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.

Global community celebrates World No Tobacco Day

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Today the global community celebrates World No Tobacco Day, an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO). This year’s theme focuses on the impact that tobacco has on cardiovascular health. According to recent WHO statistics, tobacco kills up...

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Over 500 run Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center 5K to support mental health awareness

“Stand Up to Stigma,” a 5K run/walk sponsored by the Loma Linda University Health Behavioral Medicine Center in Redlands, drew more than 500 runners and walkers of all ages on Sunday, May 20. By participating in this second-annual event,...

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Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital welcomes nearly 1000 guests at 33rd annual Children’s Day

Nearly 1,000 children and their chaperones from the community filled the campus lawn during the 33rd annual Children’s Day, presented by Farmer Boys, at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) Wednesday, May 9.  The free event,...

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Adventist University students serve Jordanian community with health and art

Adventist University students serve Jordanian community with health and art

A group of 17 students and 3 staff from Middle East University (MEU) in Lebanon took part in an international service trip over spring break to Irbid, Jordan from March 30 to April 8, 2018​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​. ​The students represented four different...

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From April 20 to 22, more than 20,000 people participated in the 22nd National Meeting of Motorcyclists, held in Artur Nogueira, in the interior of São Paulo, Brazil. The event brought more than 200 motorcycles and attracted people who are...

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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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