SPD to host inaugural Lifestyle Medicine Summit

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An inaugural Lifestyle Medicine Summit for the South Pacific Division is aimed at inspiring, equipping and empowering church leaders, pastors, health professionals and members to bring health, healing and hope to the community.

The keynote speakers are Harvard University Professor of Public Health Dr David Williams and Dr Wayne Dysinger, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, and chair of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

Other speakers include Australasian Research Institute CEO Dr Ross Grant, SPD health director Dr Chester Kuma and SPD health strategy consultant Geraldine Przybylko.

Mrs Przybylko said key highlights of the summit will include:

  • Recent research on restorative activities: lessons for coping with stress in a stress-filled world.
  • Future of lifestyle medicine and how the Church can play a vital role in meeting the needs of a contemporary society.
  • Healthy and unhealthy spirituality: what science is teaching us.
  • TED-style talk on brain health and how lifestyle plays a vital role.
  • Powerful workshops on:
    — How to create a thriving, blended ministry at your local church (for church leaders, pastors and members).
    — Integrating evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches into your practice (for health professionals).

The summit will be held at the Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical Education Centre, September 7-9. Cost is $275 (early bird rate and includes all meals, excluding breakfast).

Limited seating is available so it is advisable to book early: http://www.adventisthealth.org.au/summit.

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