A Seventh-day Adventist Organization
Center contact: Mindy Wilkens, Administrative Assistant
Tel: (909) 558-8750, ext. 88750
Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancers account for 60% of all deaths worldwide, with an estimated 80% of these deaths occuring in low and middle income countries. The increase in the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in developing countries is a result of the epidemiological transition, coupled with changes in diet and social environment, and the adoption of developed country lifestyles.
According to the World Health Organization, lifestyle related chronic diseases in developing countries, particularly cardiovascualr disease, have placed a heavy burden on their health care systems (WHO 2002). Multiple studies examining and tackling the risk factors on NCDs have concluded these conditions are largely preventable through the adoption of healthy diets, physical activity and non-consumption of tobacco and alcohol.
Building on the Adventist Health Study's unique 50 plus years of research in lifestyle and plant based diets, the Academic Center for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle, and Disease Prevention will pioneer new knowledge and provide leadership for innovative, interdisciplinary, and multinational translational research collaborations. These collaborations will be aimed at reducing the risk, morbidity and mortality of unhealthy diet, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use related NCDs for local and global constituents.