The Principal of the Methodist Theological College in Fiji, Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa has praised the Seventh-day Adventist Church for its long-standing health message and resources.
He made the comments last week while meeting with a literature evangelist in his office in Davuilevu, Nausori.
I believe the Seventh-day Adventist health message is the biblical message for the Methodist Church for this hour
Dr Vakadewavosa has urged the 200,000 Methodist’s in Fiji to learn the importance of healthy living. Fiji is ranked the fourth most obese nation in the pacific region, according to a 2010 health report by the Fijian Ministry of Health.
“I believe the Seventh-day Adventist health message is the biblical message for the Methodist Church for this hour,” says Dr Vakadewavosa.
Figures released by the Ministry of Health indicate more than 60 per cent of the country’s 900,000 plus population remained overweight and are deficient in iron and micronutrients. Lifestyle and diet imbalance in the Pacific has reached epidemic proportions.
Pr Kevin Price, Adventist health director for the Seventh-day Adventist church in the South Pacific says, “It’s great to see such an acknowledgement of the significance and importance of our Adventist health message.”
He pointed out that his department’s research shows Fiji has a huge obesity problem along with a resulting diabetes challenge. Dr Chester Kuma, associate health director, has also reported that all the Pacific island nations carry a double disease burden of both infectious diseases and an alarming increase in lifestyle related illnesses.
Price added “every health problem across the Pacific presents an opportunity for our Church to make a very positive impact. The Methodist Theological College, is currently exploring the best way to make Adventist resources—including health literature—available to staff and students.