Welcome to South Atlantic Conference Health Ministries!  Health Ministries provides resources support, leadership training, organizational development, mentoring, events to the members and the community to achieve total health and wellness.

The Role of the Health Ministries Department

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”
1 Cor. 10:31

The Seventh-day Adventist Church encourages a balanced vegetarian diet. “The diet God ordained in the Garden of Eden–the vegetarian diet–is the ideal, but sometimes we cannot have the ideal. In those circumstances, in any given situation or locale, those who wish to stay in optimum health will eat the best food that they can obtain.”
— Seventh-day Adventists Believe, p. 286.

There are different types of vegetarian diets including total (animal free), ovo-lacto (the most widely followed in the SDA church), and pesco (vegetarian with a little fish added). For those who live where there is an abundance of fortified food products, a healthy totally vegetarian diet may be the ideal with the following considerations:

  • Choose ample whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, seeds and berries.
  • Avoid replacing animal foods with refined, sweet, fatty commercial products—even if these are from plant sources.
  • Take a supplement of vitamin B12 regularly (remember, deficiency symptoms may take 4-6 years to appear).
  • Obtain adequate sunlight, and emphasize high-calcium vegetables, and/or supplement your diet with calcium and Vitamin D.
  • Consider the use of ground flax and or chia seeds or supplements high in omega-3 fatty acids, especially during reproductive years.
  • Assure adequate dietary zinc, especially for young and adolescent boys.

Let’s remember: one diet does not necessarily fit all. The Seventh-day Adventist church promotes the avoidance of flesh foods wherever possible. The best diet will vary depending on many factors including geographic location, economics, specific health/medical conditions, knowledge, and food availability. We are a global church, and as such leave the decisions of the specific diet to the choice of each member.