The Health Ministries Department provides a variety of resources and information promoting healthful living, with the mission of helping our members and communities to gain healthier bodies, brains and lives! It is our goal to provide balanced, scientifically sound, attractive programs that communicate a positive message of wellness; a compassionate approach to illness; and a compelling message of God’s mission, message, and love to a needy planet. Our Lifestyle Matters products (see www.lifestylematters.com) are cutting edge resources for use in Lifestyle Matters Health Intervention Seminars. We train and equip churches to hold community supper clubs, plant-based cooking classes, health expos, and other top notch lifestyle seminars. The mind/body/spirit connection is strategically and tactfully woven into all of our materials: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (1 John 3:2.) Let us help you (and your communities) change your lives….for good!
We also promote healthful living in the following ways:
Camp Meeting Seminars – We offer three health seminar tracks at Michigan Camp Meeting every June to train and equip attendees to improve their own health, as well as to promote health in their communities. We have a variety of seminars and speakers from around the country each year to bring you the latest health information and resources.
Wellness Works Training - These one-day seminars help further train and equip health ministry leaders and teams to reach out and serve our communities. Come, and learn to use Lifestyle Matters Seminars, Supper Clubs, Health Expos and a variety of up-to-date seminars and resources. Watch for a training seminar in your area, and in the meantime, check out our resource page for materials you can use to get started now.
Vicki Griffin is the Director Lifestyle Matters and the Director of Health Ministries for the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The health outreach programs she has produced include: Fit & free! Building Brain and Body Health seminars; Balanced Living PowerPoint and Video Series; and the Lifestyle Matters Health Intervention Series. She is the Editor of Balance magazine and Balanced Living tracts.
Vicki has authored numerous books and teaching materials for community health education. Her books for the Lifestyle Matters series include Diet and Stress: Is What you’re Eating, Eating you?; Foods for Thought: Nutrition’s Link with Mood, Memory, Learning, and Behavior; and Living Free: Finding Freedom from Habits that Hurt. She is the author of the Guilt-free Gourmet, which features easy, fast, economical and nutritious plant-based recipes. Balance magazine is widely used in community health outreach programs and features a wide variety of practical lifestyle articles, recipes, and tips.
As a science writer, her special area of interest and research is lifestyle stressors and simple stress solutions; that is, the relationship between diet, lifestyle, stress mechanisms, addictions, and brain health. She has conducted numerous nutritional labs worldwide and specializes in economical, easy, plant-based recipes.
Vicki has a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition; a Master’s degree in Public Administration; and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American College of Nutrition.
Evelyn Kissinger is a lifestyle consultant, registered dietitian, and teacher. She received her nutrition and dietetics degree at the University of Tennessee. Her Master of Science in Administration was received at Andrews University, where she later taught nutrition and wellness classes.
Evelyn is the Nutrition Director for Lifestyle Matters. She is also the Director of Lifestyle Matters at Work, a corporate wellness program that helps lower employee health care costs and increase productivity. Evelyn develops and implements wellness programs for schools, hospitals, and community organizations.
Evelyn has seen many lives change by sharing the powerful relationship of nutrition and lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Her passion is to help people reach and maintain their lifestyle goals for vibrant health.