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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

church, school or community http://bit.ly/2ofL7j6 and http://bit.ly/2oVT7G1.

 

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

 

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