Scores of Adventists around the North Caribbean Conference (NCC) participated in the 2018 Let’s Move to Live Campaign. The initiative encouraged members to engage in activities which enhance health and add to the quality of their lives. Organizers agree that moving our bodies regularly fosters health and it is never too late to begin.
On St. Maarten, more than 200 individuals gathered for a walk which had been delayed by one week because of inclement weather. On St. Croix, 99 members and community friends joined a planned five-mile walk, which started in the town of Frederiksted.
In February, 2010, the First Lady of the United States of America introduced an exercise program to decrease obesity levels in children. The Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church in the Inter American Division (IAD) recognized that the concept fits into the philosophy of the Church and supports the century-old counsels of E. G. White, regarding the importance of exercise: “Exercise quickens and equalizes the circulation of the blood, but in idleness the blood does not circulate freely, and the changes in it, so necessary to life and health, do not take place. The skin, too, becomes inactive. Impurities are not expelled as they would be if the circulation had been quickened by vigorous exercise, the skin kept in a healthy condition, and the lungs fed with plenty of pure, fresh air.” MH 238.
This year, Let’s Move to Live, was promoted by Pastor Royston Philbert, the NCC Communication Director. The NCC Education Department through its Director, Mrs. Gerene Joseph, also partnered for a successful initiative. The department organized a sports day which engaged students in activities that enhanced their capacity to learn.
Based on the enthusiastic reports, organizers believe that the campaign motivated individuals to live a healthier life and to positively impact all within their circle of influence.