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Health Ministries Department
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
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Roald Amundsen
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He carefully considered every detail
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Robert Falcon Scott chose to use ponies
and modern motorized sleds
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Amundsen and Scott represented choices
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Choices –the cradle of destiny
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Our lives are patterned in a similar way
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Intentionality is key
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Decisions made in youth…
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Choice and freedom
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We have “free will” to choose
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Basis for informed choices
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Cultural belief that a woman should not bathe for
a month after childbirth?
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“Health reformers”
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Lifestyle habits that influence longevity
1. Adequate sleep (7 to 8 hours per night)
2. No eating between meals
3.A nutritious daily breakfast
4.Maintenance of recommended body weight
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Lifestyle habits, continued
5. Regular physical activity
6. The nonuse of tobacco
7.A reduction in the use of alcoholic beverages
(the GC Health Department advocates abstinence)
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Stay objective
• Common sense
• Don’t make choices in midst
of highly stressful situations
• Anger, depression, and
elation can influence
decisions
• Don’t assume things
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• Beware of wishful
thinking
• Be careful where you
get your health advice
• Trust in intelligence
• Choose to do what you
can do, not what you
want to do
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Adventists see good health as a gift from our Creator
God. Even the best maintenance cannot guarantee
a disease-free life.
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People choose their attitude
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Faith
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LIFE APPLICATION
QUESTIONS
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What choices am I
making, consciously
or unconsciously,
that are not based
on evidence?
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How do these choices
affect my use of time;
my health; my
relationships at work,
at home, or with God?
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What are my
reasons for
making these
choices?
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In what ways are they
influenced by my
culture or my
emotions?
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In what ways are they
influenced by my
culture or my
emotions?
Is it because I wish
to please myself or am I
being careless?
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Do I accept as
evidence anything
and everything I read
on the internet?
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Do I accept as
evidence anything
and everything I read
on the internet?
Does just one
anecdote convince
me of the right thing
to do?
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What negative
choices have other
people made that
influenced the
trajectory of my life?
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What negative
choices have other
people made that
influenced the
trajectory of my life?
How have I reacted
to those
circumstances?
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What freedoms do I
enjoy that allow me to
choose to change the
direction in which I am
heading?
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What freedoms do I
enjoy that allow me to
choose to change the
direction in which I am
heading?
How can I choose to
improve my attitude
even under less-thanideal circumstances?
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How many of the seven habits that influence
longevity am I practicing regularly?
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Am I getting sufficient
sleep, exercising
regularly, avoiding
tobacco and alcohol,
eating a good breakfast
and not eating between
meals?
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Is my Body Mass
Index (BMI)
or waist to height
ratio within
recommended limits?
www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi for a
handy calculator.
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Which ones will I
choose to introduce
into my lifestyle
today?
Could I improve on
any of the seven?
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Chris went out to a
business dinner after a
long day at work.
Before leaving he was
accused of something
he had not done.
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He later tells a friend
that after a few drinks
he relaxed and
decided to resign his
job, move to a
different city, and look
for work there.
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What influenced his
hasty decision?
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What influenced his
hasty decision?
What did he forget to
do?
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What influenced his
hasty decision?
What did he forget to
do?
How would I have acted
in a similar situation?
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Remembering the
most recent poor
choices I’ve made and
considering the
pressures I was under
at the time,
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Remembering the
most recent poor
choices I’ve made and
considering the
pressures I was under
at the time,
do I feel that I was
stressed, angry, or
depressed?
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Did I make the
decision late at night
or after a heavy meal
or after a long day of
work?
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How can I remind
myself to avoid
making choices
when in those type of
emotional states?
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How can I remind
myself to avoid
making choices
when in those type of
emotional states?
Did I remember to
ask for divine
guidance?
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What time of day suits
me best for decisionmaking?
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What time of day suits
me best for decisionmaking?
What can I do when
confronted with a small
choice that will help me
to make a wise
decision?
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What time of day suits me
best for decision-making?
What can I do when
confronted with a small
choice that will help me to
make a wise decision?
What things would help
me when making a big
decision?
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What choices do I have to
make regarding my
relationship with my
Creator, who graciously
gives me the freedom to
choose?
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What choices do I have to
make regarding my
relationship with my
Creator, who graciously
gives me the freedom to
choose?
How can I increase my
awareness of His love
and His interest in my
choices?
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Do I need to spend more
time learning about Him
in His Word or in nature?
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Do I need to spend more
time learning about Him
in His Word or in nature?
Do I have to cultivate my
conversation with Him in
prayer?
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Do I need to spend more
time learning about Him
in His Word or in nature?
Do I have to cultivate my
conversation with Him in
prayer?
How can I continue to
build supportive
evidence for my faith?
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