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.