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A Blessed Time

July 9 through 14, 2019 saw 900 delegates from 106 countries converge on Loma Linda University to attend the 3rd Global Conference on Health and Lifestyle. Over the five and a half days, there were over 30 plenary presentations, 22 breakout sessions, music, worship, exercise, food and fellowship! This was a “first” in that we had the privilege of inviting the Special needs Ministries (also known as Adventist Possibility Ministries) to partner with Adventist Health Ministries for this Global event, adding to the richness and depth of the meeting.

World Day for Prevention of Violence Against Children is November 19.

Violence against children includes all forms of violence against people under 18 years old. For infants and younger children, violence mainly involves child maltreatment (i.e. physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect) at the hands of parents and other authority figures. Boys and girls are at equal risk of physical and emotional abuse and neglect, and girls are at greater risk of sexual abuse. The ENDitNOW initiative is an effort of the Adventist church to speak up and advocate against violence of all forms, including violence towards children.

World Diabetes Day is November 14.

This yearʼs theme is Protect Your Family. The aim of world diabetes day is to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and to promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of the condition. The three main focus areas are discover, prevent, and manage diabetes. Access resources that can be used to raise awareness about diabetes in your

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World Mental Health Day is October 10.

The theme this year is Working Together to Prevent Suicide. Every 40 seconds someone commits suicide. Join the initiative in “40 seconds of action” to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it. For an Adventist program that helps build resilience against at risk behaviors such as suicide, go to www.youthaliveportal.org.

World Heart Day is September 29.

World Heart Day, the world heart federation created a global community of people from all walks of life who are acting now to live longer, better, heart-healthy lives by making a promise: to their families to cook and eat more healthily, to their children to exercise more and help them to be more active, to say no to smoking and help loved ones to stop. for MY HEART, for YOUR HEART, for ALL OUR HEARTS. Resources can be found at: http://bit.ly/2mCbXRN

 

Your Brain, Your Body

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!

World No Tobacco Day (May 31).

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.

World Malaria Day (April 25).

This is an internationally recognized day, highlighting the global efforts to control malaria and celebrating the gains that have been made. Since 2000, the world has made historic progress against malaria, saving millions of lives. However, half the world still lives at risk from this preventable, treatable disease, which costs a child’s life every two minutes. For resources on this go to:https://www.who.int/westernpacific/news/events/world-malaria-day

 

SDA Guidelines on Immunizations (April 24-30 is World Immunization Week).

Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, there are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world today. This year’s theme for the WHO World Immunization Week is Protected Together: Vaccines Work! Many people are misinformed about the risks of vaccines. The Adventist Church has published guidelines for vaccinations encouraging members to be vaccinated and immunized.

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