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.

Children learn about healthy eating benefits during holiday

Children learn about healthy eating benefits during holiday

Giovanna, 6 years old, did not like fruits or vegetables when she arrived to attend the Christian Holiday School in Bahia, Brazil. She just wanted to eat sweets, pizza and other goodies. However,...

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Dedication of a new Adventist hospital in the U.S. state of Maryland

Dedication of a new Adventist hospital in the U.S. state of Maryland

Thursday, August 8, marked a momentous occasion that has been more than a decade in the making. The doors of Adventist Health Care’s brand-new White Oak Medical Center (WOMC) were opened. Special...

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Family eating a healthy vegetarian food. Vegan lunch table top view, plant based diet. Baked vegetables, fresh salad, berries, bread on a white background.

Good mood foods: Can you munch your way to happiness?

We all know that eating well is important for your health, but did you know it can impact your mood as well? Your brain works 24/7 and, just like a car, it will perform better with premium fuel. What...

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More than 200 children participate in health summit in Ukraine

More than 200 children participate in health summit in Ukraine

Youth from the Lugansk Seventh-day Adventist church and other faith communities recently organized and conducted “Land of Health,” a children’s health summit, in the city of Lugansk, Ukraine. The...

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Global Conference on Health and Lifestyle 2019

Global Conference on Health and Lifestyle 2019

From July 9 to July 13, 2019, the Health Ministries Department of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church will host its third Global Conference on Health and Lifestyle at Loma Linda University. The...

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Superfood salad bowl. Mixed leaf salad with beetroot & pumpkin with creamy avocado dressing.

Can what you eat boost your brainpower?

Eating well is important for your brain, as well as your body. Your brain needs fuel and nourishment to perform at its best—now, and in the future. What you eat can make a big difference to your mood,...

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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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