By: Tracey Bridcutt, Adventist Record, courtesy Adventist Review
Members of Wahroonga Seventh-day Adventist Church, in New South Wales, Australia, conducted a community health outreach event on Sunday, December 9, 2018, coinciding with this year’s Sydney Adventist Hospital carols service. Wahroonga church is located across the street from Sydney Adventist Hospital.
Recognizing the popularity of the carols — a service that bring hundreds of people past the church’s front door every year — members decided this was as an ideal opportunity to hold a health expo based on the NEWSTART model (nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest, and trust).
Participants in the expo, after filling out a health questionnaire, had their height, weight, lung capacity, and blood pressure measured, before doing a three-minute step-up exercise and having their recovery heart rate tested. They also received a short massage. Data from the questionnaire were entered into a computer program, which calculated the participant’s health age and what that age could be if they improved in some areas of their life. A health professional gave a consultation based on the results.