The East Caribbean Conference of Seventh-day Adventists join the Caribbean Union in Hands across the Caribbean on Sunday, September 19 at 7 am with a massive Health Walk throughout the Caribbean.

Twenty-five countries will participate in that walk. It is estimated that over 50,000 persons will be participating from Suriname in the south to St.Croix in the north.

“Hands across the Caribbean” is an initiative of the Caribbean Union Health Ministries Department. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been promoting Healthy Lifestyles for over 100 years. Back then it was called Health Reform.

Members of the church are encouraged to abstain from the use of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, narcotics and other mind-altering drugs. The church emphasizes the use of a plant-based vegetarian diet low in sugar, salt and fat. Fruits nuts grains, vegetables and beans are recommended as the diet to maintain health and promote wellness and longevity. This type of diet was recommended along with other natural remedies such as regular exercise, 6-8 glasses of water daily, adequate sunshine, fresh air rest and trust in divine power.

As Caribbean islands developed and adopted Westernized lifestyles, becoming more and more sedentary, eating larger amounts of meat, sugar, salt and fat we have seen a shift from communicable diseases to chronic non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, respiratory illnesses and cancer.  The church therefore is doubling its efforts and joins with ministries of health in the region to encourage increased physical activity healthy eating and smoking cessation.

In Dominica and Barbados the walk is organized according to Pastoral districts 8 districts in Dominica and 16 in Barbados and begins at 6:00 am.

Adventist Health Week International will be recognized September 18th – 26
The Theme “Take Charge of your Health” – Focus on Recovery
Sessions will be held nightly at Adventist churches Island wide. Screening for Body Mass Index (BMI) will be carried out at churches before the nightly meetings

Community members are invited to participate in the Health walk and nightly meetings as we take Charge of our Health and recover from destructive Lifestyles.

Dominica
The locations are as follows:

1. From the grounds of the Roseau SDA church on Goodwill Road through Steber Street along the Main Road to the grounds of the Mahaut Primary School.
2. From the Warner Bus Stop at Jimmit along the main Road to the Mero beach
3. From Otrobando, St. Joseph along the St. Joseph Bypass to the Coulibistrie Government school grounds.
4. From Blenheim along the main road to Benjamin’s park in Portsmouth
5. From Bence SDA Church along the Back road through the main road to the Woodford Hill Government school and Marigot SDA church along the main road to the Woodford Hill Government School.
6. From Bataca along the Carib territory to Mahaut river SDA Church and from the Castle Bruce Junction along the Main road to Mahaut River SDA Church.
7. From Boetica SDA Church along the main road to the top of the Hill on the Petite Savanne Road.
8. From Loubiere Junction to Bellevue bus stop and from Grand bay Community Centre along the main road to Bellevue Bus Stop.

Barbados

1. LEAVE BEREA SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH, ST. ELIZABETH, ST. JOSEPH AT 6:00 a.m. via East Coast to the BELLEPLAINE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH.
2. LEAVE EDEN LODGE PLAYNIG FIELD AT 6:00 a.m. – Green Hill – Warrens – Jackson – Edghill, left into Melrose – Padmore Village – Automotive Art – Simpson Motors Roundabout – Highway – Hinds Hill Traffic Lights, turn left on to St. Stephens – Cave Hill – White Hall Main Road – White Hall #1 and back to EDEN LODGE PLAYING FIELD.
3. LEAVE SPEIGHTSTOWN SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH AT 6:00 a.m. – Farm Road – Black Bess – Indian Ground – Four Hill – Benny Hall – Portland and ends at the MILE AND A QUARTER SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH.
4. LEAVE INDIAN GROUND SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH AT 6:00 a.m. – French Village –Mile and a Quarter – Benn Hill – Portland – FARLEY HILL.
LEAVE CAVE HILL SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH AT 6:00 a.m. – Date Tree Hill – Alexandra – Castle Yard – Diamond Corner – FARLEY HILL.
LEAVE BOSCOBELLE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH AT 6:00 a.m. – Centipede Alley -Risk –Date Tree Hill – Church Hill – Castle – Diamond Corner – FARLEY HILL.
5. From Dunscombe at 6:00 a.m. – Canefield – Lion Castle, Well Hall – Sturgess – Canefield and ends at Dunscombe.
6. From the Board Walk, Rockley at 6:00 a.m. to the end of the Board Walk.