The Adventists is an award-winning film for PBS stations that highlights how Seventh-day Adventists are among the healthiest and longest living people based on their unique ministry of health and healing. This education companion guide contains cross-curricular secondary and postsecondary learning materials and devotionals.
Seventh-day Adventists have long been recognized as leaders in health and healing through both preventative and prescriptive practices. The film The Adventists focuses on the rich history and significant contributions Seventh-day Adventists have made to health and wellness. Adventists recognize the interconnectedness of the spiritual, mental, social and physical aspects of health. To support the use of The Adventists as an educational tool, Southern Adventist University presents research-based cross-curricular instructional materials to accompany the film for use in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. The primary goal of the materials is to encourage learners on their journey toward creating wholeness through a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. To that end, the following objectives are identified and utilized.
- Demonstrate knowledge of health principles.
- Develop an appreciation for the benefits of practicing holistic and natural health.
- Establish a personal commitment to follow SDA health principles.
- Describe the history of SDA health care.
- Recognize the unique and groundbreaking contributions SDAs have made to health and wellness.
- Recognize the cutting edge technology of SDA hospitals.
- Advocate for proactive and preventative health by sharing SDA health principles with others.
The learning materials and devotionals are designed to engage learners in examining the global ideas presented in the film, while providing meaningful experiences that encourage them to be introspective, reflective, committed and proactive. Instructors are encouraged to use these materials as a jumping off point. The learning activities can be used entirely in sequence or selected activities can be pulled for use in any order. Modification for curricular needs is encouraged.
Through the experiences generated by these materials, it is our hope that learners will seek knowledge of health principles, will incorporate holistic and natural practices in their personal lives, will foster these best practices in the lives of others and will commit to service in their local communities as informed facilitators of the ministry of health and healing.