Seventh-day Adventists have a long tradition of health emphasis. Forerunners in the areas of healthful living, the church encourages practicing and promoting a healthful lifestyle. Seventh-day Adventists believe that we are best able to serve and worship God when our minds and bodies are functioning at their highest levels.
Seventh-day Adventists are well-known for their emphases on a plant based diet and total abstinence from tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs. Recent health studies have shown the average life-span of members in the North American Seventh-day Adventist church is considerably longer than for the average American.
Adventists promote healthful living in many ways including health fairs, vegetarian cooking schools, blood pressure screenings, smoking cessation classes, depression seminars, Complete Health Improvement Programs (CHIP), diet, exercise and other educational offerings. Materials to loan are available from the Resource Library for those churches wishing to promote healthful living in their communities, but the website for this resource is currently under revision. Check back for details.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church runs an extensive world-wide hospital system, providing state-of-the art care and graduating thousands of health care professionals. The Oregon Conference is proud to be home to two hospitals in the Adventist Health Care System, Adventist Medical Center-Portland and Tillamook County General Hospital, along with health care professionals from an extensive array of specialties and sub-specialties.
The Oregon Conference is also home to a medical clinic serving individuals in Multnomah County who have no access to health insurance. The PACS Family Health Clinic, housed in Portland Adventist Community Services, is staffed by one full-time registered nurse and a half-time medical assistant. Patient care is provided five mornings a week by a volunteer group of physicians and nurses.