“Five weeks ago, I was scheduled for quintuple bypass surgery.
While seeking second opinions, I heard about NEWSTART and the possibility of reversing my artery disease. It was the best decision I’ve ever made for my personal health. I’ve lost weight, inches, and doubts about my future. I can’t wait to see how God is going to continue this work He has begun in me!” - Dennis M.
This is just one of the miracles that happened every day in the program this year. Your dedicated support was a part of Dennis’s testimony. As we review this past year and look at what is planned for 2015, we recognize that God has been leading the plans for the NEWSTART Family of Lifestyle Programs.
The Lord blessed with high demand for the NEWSTART Lifestyle programs. In 2014, several new faculty members joining the friendly faces that serve guests. Steve Brownell, RN, has brought fresh ideas and dedication to the program as the new director. Teri Salvador, RN, has accepted the coordinator position of the Reversing Diabetes program. We recently welcomed Rich Constantinescu, Mdiv., as the NEWSTART chaplain and program counselor.
Several residential improvements have helped guests maximize their NEWSTART experiences. The new cooking school was completed and opened for guest use this summer; this feature has been a significant blessing to guests learning practical knowledge that will enable them to maintain the NEWSTART diet at home.
The family of programs have also undergone dynamic changes this year. For the past 36 years, NEWSTART Classic 18-day medically supervised lifestyle program was the primary NEWSTART product offered. While this program delivered health benefits to many participants, it did not resonate with individuals who did not have a significant diagnosis or may have simply wanted to prevent lifestyle disease. This year, in order to address the needs of the broader community and age group, we launched two new NEWSTART plans.
We resurrected Reversing Diabetes (RD), the 3-day diabetes educational workshop, to address the growing diabetes epidemic. If the current diabetes trend continues, according to the CDC, 80 million Americans will have diabetes. RD has not only been very successful in helping people learn NEWSTART lifestyle principles, but also in helping individuals learn how to self-manage diabetes.
We have been able to make this program portable, delivering lifestyle services to remote locations. The pilot program in Oregon at the Tillamook Regional Medical Center was a significant success in serving that community. During the program, participants experienced relief from pain and increased sensation after hydrotherapy as well as lowered blood glucose levels.
We have also refined the NEWSTART ProActive program. The value-rich updated Proactive is a 7-day lifestyle education program targeted at busy working adults who need to learn lifestyle principles in order to prevent diseases in the first place. The primary goal for this new format is to deliver a higher quality of life both now and in the future.
As we thank God for the success He has given NEWSTART, we are reminded about His leading for the coming year. We launched our first of many future NEWSTART lecture series. Our first lecture featured Dr. David DeRose addressing the ebola crisis with a message of hope through lifestyle management. Look for more health and lifestyle lectures throughout 2015.
While we are impacting the community directly around us, we want to take healthy cooking to the world in 2015. Feedback from Alumni and individuals that are unable to come to the program has demonstrated the need for more information on sourcing, preparing, and diversifying the vegan, plant-based diet. In an attempt to expand our influence, we expect to begin offering web-based subscription cooking classes by March. While the beautiful NEWSTART cooking school is fully functional for residential programs, donations are needed to equip it with cameras and monitoring devices needed for media to expand the programming offered on the web. These web-based cooking classes have the potential to bring the health message to both those unable to attend residential program and to an international audience.
The popular annual Health Summit and Alumni Reunion is scheduled again for June 21 – 25. This year’s speakers include Dr. Neil Barnard, Dr. David DeRose and Dr. John McDougal. The 4-day event is open to all – plan on joining us and register now at NEWSTART.com.
As Seventh-day Adventists, we recognize that the health message is integral to reaching souls for the kingdom. Each year we see hundreds of lives transformed and many souls turned to Christ while at NEWSTART.
In the upcoming year, our greatest need is to take these scientifically researched lifestyle programs to a larger, more diverse audience. We are in contact with other media ministry partners and prayerfully considering options on how to deliver the health message to a larger audience, but resources are needed for our dream to come to fruition. Consider partnering with us this holiday season as we endeavor to expand NEWSTART principles to bringing health to a hurting world.
Randy Bivens M.D.
COO of the Weimar Institute