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Columbia Union Garners Four Health Awards

Story by Visitor Staff
Published 2/23/2012

Debra Brill (right), North American Division vice president, presents an award to Chris VanDenburgh, coordinator of Faith Community Nursing for Kettering Health Network.

The Columbia Union Conference’s entities recently won four health awards at the North American Division’s (NAD) Health Summit in Florida. They won after rising to a challenge that Katia Reinert, NAD’s Health Ministries director issued to Seventh-day Adventists all across the division last year: get active. The result? Seventh-day Adventist Church members reported some 2 million miles of physical activity! At their recent health summit in Florida, the division recognized organizations with outstanding participation in what they call the Adventists InStep for Life initiative.

The Columbia Union received an award for having the largest number of community gardens and participation rates—topping eight other unions. They garnered the second most miles out of all the unions. The union is also home to Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary in New Market, Va.—the school with the highest miles and participation rates in the entire division. They had 739 miles of physical activity or about 175.53 percent participation!

Allegheny East, one of the union’s eight conferences, was recognized for having the highest participation rates, most community gardens and most physical activity miles in all the Columbia Union. It also came in second in the division for its numbers of gardens, miles and participation rates. A. Leah Scott, the conference’s Health Ministries director, also accepted a second award, this time on behalf of the Pine Forge church.

The union’s Kettering Adventist HealthCare, based in Kettering, Ohio, also received an award in recognition of the number of miles and for the percentage of employee participation compared to other health systems across the division.

Click here to learn how Allegheny East topped the union’s seven other conferences.
CORRECTION: This story was updated on February 27, 2012. We incorrectly stated that the Columbia Union Conference had the most physical activity miles. We actually had the second most physical activity miles—213,768.

Dan Jackson, NAD president, presents an award to Leah Scott (right), Health Ministries director of the Allegheny East Conference while Regina Benjamin, MD, U.S. Surgeon General, looks on.

Katia Reinert, NAD Health Ministries director, spearheaded the Let’s Move Day initiative.