Vitality

Health

Living a healthful life

The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes the autonomy of each individual and his or her God-given power of choice. Rather than mandating standards of behavior, Adventists call upon one another to live as positive examples of God’s love and care.

Part of that example includes taking care of our health—we believe God calls us to care for our bodies, treating them with the respect a divine creation deserves. Gluttony and excess, even of something good, can be detrimental to our health.

Adventists believe the key to wellness lies in a life of balance and temperance. Nature creates a wealth of good things that lead to vibrant health. Pure water, fresh air and sunlight—when used appropriately—promote clean, healthy lives.

Exercise and avoidance of harmful substances such as tobacco, alcohol and mind-altering substances lead to clear minds and wise choices. A well-balanced vegetarian diet that avoids the consumption of meat coupled with intake of legumes, whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, along with a source of vitamin B12, will promote vigorous health.

Such health is a gift from a loving God who wants us to live life in its abundance. When we benefit from such love, we feel a sense of gratitude and appreciation toward our creator.

Because of this, Adventists choose to praise God with joyful living.

109-year-old Sunday school to become Adventist health center in Scotland

109-year-old Sunday school to become Adventist health center in Scotland

Sep 01, 2016

A 109-year-old Sunday school building in Scotland is being turned to a Seventh-day Adventist health ministry and outreach center with the aid of a...

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Press Release: Seventh-day Adventist world church headquarters to hold free vision and dental clinic September 18

Press Release: Seventh-day Adventist world church headquarters to hold free vision and dental clinic September 18

Aug 29, 2016

Contact: Tanya Holland 301-680-6309, HealthFair(at)gc.adventist(dot)org The world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in partnership...

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Raymond Ryckman, scientist who helped put Loma Linda on map, dies at 99

Raymond Ryckman, scientist who helped put Loma Linda on map, dies at 99

Aug 18, 2016

Raymond E. Ryckman, a Seventh-day Adventist scientist with top-secret U.S. government clearance and a leading expert on Chagas disease, has died just...

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2,000 served at Jumpstart Free Health Clinic in Killeen, Texas

2,000 served at Jumpstart Free Health Clinic in Killeen, Texas

Aug 17, 2016

Devon Darson cried when she called the Jumpstart Free Health Clinic number. “The guy answered the phone and said, ‘We’re here to serve you.’ And I...

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1,722 people get $6.5 million in free health care in West Virginia

1,722 people get $6.5 million in free health care in West Virginia

Jul 18, 2016

Seventh-day Adventist volunteers provided more than $6.5 million in free medical services to about 1,700 patients over three days at the first...

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In Monterrey, the Adventist Church partners with the government to provide city-wide health education

In Monterrey, the Adventist Church partners with the government to provide city-wide health education

Jun 27, 2016

Representatives from the Ministry of Health from the city of Monterrey, Mexico, stood next to Seventh-day Adventist leaders in North Mexico to sign a...

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Our beliefs

Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.

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