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Lifestyle Medicine – a faith-based perspective
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Lifestyle medicine is the use of lifestyle interventions in the prevention, treatment and management of disease. A faith-based community, which is the subject of much health lifestyle research, is the focus of this study. The Seventh-day Adventist church has promoted a healthy lifestyle, including a plant-based diet, since its foundation in 1863. Research shows that Adventists are much healthier and live significantly longer than the general population. Adventist vegetarians are even more healthy, and live about five years longer than non-vegetarians. The present study was designed to investigate how church leaders relate to the Adventist health lifestyle, and to what extent information about the benefits of adopting this lifestyle is communicated to church members in Sweden. Survey interviews with specific health-related lifestyle questions were used to collect the data. 60% of the respondents reported being vegetarian or vegan. Many agreed that pastors should be health educators as much as gospel preachers, but a majority did not have any academic or other education on health. Only a minority stated that they often preach or share the Adventist health message, but most respondents agreed that every church should be a school of health. The educational program for pastors and other church leaders should include adequate training and experience in health and lifestyle medicine from a faith-based perspective. Seventh-day Adventists should be the first to take full advantage of an evidence-based healthy lifestyle and live as examples to others.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
Adventist, health lifestyles, lifestyle medicine, public health, plant-based diet, vegetarian, vegan
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-27062ISRN: ORU-IHM/MED-AS-2013/9--SEOAI: diva2:601116
Subject / course
2012-12-12, P276, Prisma House, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden, 16:15 (English)
Available from: 2013-02-06 Created: 2013-01-28 Last updated: 2013-02-13Bibliographically approved

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