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.

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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

Meet Us!


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 and Video 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 Kissinger is a lifestyle consultant, registered dietitian, and teacher. She received her nutrition and dietetics degree at the University of Tennessee. Her Master of Science in Administration was received at Andrews University, where she later taught nutrition and wellness classes.

Evelyn is the Nutrition Director for Lifestyle Matters. She is also the Director of Lifestyle Matters at Work, a corporate wellness program that helps lower employee health care costs and increase productivity. Evelyn develops and implements wellness programs for schools, hospitals, and community organizations.

Evelyn has seen many lives change by sharing the powerful relationship of nutrition and lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Her passion is to help people reach and maintain their lifestyle goals for vibrant health.