17 Wellness and Meals
Adventists believe in a unique whole person health philosophy. God calls us to care for our bodies, treating it with the respect a Divine creation deserves. By consistently practicing 8 principles of C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. Health (Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust in God, Interpersonal Relationships, Outlook, and Nutrition), we fulfill God’s original plan for us to enjoy vibrant lives of balance and temperance. Along with sources of vitamin B12, a well-balanced diet that avoids meat consumption, coupled with intake of legumes, whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, promotes vigorous health.
During school days, students are expected to practice principles of healthful living.
- A nutritious breakfast is essential to equip children for a day of adequate learning.
- Students in grades K-2 should also bring a healthy mid-morning snack.
- Lunches prepared at home (preferably without meat, fish, and poultry) are to be eaten during designated lunch periods.
- If meat is consumed, we follow kosher guidelines as outlined in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Examples of clean meats include chicken, turkey, fish, beef, venison, lamb, goat, etc. Examples of unclean meats include pork, rabbit, catfish, shellfish like lobster, crab, shrimp, clams, etc. An exhaustive list can be found in Deut 5:29, Deut 14, and Leviticus 11.
- Sugar-laden or caffeinated drinks or sodas, as well as candy and highly sugared desserts, should also be avoided.
On certain Fridays, a hot vegetarian lunch is provided by volunteer parents as an option.