Are You In?

For more than 100 years, Adventists have accepted, adopted, and promoted healthful living as a lifestyle, and today the world recognizes us as a valuable resource.

Adventists are a unique group for health research because we are similar in many characteristics and behaviors. That is, we have similar beliefs and religious practices, and we are non-smokers; yet, we have different diets. These differences in diet among North American Adventists make them ideal subjects for health research.

From the first Adventist Health Study, which took place in the 1970s, the medical community has learned that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of cancer, and eating nuts reduces the risk of heart disease.

Once again, Adventists are being asked to participate in health research. Adventist Health Study–2 researchers are looking for Adventist participants who are at least 35 years of age and have a variety of health habits.

The overall goal is to get 200,000 participants. Another 25,000 need to enroll before Nov. 1, 2005, to ensure continued NIH funding for the analysis phase of the project. The Oregon Conference needs almost 1,700 more people to participate to reach our goal.

To enroll in the Adventist Health Study–2, contact the Oregon Conference health ministries department at (503) 652-2225; or go to

Let’s do our part to reach the goal!

September 01, 2005 / Oregon Conference