Our Lifestyle Medicine History

Our lifestyle medicine journey started in 1866 as medical pioneers who established an innovative healthcare program in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA, which focused on whole-person healing.

This was during a time when many medical treatments were as harmful as the diseases they were intended to cure! The revolutionary health care centre not only treated diseases but also taught people how to prevent them through proper nutrition, exercise and hygiene. It was a place where each person was valued, and where caregivers created a healing environment focused on providing extraordinary whole-person care.

In 2018, Adventist Health launched ELIA Wellness to focus on continuing this tradition by providing research, innovation and advocacy for professionals and partners in lifestyle medicine.

150 years later, our focus is still on pioneering whole-person wellness.