Twelve years ago then Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) encouraged the Church to speak on Health and Lifestyle to the world. This invitation was directed to the Health Ministries Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church through Dr. Margaret Chan’s Office for Partnerships and UN Reform. This was following her initiative to welcome collaboration with faith-based organizations including churches. The First Global Conference on Health and Lifestyle took place in 2009!
Every year on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is "tobacco and lung health." The campaign will increase awareness on the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease, the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.
An Australian observational study followed more than 5000 children from infancy to 11 years old--approximately 4700 were ever breast fed. Infants whose mothers drank alcohol while breast-feeding had lower cognitive scores by age 6. These differences were no longer significant by age 10-11, and were independent of prenatal alcohol use.
PositiveTip: Alcohol use while breastfeeding can significantly impair the mother's ability to self-regulate and make safe choices for herself and/or her child.