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About Lifestyle Matters

The Lifestyle Matters materials and programs are designed to help you improve physical health, optimize mental function, overcome addictions, and discover the keys to wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.  We hear a lot about how diet and lifestyle affect the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. But lifestyle factors also have a powerful effect on multiple brain and body systems. The Lifestyle Matters series helps you learn and implement simple but powerful strategies that can help you:

  • Lower stress and depression

  • Improve memory, learning, and mood

  • Lower risk of dementia

  • Achieve and maintain a healthful weight without severe diets or gimmicks

  • Reduce your risk for lifestyle diseases

  • Overcome food cravings and food addictions

  • Overcome substance and behavioral addictions

  • Provide powerful health tools for reaching your community

Meet Us!

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Vicki Griffin

MS Human Nutrition, MPA (Research Director, Author, Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Vicki Griffin co-founded Lifestyle Matters with her husband Dane before his passing, and was the Director of Health Ministries for the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for 20 years, until August 2023.  She is passionate about blended message ministry (health and gospel)  and continues to be available for speaking engagements.  The health outreach programs she has produced include:  Balanced Living PowerPoint and Video Series; and the Lifestyle Matters Health Intervention Series, Quit Nicotine, Living Free: Finding Freedom from Habits that Hurt and Living Free: Mind/Body Health Connections.  She is the Editor of Balance magazine and Balanced Living Tracts.


Vicki has authored numerous books and teaching materials for community health education.  Her books for the Lifestyle Matters series include Diet and Stress: Is What you’re Eating, Eating you?; Foods for Thought: Nutrition’s Link with Mood, Memory, Learning, and Behavior; and Living Free: Finding Freedom from Habits that Hurt.  She authored 3 cookbooks (Guilt Free Gourmet)with her daughter, Gina Stearman, RN, which feature easy, fast, economical and nutritious plant-based recipes.  Balance magazine has been widely used in community health outreach programs and features a wide variety of practical lifestyle articles, recipes, and tips.


As a science writer, her special area of interest and research is lifestyle stressors and simple stress solutions; that is, the relationship between diet, lifestyle, stress mechanisms, addictions, and brain health.  She has conducted numerous nutritional labs worldwide and specializes in economical, easy, plant-based recipes. 


Vicki has a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition; a Master’s degree in Public Administration; and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American College of Nutrition.

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Evelyn Kissinger

MS, RDN (Former Lifestyle Matters Nutrition Director, Author, Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Evelyn Kissinger is a lifestyle consultant, registered dietitian, and teacher. She received her Dietetics degree at the University of Tennessee and her Master of Science in Administration at Andrews University, where she later taught health education and wellness classes for the nutrition department. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Evelyn has seen many lives changed by sharing the powerful relationship of nutrition, especially dietary fiber, in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Her passion is to help people reach and maintain their lifestyle goals for vibrant health.

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