Adventist Welness: Lifestyle & Wellness Centers

This document provides a summary of the philosophy and main principles for operation of Lifestyle and Wellness Centers. It is not exhaustive, and is an introduction to this important, and often neglected component of Comprehensive Health Ministry. It has been specially prepared for the 2019 General Conference Leadership Colloquium of Division Leaders which is themed “Wholeness in Christ: Mission Vision in Action.” We are grateful to the Taskforce that compiled this brochure - Viriato Ferreira and Zeno Charles-Marcel (co-chairs), Fred Hardinge, Chuck Cleveland, and Frank Fournier.

Grateful for Adventist Institutions of Higher Learning

Grateful for Adventist Institutions of Higher Learning 

Christmas is upon us, and 2020 is the reality of our planning and schedules. We look back with gratitude that the Lord has faithfully led us to this point, and by His grace, we may look forward with hope and confidence to the opportunities, challenges, joys, and duties of the New Year.


International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (Feb 6

UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global program to accelerate the abandonment of FGM, currently focusing on 17 African countries and also supporting regional and global initiatives. Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. 

World Cancer Day (Feb 4).

Created in 2000, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to unite under one voice to face one of our greatest challenges in history.  This year's World Cancer Day's theme, 'I Am and I Will', is all about you and your commitment to act. Through positive actions, together we can reach the target of reducing the number of premature deaths from cancer and noncommunicable diseases by one third by 2030. For materials and free awareness resources go to


International Day of Disabled Persons (Dec 3)

The annual observance of the International Day of 

Disabled Persons, proclaimed by the United Nations, aims to promote the rights and well-being of 

persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the 

situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life. The 

Adventist church is serious about ministering to those with special needs through the Possibility Ministries: Learn more and find resources 

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

church, school or community and


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


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