Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., the 18th Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, was a special guest at the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Session on Sunday, June 27. Dr. Benjamin participated in a special health feature at the Georgia Dome.
The half-of-hour program focused on the historical perspective and benefits of health and temperance as it relates to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The program also included the signing of temperance cards by the 2,400 delegates of the Seventh-day Adventist Church Session. Dr. Benjamin was given the opportunity to join forces with the Church in encouraging and promoting healthy lifestyles as well as the importance of remaining alcohol, tobacco and drug free.
“This is a very important opportunity to focus on young people and also to remind our already committed leadership and world constituency and their communities of lifestyle as primary healthcare. This resonates with the health reform initiatives so topical in the USA at present,” said Peter N. Landless, M.B.,B.Ch., M.Med., who is the associate director of health ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a meaningful and unique evidence-based track record in promotion of healthful living and initiatives to combat addiction as well as to assist with smoking cessation worldwide. In the November 2005 edition of National Geographic, Adventists were featured in an article on people that lived long lives. In this article, longevity was attributed to healthy lifestyles which included exercise and diet.
The 59th General Conference Session is a business meeting of the global Seventh-day Adventist Church from June 24 – July 3, 2010 in Atlanta. Occurring every five years, General Conference Session gathers representatives from the church around the world to elect leadership and determine the focus of mission. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainline protestant denomination with over 16.3 million members in 206 nations around the world. The Church’s headquarters is in Silver Spring, Md.
George Johnson Jr. —Associate Director
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