As a church, we have been counseled that the “gospel of health” should be the “right arm” of our message. Accordingly, we are listing some selected health resources that actively recognize the relationship between Christ’s last message to the world and the “gospel of health.” These are intended to enable you to experience the “gospel of health” in your own life and prepare you to share it with others.
Before listing resources, I would like to share that optimal health is based on following God’s Eight Laws of Health. They can be remembered by the acronym NEWSTART:
- Nutrition: Following a plant-based diet, eating modestly and regularly of the foods God created as close to their original form as possible.
- Exercise: Regularly moderate exercise, preferably in the fresh air.
- Water: Sufficient water both inside and outside the body.
- Sunlight: Regular exposure to sunlight will boost mood and immunity.
- Temperance in all things: Eating and sleeping on a regular schedule and abstaining from all things harmful, including overeating.
- Air: Enjoy fresh air both outdoors and inside the house. Open windows to let the fresh air in.
- Rest: Regular hours of sleep are of high importance for optimal body and brain function.
- Trust in God: It’s the remedy for one of the major causes of disease, namely negative stress.
LifeStyleMatters.com Developed by Vicki Griffin and Evelyn Kissinger, these programs seamlessly integrate physical and mental health. Vicki is quite unapologetic about the approach and shares how even atheists have been known to appreciate the programs. The programs are relatively inexpensive, 3 and come with detailed training materials. Show more info
We have had excellent experiences with the Depression – the Way Out seminar in our church. Attendees are extremely grateful. And the program lends itself well to integrating physical and spiritual wellness. The round-table discussions foster forming relationships. Show more info
Founded by Hans Diehl, this well-tested and highly successful CHIP program (originally Coronary Health Improvement Program) is likely the grand-daddy of the modern Adventist health improvement programs. It probably added at least an extra 20 years to my own father’s life. CHIP is considerably more expensive than the Life Style Matters programs and also more expensive than the Neil Nedley programs. It takes a greater investment of both time and effort, but for those who can invest both, it is highly successful in reaching the higher classes of society. Show more info
Educate Yourself With These Resources
(Many are free)
Proof Positive: How to Reliably Combat Disease and Achieve Optimal Health Through Nutrition and Lifestyle, by Neil Nedley is a book devoted to demonstrating “Proof Positive” from the scientific literature that God’s plan for staying healthy works. It is written in language easily understood by the lay person and filled with charts, diagrams and other illustrations to make the material understandable. Many say that they find the book “hard to put down” because of its wealth of interesting information. It is also a good reference book to keep on hand, with its hefty 555 pages of text. Show more info
Vitamin K2 And The Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life, by Kate Rheaume-Bleue.
You’ve probably heard about Vitamin B12 and the fact that B12 deficiency is common in not only vegans but also people who eat animal products. But most of us know very little about fat-soluble Vitamin K2 which plays such a vital role in so many essential processes in our body, much less the fact that the menaquinone form is the most helpful supplement to take. The author seeks to remedy this deficiency in knowledge. The bottom line is that Vitamin K2 acts much like a hormone in conjunction with fat-soluble Vitamin D and Vitamin A.Show more info
Health Education Videos
Health Education Articles
(All are free)
Also see the book excerpts from Neil Nedley’s Proof Positive.
Health Education Lectures
Since this page was first published over a decade ago, some of the resources that were listed are no longer available, but there are literally thousands of healthy plant-based recipes available on the internet. Just search for “plant-based recipes” or “vegan recipes.”
- See Matthew 4:23, Matthew 9:35, Matthew 12:9-11, Mark 5:29-31, John 6:2, Acts 10:38 ↩
- See Luke 9:5-7, Acts 3:1-8, Acts 4:10-12, 1 Corinthians 12:9 ↩
- Prices listed on the website are retail. Churches get the bulk wholesale rate. Participants purchase necessary materials at retail rate, thus helping to cover expenses of the program. ↩
- And I just have to say that the Guilt-free Gourmet Cookbooks are just about the best cookbooks for a plant-based diet. The recipes are fairly simple, and they actually taste good! Check out some sample recipes. ↩
- You can also find a little more information at the Michigan Conference Health Ministries site. ↩
- Incidentally the video used the “Training the Trainers” is of an event I attended live at the British Columbia Conference in Canada. ↩