Health Ministries

Caribbean Wellness Week 2015

Adventist version fun run walk

Want to Live Healthy Graduation

Want to Live Healthy Graduation

On Sabbath, June 27
th, a commencement exercise was held for 279 persons who participated in the ‘I Want to Live Healthy’ program. This is an initiative of the Health Ministires Department of the Inter-american Division. The goal of the program is to make people more aware of how simple healthy living is.
Over the course of the last 8 - 9 weeks, individuals participated and adopted 8 healthy habits each week that would enhance their overall health. These habits included; water, positive attitude, salads, exercise, rest, fasting, breakfast and happiness. Participants gave testimonials on how they incorporated the 8 different habits into their lives and how much improvement it has made.

In attendance and giving greetings were; Pastors Leonard Johnson, President, ATCU and Paul Scavella, President, SBC. Mrs. Shirlene Henriques, Director Health and ADRA, Ministries of ATCU was the guest speaker for the occasion. She commended the participants for choosing to be a part of this life changing program. She reminded them that with Christ anything is possible and that the purpose for keeping themselves healthy is to be a part of the great commission – preaching and teaching and baptizing (leading people to Christ).

At the end of the program all persons present were invited to partake of a healthy supper of, salad and water.

The next step for ‘I Want To Live Healthy’ is to launch it to the community.

We encourage all of our church members to participate in this program first and then take it to the community.



Upcoming Events

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Conference Wide Vegetarian Cooking Class
22 – 25 AHPA Weekend Retreat (Postponed)

Health/Youth Speech Contest
Family Island Health Weekend
25 Public Health Lecturer
21 – 28 Conference Wide Plant-based Diet Challenge

Public Health Lecturer


Health Day 2015

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Health Impact Day At Windsor Park



The Health Ministries Department will be on Windsor Park this afternoon (April 18, 2015) from 4:00 - 7:30 pm. This is a joint effort of all churches in our conference. Bring the entire family and let us make a health impact on the community!
There will free screenings, counseling, clothing, shoes, breadbasket giveaways, prayer, and live demos. All church members are invited and encouraged to bring along someone you know would benefit from this outreach.
-Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director


Island Wide Fun Run Walk

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WOW Wellness Health Retreat


8 Weeks to Wellness


Health & Lifestyle Training Program

Health Flyer 2013

Wellness & Prevention Week at Berea

‘Let Everything That Hath Breath, Praise the Lord!” was the caption of Prayer and Praise Service on Wednesday evening April 17, that marked the start of the Week of Wellness and Prevention at Berea SDA Church. Activities throughout the week included seminars, workshops and live demonstrations on wellness and prevention.

Special thanks to Mr. Basil Miller, Senior Agriculture Officer of the Department of Agriculture, who exposed the dangers of store-bought pesticide-laden plant-based foods (produce) and stimulated great interest in ‘Back-yard Farming’. Listeners were especially startled to learn how dependent Bahamians are on the importation of food, as the food supply in the country can only suffice for two weeks. Mr. Miller underscored the urgency to grow our own food and shared vital information on crop rotation, importance of direct sunlight, soil composition and natural pesticides. The oral presentation was complimented with an outside demonstration of a home-based irrigation system. Over one hundred eager person from the church and attended this seminar. The first forty attendees received a starter kit, inclusive of seeds, soil and an irrigation system.

An engaging question-and-answer session was facilitated by Doctors, John Carter, Joseph Evans, Tony Frankson, Alpheus Alleck, Idamae Hanna, and Alvira Higgs. Matters discussed ranged from simple headaches to issues on fertility.

During the ‘Lets Get Physical’ session on Sunday morning, children and teens were introduced to games of the good old days like, hopscotch, bat and ball (roundance) and jacks among others. These all met the fancy of the kids who were left begging for more.

People are truly becoming more conscious of what they are consuming for food believing the adage “You are what you eat”. This was evident as persons came out in droves on Sunday afternoon to Vegan Cooking Class to learn alternative ways of preparing protein plant-based dishes. Two of the main protein products used for the entire cooking class were, lentils and Tofu. Some dishes prepared were, Carrot Lentil Cake, Scrambled Tofu, Stew lentils, baked brown rice, Lasangua, Stove-top brown rice, Oatmeal Cookies, granola, and Sweet and Sour Tofu.
The first module of The Wellness and Prevention Training Programme, which begun on January 3, concluded with twenty-eight participants ranging from ages 80 to 10, being certified. The program consists of four modules Lifestyle Principles, Anatomy & Physiology, Hydrotherapy and Massage, and Herbology.

The week of activities was truly inspirational. Lives have been transformed and it was evident that the presence of the Holy Spirit was there.

Article By: Nathelyn LaCroix,
Health Director, Berea SDA

Preparing For The Crisis Ahead

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8 Weeks To Wellness

It has been four weeks since over 200 participants and coaches started 8 Weeks to Wellness 2013. Already there are many testimonies of weight lost, inches shed, and lots of other important health benefits. Participants are excited to be a part of such a wonderful program.

Each Monday at exactly 6:00 pm participants dressed in their program T-Shirts and armed with their pedometers start their exercise of choice. Some head out to the field to walk with team leader Patricia Ferguson, others get a creative, but invigorating workout while sitting with our chair aerobics group led by Kim Scavella, while many others choose our most vigorous workout session led by Bruce Young and Andy Green. After the exercise session participants cool down to an important spiritual charge by Torri Knowles or Noel Brown. The most loved session of all is the time when we divide into 16 coaching groups. It is in the group sessions where participants get to commit to personal goals, share their accomplishments, their struggles, and encourage each other. Each group is led by one or two dedicated coaches who have committed to call, and encourage their group members each week. The last session for the evening is the half hour health educational session from the best health professionals in the Bahamas. At the end some of our participants become the recipients of gift incentives. Incentives are not given for losing the most weight, but for following some of the important health principles encouraged by the program.

The 8 Weeks to Wellness program came out of the need to provide the public with the tools for health behavior change. Before 2005 the Adventist Health Professionals Association was involved in bringing awareness through numerous health screenings and health fairs. Helping people to become aware of their health status was only the beginning. People needed tools and coaching in order to make significant health behavior change. It was from this back drop that the first wellness program was initiated in 2005.

Over the years the scientific analysis of the participants who completed the program showed significant weight loss and reduction in blood pressure. Participants also show significant increase in fruits and vegetables consumption and physical activity.

On Monday April 29th we will be celebrating with our graduates of the 8th Annual 8 Weeks to wellness program 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Bahamas Academy Gym. It is always amazing to hear the awesome testimonies of how this program as impacted the lives of so many grateful participants. Feel free to come out and be empowered.

Article By:
Idamae Hanna

A Wellness Experience - Live Well: Body, Mind & Spirit

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Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 1:2 KJV

On Sunday, February 3, 2013, the Health Department of the Parkgate S.D.A. Church sponsored a Wellness Experience under the theme: Live Well-Body, Mind & Spirit. The participants were treated to an array of wellness tips and remedies wrapped up in a sumptuous presentation style.

Born out of a desire to help persons live their best life; presenters encouraged, motivated and inspired their audience to adopt healthy lifestyles for optimum health and longevity by Church Pastor, E. D. Clarke, presented as the appetizer, Spiritual Wellness.This he stated is “foundational for successful living”.

The entrée was served by motivational speaker, Patrice Williams-Gordon in an animated display that emphasized the importance of maintaining balance in an imbalanced world. This course was complimented by a Fitness Blast Session where the audience stretched, twisted and turned in an energetic 7 min. exercise session conducted by Tyrone Neely.

Participants was able to choose from various side dishes that included a Financial Wellness Session which outlined practical budget saving tips by CPA Mrs. Vanria Gardiner; House hold tips straight from the kitchen by Mrs. Charisee Smith and Easy Effortless Recipes by Mrs. Tinia Browne. Not to be left undone, the teens were treated to a special feast on Living Healthy in an Unhealthy World by Mrs. Anastacia Carter while the men enjoyed their treat on Men’s Health by Urologist, Dr. Joseph Evans.

The dessert was the final portion and was beautifully served in our Back Yard Farming segment by Mr. Dwayne Adderley. The audience was able to sample the fruit of his labour, prepared right before their eyes. Many pledged to create their own back yard farms in their quest to lead healthier, well balanced lives. The day ended with a four course healthy meal, gifts and surprises and a promise to live well- Body, Mind and Spirit.

Article By: Phyllis Woodside

Welcome To Health Ministries

Welcome to the Health Ministries Department of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist!

In III John 2 God says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” It was always God’s plan that we strive physically, mentally, socially and spiritually, which will maintain total health of mind body and soul. God’s original plan was for man to live forever. Sickness, depression, social unrest and death are all the result of sin and its curse.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes there is a real connection between the spiritual and the physical. People with clear minds are better able to understand the will of God, and people with healthy bodies are better able to serve others.

The Health Ministries Department has two goals:
• To provide Health Education for church members
• To Evangelize our communities through Health Ministries

All for one purpose: to restore the image of God in men and women; “To make man whole.”


Let's Prevent Dengue!

Here Are The Facts?

The Aedes Aegypti Mosquito causes Dengue. The mosquito is a domestic pest and lays its eggs in water containers.

Dengue fever and Dengue Haemorrahgic Fever (DHF) can spread quickly, affecting many people and resulting in illness and loss of life.

What Is Dengue Fever?

Dengue Fever is a serious viral disease caused by the bite of an infected Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Dengue Fever causes a severe flu-like illness, affecting both children and adults.

Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever is a more severe form of dengue. It causes bleeding and death. DHF can be very serious in affected persons.

What Are Signs of Dengue?

Dengue Fever may cause:
  • Sudden high fever
  • Severe headache, especially in the forehead
  • Pain behind eyes, which worsen with eye movement
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Loss of appetite
  • Measles-like rash over chest and upper limbs
  • Nausea and vomiting