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September 2013

Being Equipped and Setting an Example

In the health calendar of this month we focus nationally on ‘Childhood Obesity awareness’ and ‘Fruits and Veggies-More Matters’ month. As individuals concerned with the physical, mental and spiritual health of our loved ones, our church members and our communities we have the opportunity to take these special calendar days and send a message to those around us.

This is one of the goals that our national initiative Adventists InStep for Life aims to accomplish. It is meant to give you a platform to do health education and health promotion as well as to apply the principles of healthy eating and active living in your own life. These two areas are central to our message of health and wholeness.

As many of you plan and prepare for Let’s Move Day this month, we pray that you will take this opportunity to first be active yourself and to also choose to eat more fruits and veggies in your diet. Once you do that, then invite others to join you. Teaching by example is one of the most effective ways. It is important that we focus on the reason behind our healthy lifestyle. It is all about us being God’s stewards of body, honoring Him, and then setting an example for our children.

The world is in crisis with an epidemic of chronic disease, obesity, diabetes, and so on. Like Christ we can help meet this urgent need and engage in our communities with a message of hope and wholeness. But we need to be equipped to do so. Below are opportunities that we have to learn more about the health crisis and how to respond: 

If you would like more information to attend one of these events or training contact us. There is also a toolkit available at the Health Calendar (US) link on page 2 which deals with “Fruits and Veggies – More is Best. ” It is free for your download. May the resources in this newsletter be helpful to you and may you bless your family, your church and your community by becoming equipped to do teach it by word and by example! Sends us your pictures, stories or videos for your Let’s Move day. We look forward to your stories of how you and your church reached out to the community. 

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

Focus on a Spirit Led Revival
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Health Ministries Resources
NAD Health Ministries

Ministering Healing Globally

During the month of August NAD Health Ministries Director Katia Reinert had the opportunity to experience cross training in the Southern Africa Indian Ocean Division (SID). This exchange experience is designed by the GC Health Ministries department to expose Division Health Ministries directors to successful programs being conducted in
other Divisions. Reinert attended the Youth Alive program sponsored by the Southern African Union, held at Windhoek, capital of Namibia. Hundreds of young people and youth leaders gathered for a week and participated of presentations related to addictions, healthy behaviors, emotional healing and spiritual health, as well as seminars dealing with relationships, healthy choices, leadership, devotional life, witnessing, study skills, among others. The youth also engaged in fun games and community outreach to kids in orphanages and the hospital. The successful program will be available in the North American Division Health Summit so youth leaders can be prepared to replicate the Youth Alive program in the NAD region as well.

Southern Union 

Health and Healing to Women

The Southern Union held its Union wide Women’s Ministries Conference on September 5-8 of 2013 with over 1000 in attendance. During the inspiring weekend women heard messages that ministered to their physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health. Health concerns is one of the six common issues Women face around the world and the women’s ministries department in NAD have partnered with Health Ministries in the Adventists InStep for Life and ENDitNOW initiatives to bring a message of hope and wholeness to our sisters. Among several seminars at the Conference, NAD Health Ministries Director Katia Reinert presented a seminar about emotional health and many were called to “choose a full life” in Christ and then minister to those around them. The Conference is held every 5 years and the women are looking forward for a NAD wide conference in 2014. Several “health related plenary and workshops are planned”, says Carla Baker, NAD Women’s ministries director. 

Potomac Conference

The Potomac Conference held its annual Women’s Ministries Retreat in Chantilly VA, on September 13-14, 2013. Focusing on the theme “Glimpses of Grace,” women heard healing messages that focused on Christ and His gifts, including health. Between
seminars women experienced graceful movement and stretches under peaceful songs of praise. Rae Lee Cooper, General Conference (GC) Nurse, led the group in these delightful breaks every few hours. Kathleen Kuntaraaf, MD from GC Health Ministries and Katia Reinert from NAD Health Ministries presented health and healing messages that challenged women to choose a full life and to celebrate God’s grace by choosing to live a healthful lifestyle.

Atlantic Union College

NETS Program

The Northeast Evangelism Training School (NETS) is having its second class of students this Fall. Since August they have been involved in training that will allow them to engage in effective heath evangelism. NETS is envisioned as a non-accredited, non-higher education diploma pastoral and lay training institute conducted on the campus of Atlantic Union College (though a separate program from AUC) to equip each student (pastors & lay persons) to become an effective soul-winning witness for Jesus. NAD Health Ministries director Katia Reinert met the current class and provided health ministries training and resources being offered by NAD. The students are getting ready for outreach in the nearby cities and the course should go through December 2013. A new class begins in January 2014. For more info about NETS contact NADHM@nad.adventist.org

CHOOSE to engage in UNSELFISH SERVICE and VOLUNTEER regularly to assist others in need
Facts with Hope
FACT: Residents of long-term care facilities who volunteered regularly had an overall higher well-being (life satisfaction, depression, and self-rated health) in comparison to residents who did not volunteer.  Forty-nine residents at five different long-term care facilities were randomly assigned to either volunteer in an English-as-a-second-language program for three months or receive usual care at their nursing home. Positive effects of the volunteer program on well-being was seen both at the end of the program and three months later.1
HOPE:  Looking for volunteers for a service project or outreach activity?  Don’t forget family or church members currently living in long-term care facilities. It’s a win-win for everyone!
FACT: Teens can protect their heart by doing something nice for others. Researchers found that tenth-grade students who volunteered for ten weeks to help younger students with homework and clubs showed significantly lower levels of inflammatory markers and a reduced body mass index (BMI) compared with controls. Volunteering also improved mood and self-esteem.2
HOPE: Obesity has tripled in adolescents in the last 30 years, and with it comes a higher risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and poor self-esteem.3 One way we can help is by developing opportunities for teens to volunteer in their schools, churches and communities

New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that older adults who volunteer for at least 200 hours per year decrease their risk of hypertension by 40 percent. The specific type of volunteer activity was not a factor—only the amount of time spent volunteering led to increased protection from hypertension.4

HOPE: High blood pressure is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.  Volunteering is a simple activity that benefits others while reducing your risk of disease.
FACT: According to the 2013 Healt and Volunteering Study conducted by Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group, doing good for others is good for you. Researchers found that out of 3,351 adults surveyed, 76% of volunteers reported feeling physically healthier, 78% reported lower stress levels, 80% felt more in control of their personal health, and 94% said volunteering improved their mood. Better yet, the benefits of volunteering were experienced by members of any age group, regardless of chronic health conditions.5
HOPE: This research shouldn’t surprise us.  Scripture reminds us “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).

  1. Yuen, H. K., Huang, P., Burik, J. K. & Smith, T. G. (2008). Impact of participating in volunteer activities for residents living in long-term-care facilities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 62(1), 71-76.
  2. Schreier, H. M., Schonert-Reichi, K. A. & Chen, E. (2013). Effect of volunteering on risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA Pediatrics 16(4), 327-332.  doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.1100.
  3. Ogden, C. L., Carroll, M. D., Kit, B. K. & Flegal, K. M. (2011). Prevalence of obesity and trends in body mass index among US children and adolescents, 1999-2010. Journal of the American Medical Association 307(5), 483-490.
  4. Sneed, R. S. & Cohen, S. (2013). A prospective study of volunteerism and hypertension risk in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 28(2), 578-586. doi: 10.1037/a0032718
  5. United Health Group. (2013). Doing good is good for you: 2013 health and volunteering study.  Retrieved from http://www.unitedhealthgroup.com/~/media/UHG/PDF/2013/UNH-Health-Volunteering-Study.ashx