vegetarian cooking class held every first Tuesday of the month. Some expressed their desire to teach aerobic classes free of charge and volunteer for next year’s event. Some will keep on moving and exercising to stay fit.
The health message is the entering wedge and the right arm of the gospel. It is powerful and works as double-edged sword. Many more will be reached that would not be reached through preaching alone. Ellen White wrote, “soon there will be no need for ministerial lines, only the medical work in the end. “ We are His hands and feet to accomplish His purpose in this end time. What a privilege we have as a people to make disciples of men. This is a golden opportunity for the church to shine. We need to do more community service and community outreach. We need to go and mingle with the people before we can ask them to follow us just like Jesus did. The people are watching us and are responding.
The McKelligon Canyon 5K Run/Walk was not just any kind of race. It was race to health and hope. Proceeds from the event will go to the El Paso Adventist Junior Academy School Garden and the El Paso Pathfinders. Other programs of the El Paso on the Move include Vegetarian Cooking Classes, Full Plate Diet, Depression Recovery Programs, Stop Smoking and Community Gardens.
To learn more go to Website: ElPasoOnTheMove@gmail; www.Facebook.com/elpasoonthemove
North America’s Let’s Move! Day promotes fitness for children
Sep. 25, 2012 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists in North America on Sunday headed to tracks, parks and gyms to participate in the annual Let’s Move! Day, a church-sponsored program to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity.
The Adventist Church holds an annual day to promote Unites States First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. The Adventist Church is among some 50 other faith and community organizations that pledged to support the initiative during its 2010 launch 2010 launch.
The flagship event was held in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. There, Dr. Ian Smith, a medical expert who appeared on Vh-1’s Celebrity Fit Club television show and a member of the President’s Council of Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, commended the Adventist Church for its commitment to promoting healthful living.
“Seventh-day Adventists being involved in something like this is not only a blessing to the parish and the congregation, but also to the larger community who also feed off of that,” Smith said. “The idea that a group such as large and prestigious as this will do this means that other groups will follow.”
The Adventist Church has incorporated Let’s Move! as part of Adventists InStep for Life, an initiative of the Adventist Church in North America to promote exercise and better nutrition.
On Sunday, dozens of Adventist hurches and schools across the United States hosted a variety of events, from health fairs and screenings to walks and 5-kilometer races.
The Apopka Adventist Church in Florida hosted a 5k run and a health fair. Across the country, in Tacoma, Washington, the Mount Tahoma Adventist Church held a fitness walk at a local middle school track.
Sensational Seniors of Bellfort Adventist Church in Houston, Texas, hosted a walk in a park, as did the Knoxville First Adventist Church in Tennessee.
The bulk of events were held by Adventist churches and schools in Maryland, a state home the church’s world headquarters near Washington, D.C. The Northeast Adventist Church in Parkville hosted active games. Other church members and their community friends walked and biked along the C & O Canal starting in Williamsport.
The United States’ northern neighbor of Canada also joined in. The Prince Albert Adventist Church in Saskatchewan hosted a six-mile hike, while Spanish and Filipino churches in Montreal organized a 5k fun run.
Katia Reinert, Health Ministries director for the church in North America, said the Let’s Move! Day is an opportunity for the church to bring its message of healthful living to the community.
“As a church we have long talked about the importance of not just healthy minds and hearts but also healthy bodies,” Reinert said. “Our culture is coming to grips with its health crises and we have a message for our times.”
Hundreds on hand for Vibrant Life Health Expo
Sunday, September 23, 2012
By Don Aines
Nonagenarians Hazel Vetter and Leona Thomas would appear to be two women who could teach others a lot about living a vibrant life, having nearly two centuries of life experiences between them.
On Sunday, hundreds of people took part in the Vibrant Life Health Expo and 5K Run at the Review and Herald Publishing Association on West Oak Ridge Drive, learning about the practices that can help people achieve long lives.
Vetter is 98 and just weeks away from her 99th birthday. Thomas is 93.
“My lifestyle is a vegan one. It hasn’t always been,” Vetter said.
In addition to eating healthfully and getting good rest, she and Thomas get exercise.
“We walk about a mile every day,” Vetter said.
Thomas said she also follows a meatless diet, although that wasn’t always the case.
The Review & Herald has been hosting a 5K run for years, but this year added the Vibrant Life Expo, named for the magazine it publishes, said event coordinator Candy DeVore. More than 160 runners signed up for that part of the event, she said.
“From the beginning, it has always had a whole-person approach to health,” said Vibrant Life Editor Heather Quintana. That approach looks at mind, body and spirit, she said.
The holistic approach is followed by many health-conscious people today, but Vibrant Life was ahead of its time, as it has been published since 1885, Quintana said.
There were stations and booths for adults and children that emphasized exercise, temperance, rest, nutrition, sunlight, water, air and trust in God.
Gail Hanson works in human resources at the Review & Herald, but on Sunday, she was showing what a year’s worth of cigarette tar looks like and testing people’s lung capacity.
“I did great ... It’s really cool,” said Karlleen Stockman of Sharpsburg after taking the test.
Stockman ran in the 5K, although her time was about a minute off what she wanted.
“But it was good enough to win for my age group,” Stockman said later, holding her trophy for the women’s 50-to-59 category.
Doug Williams said he suffered a massive heart attack two years ago. On Sunday, he was testing visitors’ body mass index at the nutrition booth.
“It was what I was putting in my body” that caused his heart attack, he said.
Now 55 pounds lighter, he eats as much as he wants and doesn’t gain weight because he is eating differently.
“It all comes from a plant-based diet,” Williams said.
It’s not just how much sleep you get, but when you get it, said Ron and Jeri Pride, who were staffing the rest booth. The hours of sleep before midnight are more valuable than those after midnight, Ron said.
“We need to build time for rest and stick with it,” said Ron Pride.
“God created the world in six days and on the seventh day, He created rest,” Jeri Pride said.
Seventh-day Adventists' health guidelines, longevity still powerful draw
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
By Nancy Haught, The Oregonian
Long before the culture around them embraced vegetarian diets, the search for vitamin D and the elusive goal of a good night's sleep, Seventh-day Adventists had staked their lives on health principles laid down by their founders more than 150 years ago.
Ellen White, who wrote scores of books for her fellow Adventists, summarized the "Eight Laws of Health" in the 1860s. Today, as many mainstream Christian denominations are losing members in the United States, Adventists are growing steadily, partly because of their emphasis on wellness.
But it's the longevity of Adventists that has garnered them attention in recent years. A landmark study by Dan Buettner identified Loma Linda, Calif., with its high density of Adventist residents, as one of the world's five blue zones, where the number of centenarians (people who live 100 years or longer) is 10 times that of the United States.
An Adventist health study of 34,000 California church members found that, on average, men lived 7.3 years longer and women 4.4 years longer than their fellow Californians. Researchers identified five behaviors embraced by Adventists for more than 100 years, that could increase life span by up to 10 years: not smoking, eating a plant-based diet, eating nuts several times a week, regular exercise and maintaining normal body weight.
The point of aspiring to wellness is not simply to live longer, but to serve God more effectively, says Scott LeMert, senior pastor of Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southeast Portland. Adventists believe that human beings are a combination of body and spirit that results in a soul.
"If you have a light bulb and you run electricity through it, you produce light," LeMert says. When physical well-being and religious faith come together "in the image of God," a person has the power to think more clearly and act in better ways. LeMert is quick to point out that not all Adventists follow the eight laws to the letter. Some church members eat meat or dairy products and eggs, for example. Not all of them exercise every day or avoid smoking or alcohol. And while he and other Adventists believe the eight laws are based in Scripture, they are not pre-requisites for salvation, he adds.
Beverly and James G. Foster of Beaverton, who both grew up in Adventist homes, never saw the health guidelines as tenets of faith as much as personal and family habits. The couple, in their mid-50s, were raised as vegetarians who didn't drink coffee and observed the Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday as a matter of course. They raised their two adult children the same way.
Both Fosters are active in the Hillsboro Seventh-day Adventist Church, which holds regular potluck suppers (where dishes that contain meat are clearly labeled). Exercise classes, stop smoking seminars and Bible studies are common. The Fosters emphasize that the guidelines are not guaranteed tickets to longer lives.
"They're recommendations, promoted in Scripture, not as entrees into heaven but to make us more healthy, productive and useful," James G. Foster says. It's not easy, he adds, for a life-long Adventist to separate his faith from his healthy habits. "This is the way I was raised."
Recent research has looked at the connection between good health and spiritual attitudes. Studies suggest that people who attend religious services regularly and feel supported by like-minded communities say they are happier. Ellen Idler, director of the Religion and Public Health Collaborative at Emory University, says faith may be essential when religious groups promote a healthy lifestyle.
"If you want people to follow a restrictive lifestyle over their entire life, you have to have something that holds them together and perpetuates it," she says. "You could take religion out of the equation, and it would fall apart.
The idea of treating a whole person, inside and out, is becoming a goal of medical care, in general, but Adventists have promoted it for a long time.
"Faith, hope and fear, these are powerful emotions," says Ed Hoover, manager of wellness services at Adventist Medical Center in Southeast Portland. "They draw people into life and give people a reason to be involved in health-promoting practices. Fear and anger and despair kind of cause the human being to collapse in on itself.
"Emotional states impact the immune system in powerful ways, more powerful perhaps than diet and exercise," he says.
Margaret Ohlson, who lives in Husum, Wash., and works in Hood River, became an Adventist in 1984, attracted by the emphasis on vegetarianism and the idea that a church community can support people as they work on changing their behavior and making healthier choices.
"The Bible teaches in Romans and elsewhere that those who have control over their appetites and passions have a clearer perception," Ohlson says. "Change is progressive. We need to be heading in a healthier direction all the time, but not go too fast or not do it right. Then we get discouraged." That's the advice she gives shoppers who come into the natural food store where she works, interested in becoming vegetarians or vegans. Sometimes she talks about her Adventist faith, sometimes she doesn't.
"For me, this is a God-directed path," she says. "A person could enjoy full health following these principles, but the fullness for me in life is following God. Good health is just a tool to accomplish that more fully."
Loma Linda's only blue zone in the U.S.
Dan Buettner wrote the book on blue zones, literally. He and his research team have identified five regions in the world where the number of centenarians – people who've lived 100 or more years – is 10 times that in the United States. The phrase "blue zone" refers to the blue ink that researchers used to circle study regions on a map.
Three blue zones were featured in "The Secrets of Long Life," Buettner's 2005 cover story in National Geographic: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; and Loma Linda, Calif., with its high concentration of Seventh-Day Adventists. Nicoya, Costa Rica, and Ikaria, Greece, are also blue zones.
Buettner has written two books on blue zones and helped create a website where visitors can calculate their own life expectancy and review life-lengthening principles.
Buettner's "Power 9" points are:
1. Just move – as often as you can.
2. Purpose now. Why do you wake up in the morning?
3. Down shift. Shed the stress.
4. 80 percent rule. Stop eating when your stomach is 80 percent full.
5. Plant slant. Limit meat and eat beans, lentils and nuts.
6. Wine @ 5. One or two drinks a day, preferably wine, with friends or at meals.
7. Belong. An overwhelming majority of centenarians belong to a faith-based community.
8. Loved ones first. Keep your family close, nurture your partner if you have one and parent well if you have children.
9. Right tribe. Find a supportive social circle that shares your values.
Seventh-day Adventists' origins and numbers
Seventh-day Adventists were part of the Christian Connection, a group of believers that flourished in the 1840s as William Miller of New York state began to predict the second coming of Jesus.
Over time, some adventists argued that the Sabbath should be observed on the seventh day of the week – Saturday – as it had been established in the Old Testament, or Hebrew Bible. Seventh-day Adventists officially organized on May 21, 1863, with 125 churches and about 3,500 members.
The 2010 U.S. Religion Census, released May 1, estimates the number of Adventists in the nation at about 1.2 million, 40,000 of them in Oregon.
The growth rate for Adventists in Oregon is about 29.9 percent, compared to 14.5 percent for Catholics (the largest faith group in Oregon) and 41.8 percent for Mormons (the second largest).
Seventh-Day Adventists Celebrate Adventist InStep for Life
One of the highlights of this year’s Annual Health Summit in Orlando, FL sponsored by the North American Division of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, was the Adventist InStep for Life Celebration and Awards event. This year’s program marked the extraordinary achievements of Adventist hospitals, health ministers and congregations who led the way in increasing opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy, affordable food for their communities.
Created in response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, the Adventists InStep for Life program was designed to help Adventist churches, schools and health care organizations join in the effort of reversing the trend toward childhood obesity. Every NAD conference, church, school, university and health care organization has been encouraged to form an Adventists InStep for Life team to coordinate activities that increase physical activity, inspire nutritional eating, and create access to healthy, affordable food.
And their communities answered the call by collectively walking over two million miles (double their goal of one million miles walked!), adding 16 Summer feeding sites so that kids wouldn’t go hungry when school was out, and planting 101 new community gardens!
The gathering was honored by the presence of the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Regina Benjamin, who recognized the Adventists as early leaders in the effort to emphasize wellness and preventive care as a priority. Dr. Benjamin shared the opportunities in the National Prevention Strategy and its primary goal of moving the healthcare system from a focus on sickness and disease to a focus on wellness and prevention. “If we want to truly reform health care in this country,” she said, “we need to prevent people from getting sick in the first place, to stop illness and disease before it starts.”
The Surgeon General recognized the Adventist Church’s proactive nature and “wellness-first” strategies, and noted that the community was an exemplar of “making health something you live, not just something you hope happens.”
The HHS Partnership Center joined Dr. Benjamin; Donna Richardson Joyner, a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; Katia Reinert, director of Health Ministries for the North American Division of Seventh-Day Adventists; and Dan Jackson, President of the North American Division, to celebrate and present awards to those across the country who led the way in making their communities healthier. All award recipients and many of their success stories can be seen at www.adventistinstepforlife.org.
As the Adventist community looks forward, their commitment to make “Every Church a Center for Health, Healing and Wholeness” seems well within reach, given the strength of their national leadership, their capacity to train and equip community members, and their clear vision that healthful practices are part of God’s intent that all shall “have life and have it more abundantly.”
To see how the Adventists adapted the Let’s Move Faith and Communities toolkit for use throughout their communities, check out the Adventists InStep for Life toolkit.
Adventists InStep for Life is sponsored by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in North America, its Health institutions and Hope Channel and coordinated by the Adventist Health Ministries department.
Presidents set example for Let’s Move and InStep for Life Initiatives
Dan Jackson, president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists which represents over 1.1 million members, and Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists which has a membership of over 17 million worldwide, shared with the NAD Health Summit attendees during the Celebration and Awards Ceremony for InStep for Life and the White House Let’s Move initiative, Saturday, January 28, their support and words of encouragement to those who have not yet joined InStep for Life, the Seventh-day Adventist partnering program for keeping active and physically fit in order to live life to the fullest.
When Bernadine Delafield, assistant director, NAD Office of Communication, asked what they were doing on Let’s Move Day, September 25, 2011, both Jackson and Wilson had supportive answers.
Jackson recounted, “I was sitting in a constituency meeting in Canada and decided that I’d lead the constituents on a 1/3rd mile walk before lunch. Everyone was invigorated and had a good time walking and talking together.”
Wilson pointed to the video they had just seen of Vibrant Life’s 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Review and Herald Publishing Association of which he had formerly been president. Wilson, who tries to maintain a personal exercise routine in spite of his heavy responsibilities, participated along with former Review associates and area friends.
Jackson and Wilson agreed that healthy living and staying fit is one important face of Adventism. Besides the great personal benefit to every individual, it is a positive way to share with the world the best choice one can make—to live life to the fullest.
Molly Geddis' lifestyle allows long and active career
Self-proclaimed medical missionary to the asphalt jungles of the North American Division, Molly Geddis, received an award for Excellence in Ministry, Saturday, January 28, during the Awards and InStep for Life Celebration at the NAD Health Summit in Lake Mary, Florida.
The award presented by Chris VanDenburgh, president of the newly organized Adventist Association of Faith Community Nurses (AAFCN), and Katia Reinert, NAD Health Ministries director, recognized her work as a parish nurse and her organization of the Healthy Heart Team, a lifestyle improvement program, of Portland, Oregon. As director, she has expanded the team to reach throughout the North Pacific Union including 27 churches. Her award also named her the #1 charter member of the nurses association which was established at this year’s summit.
Molly left nursing in 1976 to sell health books as a literature evangelist. She loved using the books to help people with their health concerns. Molly and her customers were learning together how to care for themselves in an intelligent way. That led to parish nursing and the rest of the story.
Molly, an energetic 85 year old senior, says, “You’re never too old to work for the Lord. I started the Healthy Heart Team in 2007 when I was 80. My secretary, Vi Huntington, is 88.”
Bernadine Delafield, Assistant Director
Office of Communication
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
U.S. Surgeon General commends Adventist focus on holistic well-being
Jan. 31, 2012 Orlando, Florida, United States
Elizabeth Lechleitner, with reporting by Rainey Park
In a show of solidarity with hundreds of Seventh-day Adventist health professionals, health ministry leaders and pastors from North America this week, United States Surgeon General Regina Benjamin advocated a “holistic approach” to well-being. “If we really want to change and reform healthcare in this country, we need to prevent people from getting sick in the first place,” Benjamin said during her January 28 keynote address at the North American Division’s Health Summit in Orlando."
Benjamin, who helms the National Prevention Council established through U.S. President Barack Obama’s health reform act, said the administration’s vision is to change the nation’s healthcare system “from a focus on disease and illness to a focus on wellness and prevention.”
“Health does not occur in the doctor’s office or hospital alone,” Benjamin said. “Health occurs where we live, where we learn, where we work, where we play and where we pray.”
The surgeon general commended the Adventist Church’s ability to marshal widespread support and participation among its members. She noted the similarities between the church’s InStep for Life program and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, a national initiative to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity. With InStep for Life’s added element of faith, the program has “inspired congregations and communities nationwide,” Benjamin said.
“I continue to be impressed by the innovative thinking that’s going on in the Seventh-day Adventist Church to make health something you live, and not just something you hope for,” she said.
The denomination is among some 50 other faith and community organizations that pledged in 2010 to support Let’s Move! Last year, Adventists at hundreds of churches, schools and hospitals nationwide participated in Let’s Move! Day by logging steps toward a goal of one million collective miles of physical activity.
Church members were able to double that goal and reach two million miles in 2011, said Katia Reinert, director of Health Ministries for the North American Division. Adventists in North America also planted more than 100 new vegetable gardens and farmers markets last year. For low-income families who struggle to feed their children over the summer months, church members also helped establish feeding sites at Vacation Bible Schools and other church events.
The Adventist Church in North America will in 2012 continue to focus on increasing physical activity among Adventists and community members and improving access to affordable healthy foods, Reinert said.
“It is our hope that every Adventist church will become a center for health in the community by using our resources to motivate people to experience a full abundant life and by improving the health and well-being of children, families and communities across North America,” she said. With obesity rates doubling in adults and more than tripling in children since 1980, the need to raise awareness is more urgent than ever, health professionals said. Research indicates that more than 20 million U.S. children under the age of five are now overweight.
Obesity is often the “underlying cause” of heart disease, cancer and hypertension, and is the “number one risk factor” for Type 2 Diabetes, said Dr. Albert Reece, dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland. “We are now number one in the world with regard to obesity,” Reece said. “The United States wishes to be and likes to be number one in everything, but this is not one area that we can be proud of.”
Adventist world church President Ted N.C. Wilson, who holds a master’s degree in public health from the church’s Loma Linda University, commended health summit organizers for bringing a spiritual perspective to health and well-being. “These kinds of events and those that focus on the healthful way of living that points us to the Master Physician are vitally important for God’s church,” Wilson said. The North America Division Health Summit runs through February 5.
HEALTH AND FITNESS FOR A FULL LIFE
Seventh-day Adventist Church Hosts Health Summit
Story by Bernadine Delafield
SILVER SPRING, MD –Thirty-three percent of the United States population is obese with 300,000 deaths attributed to obesity. These government statistics have not gone unnoticed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church which believes that because one’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, it is important to care for it intelligently. The Church in North America is committed to changing the alarming statistics of American adults and children. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. One in three children is obese or overweight. Today’s children make up the first generation in history to grow up less healthy than their parents.
The Health Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church will sponsor its Annual Health Summit January 27-February 5 at the Marriott Hotel in Lake Mary, Florida. The event will focus on its theme, Choose Full Life, Tell the World, by offering 36 seminars within four tracks. Registered attendees can choose a track(s) that serves them best within the scope of health ministry. More than 500 health professionals, health ministry leaders and pastors from across North America, Canada, and Bermuda will attend the weeklong event to equip themselves to educate communities for a better life and healthier lifestyle.
The Health Summit features two local events on Sunday, January 29 in Lake Mary, 2:00-6:00 pm. A free Health Expo for adults with screening stations to check blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels, body fat, “health” age, stress and more, will also offer chair massages and a health counselor. The second, a Health Expo for children will provide activities that will enable kids to see the benefits of movement and exercise and eating foods that make them healthy and physically fit.
Also open to the public are the evening plenary sessions of the Health Summit, 7:00 p.m. nightly except Thursday. The guest speakers are Mark and Ernestine Finley, a pastoral couple and television personalities who have written and lectured extensively on the biblical principles of physical, mental and spiritual health, and Des Cummings, executive vice president of Florida Hospital and also an author, lecturer and innovator in the area of health and wellness. Dr. Cummings is the moving force behind Creation Health, Florida Hospital’s creative approach to keeping people well. Florida Hospital co-sponsors the summit.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has partnered with the White House in support of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and launched Adventists InStep for Life, an initiative designed to assist Adventist churches, schools and health care organizations become more physically active, create access to affordable food and to eat nutritionally. They have logged over one million miles of walking, running and other aerobic exercise.
Saturday, January 28, 4:15 p.m., awards and recognition will be given to groups (1,000 churches, schools, hospitals and over 10,000 members and community friends participated) who have excelled in this initiative. The United Stated Surgeon General Regina Benjamin
(top picture, right) is one of the keynote speakers of the event and Donna Richardson Joyner from the President's Council on Fitness
(bottom picture, right), as well as Heidi Christensen, Office of Faith and Community Partnerships
, will be in attendance. The community is invited to participate.
Katia Reinert, director of Health Ministries, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, comments, “As Adventists we believe we have a sacred duty first to care for our own bodies and second to engage in health promotion and health education partnering with others in the community as we do our part to prevent chronic illness and bring healing and wholeness to those suffering around us. It is our hope that every Adventist Church will be a center for health in the community using our resources to motivate people to experience a full abundant life by improving the health and wellbeing of children, families and communities across North America.”
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Bible-based Protestant church with over 17 million members worldwide including more than 1.1 million members in North America. The Church in Florida with 89,000 members fulfills its healthcare ministry through its network of 20 hospitals including Florida Hospital and through health initiatives sponsored by local churches.
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