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June 2012
The Blessing of a Godly Father
June is the month where we celebrate Father’s Day. The influence of a father has a lasting impact in one’s entire life. It can contribute to optimal health or increase one’s risk for disease. That is not only true because of the genes we inherit but more importantly because of the choices fathers make and the example they set for children growing up. It is not uncommon for fathers to think that it is the mother who exerts a stronger influence in a child’s life, they should not underestimate their profound influence. A father’s example and actions speaks volumes louder than his words.

This month we would like to encourage fathers, in particular, to acknowledge and embrace the strong influence they have on their children, wife and others around them, by focusing on one set of choices. That is to “CHOOSE wisely what MUSIC to listen to, what to SEE and READ, and for how long.”

There is evidence that the music one listens to may contribute to either positive or negative effects on mood and brain function. A song that can sometimes be seen as an “upbeat” happy song, like a syncopated pop song lacking harmony and carrying careless and empty lyrics, may in fact have a negative effect on the brain increasing risk mood disorders. On the other hand, a light harmonious song, such as in the case of baroque classical music or a hymn, can awaken the best brain faculties and stimulate the frontal lobe while also improving mood and the intellect. 

Likewise, the magazines and books one reads, and the images, movies, TV programs one sees will be stored in the brain and before one realize they may be influenced by the unholy spirit embedded in them. If not careful, one will be getting clues for how to behave, not by the Holy Spirit or God’s Word, but by the messages they receive through their senses. Sadly, many of these messages presented in this world can often be addictive and destructive. We are called in Proverbs 4:23 to “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (NIV).

We join others this month in praising God for the positive wisdom and spiritual influence of fathers who are careful to follow the counsel above. As they choose wisely the things that listen to, see, and read they will not only see positive results in their own mental and spiritual health, but also lay a foundation for the children who are absorbing all those values from a very young age. Children who are blessed to have this wise and Godly father should follow the counsel in Proverbs 4 to “Listen… to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding” (NIV). A happy father’s day to each precious father who reads this message. Thank you for choosing to live a healthy and abundant life in Christ! Your children are certainly blessed to have you as their father and God is honored!

Katia Reinert, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, PHCNS-BC
Director, Adventist Health Ministries – NAD

Focus on a Spirit Led Revival
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  A Call to Medical Evangelism and Education EGW - Review and Herald
This exceptional book by Ellen White is a call to—the church and to individuals—help others with medical and spiritual needs. When we follow this counsel, we are heeding the advice of Isaiah 58, which outlines our responsibility to help those who are sick and needy. This is the true service that God wants from us, and that is so powerfully called for in this timeless book.

Health Ministries Resources
NAD Health Ministries
During the month of May the Department of Nutrition & Wellness at Andrews University (AU) hosted the first Health & Fitness Symposium from May 10 - 13, 2012 and it was co-sponsored by the Pioneer Memorial Church Health & Wellness Ministries, GC/NAD Health Ministries and PositiveChoices.com. Students, faculty, wellness and fitness experts from across the NAD embraced the theme “Connect & Inspire to Share”. There was a great emphasis on connecting the physical and spiritual wellness components and also approaching health in a wholistic way. Many participated of the dozens of seminars and workshops. Other activities included early morning mobile adventure walks, a concert, and cooking demonstrations. Adventists InStep for Life initiative was highlighted in light of the recent massive public health initiative called the Weight of the Nation, discussing obesity. According to Dominique Wakefield, event organizer and assistant chair and director of fitness & exercise studies at AU “everyone had an amazing experience and the feedback was positive as people were energized”. 

Allegheny East Conference
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Souls (HBHS) is a church ­ based  program aimed at preventing diabetes by improving  diet and exercise among African American church goers in Baltimore City. Three SDA Churches (United In Christ, Cherry Hill and Miracle Temple ) participated with nine other inter-faith churches (Baptist, Church Of God In Christ, Non-Denominational and Catholic) in a study which was sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Nutrition and the American Diabetes Association. The study included a variety of interventions, such as healthy informational bulletin inserts and monthly education sessions, including:  “Tackling Pot-Luck Dinners”, “Pedometer Challenges”, “Healthy Cooking”, “Eating Out”, and “Healthy Snacks.”  Final results comparing the pre and post health assessments revealed that greater improvements were made in the group involving the SDA churches  in the areas of Health Outcomes (weight, blood pressure, BMI, waist circumference), Health Behaviors (healthy versus unhealthy purchases ), and  Physical Activity (vigorous & moderate activity, walking ).  Myrtle Evans, Baltimore Area Health Coordinator, noted  “Participating in this study was truly a blessing and I am excited about the many opportunities we have to spread our health message throughout this country.“  A. Leah Scott, MPH, AEC’s Health Ministries  Director added, “ I am thrilled that Allegheny East Conference (AEC) participated in a very important study that is helping to reduce the morbidity and mortality rates  of diabetes, the disease that affects the African-American population with great disproportion.” 

Georgia-Cumberland Conference
In an effort to reach out to reduced income families and the elderly in a small community and rural county, the Lancaster SDA Church, in Lancaster, TN, decided to embrace the Adventists InStep for Life initiative and foster friendships with community members by cooperating with other denominations in town in a joint project to meet the nutrition needs of those who might not have sufficient means to purchase fresh vegetables for their families while creating opportunities for witnessing. Ann Walper, a Faith Community Nurse (FCN) for the church, reports they approached the other two churches in town regarding planting a community garden. Members from the Lancaster Baptist Church and the Lancaster United Methodist Church, agreed to assist in this effort. A moderate-sized plot of ground right on the main road through town was donated for this purpose by a Methodist Church member. The Lancaster SDA church purchased the seeds and has provided the water, while members from all three churches have given their time and energy in tilling and preparing the ground, in planting the various seed varieties, and maintaining weed control as everything has sprung to life.  As produce comes in members of the three churches distribute it to needy families in Lancaster. Since some of the produce might not be readily familiar to the recipients (butternut and Hubbard squash, kale and crowder peas), Ann is providing a newsletter with recipes and a short educational health article to each recipient.

Ohio Conference
Update on the Ohio Conference's Hillsboro SDA church members “mingling” in their community. From the last report on the church’s 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk, the church members continued with community garden development. At last report, the Hillsboro mayor, Drew Hastings, contacted church member Marilyn Heistand regarding painting her barn, where the community gardens are located. Hillsboro High School art and vocational students painted a whimsical mural as part of a city beautification project. The design represents Highland County's and Hillsboro agricultural roots and the colors and patterns fit in with the "Summer of Love" which is the theme for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure that takes place in Hillsboro next month.

CHOOSE wisely what MUSIC to listen to, what to SEE and READ, and for how long

FACT: Listening to uplifting music may be good for your cardiovascular system.  Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have shown that emotions aroused by joyful music caused tissue in the inner lining of blood vessels to dilate 26% in order to increase blood flow.  On the other hand, when study volunteers listened to music that caused anxiety, their blood vessels narrowed.
HOPE:  Psalm 98:4 reminds us to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”  Take a mental inventory on the kind of music played in your home, car or office.  By listening to joyful music, you’ll be praising God and improving your health.
FACT: According to a two-year study of more than 3000 school-age children, video game addiction has been associated with problems in youth including depression, anxiety, social phobias and lower school performance. Those who stopped being addicted ended up with lower levels of these same symptoms, but still higher levels than the control group of children who never became addicted.
HOPE: Take inventory of how your child spends her free time on a typical day and weekend. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents limit screen time to no more than two hours per day includes television, videos/DVDs, and video games.  In doing so, you decrease your child’s risk for poor school performance and mental health problems.
FACT:  Harvard School of Public Health researchers found that prolonged TV viewing (more than three hours per day) was associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature death.  The researchers analyzed eight previous studies and found that for every two hours of daily TV watching, a person’s risk of developing diabetes rose by 20 percent and of developing heart disease by 15 percent.
HOPE:  As we promote increased physical activity in our homes, churches, and communities, we can significantly impact health risks by also encouraging a reduction in sedentary behaviors like prolonged TV watching.
FACT:  According to a study of 25,888 13-15 year olds, Bible reading makes a significant contribution to promoting a negative attitude toward drug use among this age group.  Bible reading was clearly associated with taking a firmer stand against substance use.
HOPE: Encouraging young people in personal Bible reading is not only good for their souls, but also for their bodies!