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Hope Clinic to promote lifestyle changes in Fiji

“The best health intervention is the lifestyle intervention,” South Pacific Division (SPD) President Glenn Townend said at the opening ceremony for the new Hope Clinic in Suva. , Fiji on May 6, 2022. It was Townend’s first trip outside Australia in two years. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Townend reminded attendees of the ceremony that lifestyle medicine is reducing the risk of acute illness and demand is increasing in Australia, New Zealand and other South Pacific countries.

Centrally located in Suva’s central business district, the new clinic has a dietician and a psychologist, with a general practitioner and a nurse soon to join the team. Services include general and dietary consultation, counselling, lifestyle medicine assessment, medical examination and report.

Next to the clinic, there is a vegan juice bar and cafe, which has been operating for two years, promoting the lifestyle as a viable way to treat and prevent disease, including through a whole-food based diet. of plants.

Townend speaks to some of the leaders at the Hope Clinic opening event on May 6. “The best health intervention is lifestyle intervention,” he said. [Photo: Adventist Record]

Hope Clinic psychologist Sofaia Vodosese said the cafe, which serves fresh vegan and vegetarian dishes, has influenced the community. “We have seen the change and how people are becoming more health conscious. We praise God for the life of Mili Mataika and her husband, for the good food they provide every day,” she said.

The idea for an established clinic in Suva was conceived between 2013 and 2014 when Townend was president of the Trans-Pacific Union Mission (TPUM).

“The South Pacific Division is grateful for the determination to see this through, and we hope that more clinics will be established in other missions within [the territory]”Townend said.

“Science and medicine, through research, have confirmed God’s health message to Adventists, and it has now become clear that lifestyle medicine and a plant-based diet are the best way forward. “, he added.

Alipate Vakamocea, former Fiji Mission (FM) Health Director and doctor at Hope Clinic, thanked the external partners who helped establish and run the clinic, including the Fiji Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization, Fiji National Provident Fund, Smiles Café and many more.

FM Chairman Nasoni Lutunaliwa thanked SPD leaders for their full support in establishing the clinic. “We hope he will continue to support its future growth,” he said.

the original version of this story was published by Adventist Registry.