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01-11-12 Seventh-day Adventist Church Hosts Health Summit
Seventh-day Adventist Church Hosts Health Summit

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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.
Surgeon General, Regina Benjamim, MD, MPH
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.

Donna Richardson Joyner, President Council on Fitness , Sports and NutritionKatia 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.

Website:  www.nadhealthsummit.com

       Bernadine Delafield, assistant director
       Office of Communication
       North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
       Silver Spring, MD 20904
       Office:  301-680-6145, Cell: 240-246-5199

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