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.

Two Loma Linda University Health facilities receive American Heart Association awards

Two Loma Linda University Health facilities receive American Heart Association awards

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Hundred’s run during ‘Let’s Move to Live’ race in North Colombia

Hundred’s run during ‘Let’s Move to Live’ race in North Colombia

More than 400 Seventh-day Adventists and friends recently ran across parts of the coastal city of Santa Marta in North Colombia, during the annual race to promote healthy living under the church’s...

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In St. Thomas, church impacts families through neighbor-to-neighbor community initiative

In St. Thomas, church impacts families through neighbor-to-neighbor community initiative

Seventh-day Adventists from the Shiloh Adventist Church recently provided spiritual support, health and wellness services, school supplies and personal items to dozens in the surrounding community of...

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African American father and his son.

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San doctors awarded for their care and commitment

San doctors awarded for their care and commitment

Sydney Adventist Hospital doctors have been recognized for their passion and expertise during the inaugural San Hospital Doctor Gala Dinner. Held at the Harbourside Taronga Function Center, the...

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Girl forgoes birthday gifts to help children with cancer

Girl forgoes birthday gifts to help children with cancer

Is there a minimum age to exercise solidarity? The generous initiative of 7-year-old Maria Fernanda is evidence there is not. The little girl chose to celebrate her birthday by having a party with her...

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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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