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Ideas for Health Care Organizations

The North American Division has set the following 4 annual goals for Adventists InStep for Life:

Increase physical activity by:
  1. Accumulating 2 million physical activity miles through walking and other physical activities
  2. 60% of Adventist students achieving the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (United States only) or NAD Active Lifestyle Award
Focus on nutrition and increased fruit and vegetable servings by:
  1. Launching 100 summer feeding sites (at least one church and one school site per conference)
  2. Starting 100 vegetable gardens or farmer’s markets (at least one church and one school garden or market per conference)
Engage kids, youth, parents, schools and the community in working together to fight obesity

Below is a list of ideas to jumpstart your team’s brainstorming as you explore ways your health care organization can get involved in addressing childhood obesity. Click here to learn more about starting an Adventists InStep for Life team.

  • Form a team and choose a coordinator.
  • Educate and support patients and families in living and choosing healthier lifestyle through newsletters, flyers and classes.
  • Organize a 5K or 10K run/walk or other athletic event to raise awareness for childhood obesity in your community.
  • Partner with local farmers to bring a farmers market to neighborhoods that lack access to fresh foods.
  • Partner with local schools to offer salad bars for school lunches.
  • Consider building or revitalizing playgrounds in your community.
  • Sponsor the Summer Food Service Program in your community.
  • Communicate with convenience and grocery store managers about stocking healthier and local food options, including fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Coordinate with restaurants to offer healthy menu options.
  • Offer grants or scholarships for community projects addressing childhood obesity.
  • Encourage community leaders to sign your city up as a Let’s Move City and discuss ways to partner in the fight against childhood obesity.
Sponsoring Organizations
Seventh-day Adventist ChurchHope ChannelAdventist HealthCareAdventist HealthAdventist Health SystemKettering Health NetworkLoma Linda University - Health System
NAD Health MinistriesNAD Youth Pathfinder Adventurer CampAdventist Family MinistriesAdventist Chaplaincy MinistriesAdventist Education
Children's MinistriesNAD Disabilities MinistriesAdventist Community ServicesNAD Women's MinistriesNAD Ministerial Department
The material in this website is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any illness, metabolic disorder, disease or health problem. Always consult your physician or health care provider before beginning any nutrition or exercise program. Use of the programs, advice and information contained in this website is at the sole choice and risk of the reader.