Following a presentation and approval by the Rocky Mountain Conference Executive Committee, the Lifestyle Center is set to open in February 2020 utilizing office space that became available after the closure of the Denver Adventist Book Center. RMC Health Ministry director Rick Mautz shares his vision for the center in the following interview.
What will be the main objectives of this project?
There is a growing interest in prevention. People want to get to the cause of their health issues. This center will not only provide information through various resources and programs, but will provide ongoing support through volunteer health partners and certified health coaches. The health partners will use coaching skills to provide the support that participants need to make the lifestyle changes that will bring the desired health we all want but often fail to achieve on our own.
Who will provide services at the center?
The center will be manned by dedicated and skilled volunteers who will provide the needed services with minimal impact on the RMC budget. Our goal is to be self-sustainable through volunteers, donations and program fees. We are actively putting together a team of health professionals and dedicated volunteers who will rotate through the center providing the needed skills to make the center a respected resource for our community and our church members.
What programs, services and materials will be available?
The center will carry a limited selection of health books, health ministry supplies and some hard-to-find basics for making dietary changes. Various health programs will be offered on a rotating basis, including such subjects as depression, diabetes prevention and reversal, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, smoking cessation, and more. Also, cooking and exercise classes will be offered on an ongoing basis.
Will the services be directed to benefit the community in addition to church members?
This is a perfect opportunity for any church health directors to improve their ability to provide health outreach for their local community. We also anticipate that local church members will take advantage of this to help them improve their health and pick up resources to help their friends and neighbors gain better health as well.
To volunteer or donate to the Lifestyle Center, contact Rick Mautz at 303.909.8274.