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July 2012
Rest for Body, Mind and Soul
Summer is here! This is a time for family vacation and relaxation. Are you taking advantage of this beautiful time to enjoy your loved ones and give your body a time to unwind from your busy life? Not everyone takes this precious opportunity. Often times people work hard in this fast paced world to meet the demands of life, and many see vacation or sleep as a waste of time! However, there is plenty of evidence that daily, weekly and yearly rest, are important for health of body, mind and soul (see page 4).

The opportunity for yearly rest is precious where I grew up. Yes! In Brazil, working individuals take one full month of paid vacation plus many long holiday weekends throughout the year to spend with loved ones and simply rest. That is mandatory. This includes people in ministry (pastors, teachers, administrators, health professionals, etc). Yes, a full month! No one feels guilty but they look forward to unwind and spend that precious time with family and friends to reconnect with people and with God. When compared to other industrialized countries, America is the only country where paid vacation time is not mandatory for every worker. Countries such as South Africa, UK, Australia, Israel, Morocco, etc…have a mandated paid vacation. In Finland, it’s approaching two months vacation time.

When was the last time you took a full month off? If you are like most people living in North America you may say “never”! If that is the case, hopefully you are taking a week here or there or several days here and there. But certainly not everyone does. It is so easy to work hard for God and neglect this choice to allow time for appropriate rest. Believe me, I know. I have been guilty of this many times also.  

It is challenging when there is so much work to be done at home and for the Lord, or perhaps financial demands and commitments. We have been guilty of this when we stay late for committee meetings, or when we plan events, conventions, church meetings that do not allow for adequate rest. The more connected we are with God the clearer He speaks to us showing us “the path of life” (Psalm 16:11).

He says “walk here”… “choose to SLEEP early, take VACATIONS, and rest on the Sabbath day.” Why should we make Sabbath the day with the most activities, committees, creating such a heavy busy schedule with such little time for a walk in the park, a chat with the children or for visiting someone? Once in a while it may be acceptable, however that should not be the norm. Why should we keep late hours working on projects for the church or in late meetings? That affects our brain health. Once in a while it may be acceptable but it should not be the norm. Inspiration says, “by keeping late hours…we lay the foundation for feebleness… by overworking mind or body, we unbalance the nervous system. The opportunity of blessing others, the very work for which God send us to do, is cut short…” (Christ Object Lessons, 346.4).

I am not sure about you, but I am grateful for God’s grace and His plan for our health. No matter how many times we have failed, he invites us to reconsider these principles again, and to start today. This message of health and healing must have ascendency in our lives. I pray He will impress you as He has impressed me. Yes, let us make plans for vacations, for going to bed early, and for having adequate rest in His presence on the Sabbath day. By making this choice we will honor Him and also reap the benefits of a strong mind, improved memory and immunity, and more physical strength. We will be ready to do “the very work God send us to do” which is to bless others.

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

Focus on a Spirit Led Revival
Join Seventh-day Adventists around the globe to pray for revival and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Join us in the “777” prayer, seeking “Revival and Transformation” as 7th-day Adventists praying 7 days a week at 7 o’clock (am or pm) daily, without ceasing until Jesus comes. For more information visit www.revivalandreformation.org  

Reach NAD prayer calendar:
The Great Hope  An 11-chapter abridged version of The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White (formatted by the E. G. White Estate). Join us in reading it this year. GREAT HOPE PROJECT: The Great Hope audio recordings are now available online. Downloadable in mp3 format, they can be loaded to your iPod, CDs, iphone, computer, for listening while you are exercising, driving, or working. The Great Hope can be ordered through your local Adventist Book Center (800-765-6955). The price is now 1-199/ .79 ea. and 2,000 or more/ .49 ea. Plus S&H. Join  us in the distribution of 3 million copies of The Great Hope in North America. ( English, Spanish, and French).

Health Ministries Resources
                    National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness Prevention Month
                    International Group B Strep Awareness Month
                    UV Safety Awareness Month – Prevent Blindness in America    
                    Juvenile Arthritis Month
NAD Health Ministries
Summer is here and the NAD Health Ministries department has been active encouraging and inspiring people to “Choose Full Life and Tell the World”! NAD Health Director, K. Reinert, attended the EPODE International Network's (EIN) Global Obesity Forum on June 29 in New York City where Dr Zeno Charles-Marcel represented the Adventist church community outreach efforts to curb obesity. Multistakeholder participants attended (policy makers, scientific experts, public/institutions representatives) from around the world. The topic was how to reverse the trend of childhood obesity around the world and the Adventist Church was recognized for its effective community programs. From there, Reinert went on to the Greater New York Conference camp meeting to hold a health ministry training. The group which included pastors, health professionals and lay leaders, is preparing for NY13 – a massive evangelistic effort to take place in 2013 and all left motivated to embrace the right arm in the preaching of the gospel. See www.NY13.org for more information on how you can participate as well.

Potomac Conference
Sligo Adventist School, John Nevin’s Andrews School and Washington Adventist University sponsored a first 5K race with the goal of raising awareness and money for a great cause: Worthy Students. They were blessed with a beautiful weather despite the call for rain. Heather Lunsford, Home and School leader at Sligo Adventist School and race organizer, recounts how God answered their prayer. The skies opened up to rain but the Lord’s power was already being felt and no one was being deterred from making this inaugural race special. Some runners even welcomed the dreary weather, saying it was a perfect day for running! She wrote, “As I stood under the dripping trees of the Parkway, I remembered back to my prayers the night before that it wouldn’t rain because then people would come.   I was amazed at how the Lord chose to answer prayer – the rain came but so did the people.  I think it was the Lord’s way of saying, ‘Trust Me, you are doing My Work.’  And when all was said and done we raised close to $13,000.00 for Christian Education and Worthy Students.  Our first attempt at raising awareness for Worthy Students turned into a success.” Miles will be reported to the Adventist InStep for Life so the school can get credit.

Chesapeake Conference
InStep Kick-off at Spencerville SDA Church
This summer the Spencerville SDA Church in Silver Spring, MD launched the InStep for Life program to encourage its members to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The leadership of the church’s Health Ministries Committee made presentations to the congregation at both first and second services. Drs. Albert Reece, Peter Landless and Elmer Carreno enthusiastically challenged the church to participate. The committee set goals of 250 members participating in the program and a church total of 150,000 miles during the first year. Over 200 members signed up the first two weeks of the endeavor. To kick off the program the afternoon of the first Sabbath, the church invited members to take a family walk at Centennial Park in nearby Columbia, Maryland, tracking the distance they walked with the new pedometers they received when they signed up.  Dozens of people took advantage of the beautiful summer afternoon.

Kettering Health Network
Wellness Symposium Showcases Cure for Chronic Disease
Dr Harvey Hahn, Kettering Medical Center Cardiologist and Dr Hans Diehl, founder of the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP), took the stage in front of over 250 attendees at the first Wellness Symposium on April 18, 2012, at the National Composite Center in Kettering. The message was the breakthrough research that teaches us to halt, and even reverse, chronic disease through lifestyle choices. Dr Hahn stated that 75% of Western Culture diseases are a result of the choices we make. With the proper education, more activity and better diets, conditions that were thought to be only manageable by medicine are actually curable when we combine medicine with a healthy lifestyle. The Symposium was the first of its kind at Kettering Health Network. Most of the attendees paid for admission to receive continuing education credits. “The event was well organized with multiple vendors, a great healthy lunch, and several breakout learning sessions,” said Dr. Hahn. “We are all looking forward to next year’s session.”

Sleep, Vacations and Rest on the Sabbath Day

FACT: A recent study found that regularly working overtime increases the risk of heart disease by 60 percent. Yet the typical American works 47 hours a week—164 more hours per year than only 20 years ago—and one-third don’t even take all their earned vacation days. And that doesn’t even count additional work responsibilities at home or a second job..
HOPE:  Research suggests that it is not the intensity of energy expenditure that produces burnout, but rather the duration of expenditure without recovery.  God foresaw our dilemma, and gave us the Sabbath—a weekly gift of physical, mental and spiritual renewal in our demanding lives.
FACT: Taking a vacation is good for your health.  Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh studied 12,338 men for nine years as part of a large coronary heart disease study called MRFIT.  They found that annual vacations by middle-aged men at high risk for coronary heart disease was associated with a significant reduction in all-cause mortality and more specifically death due to heart disease.  And the renowned Framingham Heart Study showed that women who take at least two vacations a year are eight times less likely to have coronary disease.
HOPE: As health promoters, we often advocate eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity.  Encouraging people to take regular breaks from work is another way we can lower health risks in our churches and communities.
FACT:  Chronic stress brought on by a large lingering event or an accumulation of small daily stresses can impact our decision-making skills. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health showed that under chronic stress our ability to think through goal-oriented decisions cease; instead, we make reactive automatic decisions.
HOPE:  By breaking the everyday stress cycle, we strengthen our decision-making skills and end up making smarter choices for ourselves and those around us. Without the weekly renewal of the Sabbath, we cannot truly experience a healthy life.
FACT:  Researchers from the Netherlands measured the effect that vacations have on overall happiness and how long it lasts. Surveying 1,530 adults, they found after a vacation, happiness quickly dropped back to baseline levels for most people within two weeks.  Surprisingly, even those travelers who described the trip as “relaxing” showed no additional jump in happiness after the trip. “They were no happier than people who had not been on holiday.”
HOPE: The same study, however, found that that the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.  Having something positive to look forward to helps reduce negativity in our daily lives.  Increase your happiness quotient today by spending a few minutes planning your next vacation.