U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin spoke to health professionals, health ministry leaders and media at the Lake Mary Marriott Hotel Saturday, to kick off the Health Summit, an annual meeting sponsored by the Health Ministries of the Seventh Day Adventists.
“America’s Doctor” was in town to thank the religious leaders who champion holistic health for their part in helping to make America healthier.
As the chairwoman of the National Prevention Council, Dr. Benjamin oversees a collaboration of 17 departments from all walks of government, including education, housing and transportation, who share a common goal. “To improve Americans’ health at every stage of life, and change the focus from sickness and disease to wellness and prevention, ” she said.
In a plug for Obama’s health reform act, Benjamin told the audience: “We want to bring health to where you are, to where you work, play, live and pray. We are trying to make it easier and more affordable for every individual to make healthier choices.”
She added that she couldn’t do it without the support of the health professionals and religious leaders in the community and in the crowd of more than 500 who turned out for the week-long summit.
The National Prevention Strategy aims to reduce the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung disease and violence. Benjamin said, “300 million Americans are my patients, but I couldn’t do it without you.”
Besides Benjamin, Donna Richardson Joyner, a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; Dr. Albert Reece, dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland; and Dr. Angela Fals, director of child and family wellness at Florida Hospital for Children, were on the dais.
Article reprinted here from the Orlando Sentinel blog, Vital Signs. Click here to view the original article.