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 affect 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
Vicki Griffin, MS Human Nutrition, MPA (Research Director, Author, Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
Vicki Griffin is the Director Lifestyle Matters and the Director of Health Ministries for the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The health outreach programs she has produced include: Fit & free! Building Brain and Body Health seminars; Balanced Living PowerPoint Series; and the Lifestyle Matters Health Intervention Series. 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 has authored 3 cookbooks which feature easy, fast, economical and nutritious plant-based recipes. Balance magazine is 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.
Evelyn Kissinger, MS, RD (Nutrition Director, Author, Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
Evelyn Cole 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 is the former President of the SDA Dietetic Association. She has conducted numerous Coronary Health Improvement Programs (CHIP) and health education seminars for schools, hospitals, and community health organizations. She is also the director of Lifestyle Matters at Work, a subsidiary of Lifestyle Matters, and is conducting corporate wellness programs to help lower employee health care costs.
Evelyn has seen many lives changed by sharing the powerful relationship of nutrition, especially dietary fiber, in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Her presentations and workshops also cover the relation of nutrition and fiber to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Her passion is to help people reach and maintain their lifestyle goals for vibrant health.