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The newest addition to Hope Channel’s nightly live line-up is Go Healthy…For Good, an interactive health and wellness program with Dr. Nerida McKibben. The program airs Monday through Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET, and repeats at 10:00 p.m. ET and other times throughout the week.
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“We want to capture the attention of the average TV viewer with up-to-the- moment health news, discuss the practical value of the latest research, and share with viewers how to integrate it all into their lives,” says Dr. McKibben, a gynecologist and obstetrician. “From prenatal to end-of-life care, God’s principles are scientifically proven to add years to your life, and life to your years. Go Healthy…For Good makes the biblical perspective on good health more practical and accessible to viewers of every background.”
“Dr. Nerida and her guests will review the latest health-related trends, discuss possible treatments and therapies, and offer insights on pharmaceutical and natural regimens,” says Gabriel Begle, the program’s producer. “And they’ll give advice with a biblical perspective.”
Outstanding Guests and Strategic Partnerships
Viewers will notice the program’s credibility right away. Guests will include medical staff from some of America’s leading hospitals and teaching universities such as Albert Reece, MD, PhD, vice president for medical affairs for the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Ben Carson, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins; medical experts from the Pan American Health Organization; and Drs. Allan R. Handysides, director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department, and Peter Landless, associate director.
Additional contributing partnerships are established with Washington Adventist Hospital in Washington, D.C., Kettering Memorial Hospital in Ohio, Florida Hospital in Orlando, and Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California.
Why Another Health Program?
While there are many health and wellness programs on TV, Go Healthy… For Good will be unique for its broad spectrum coverage of cutting-edge science, current events, diet, exercise, mental and emotional health, and real-time advice for viewers who contact the program and talk to experts on the air—all from an Adventist’s biblical perspective.
“I want people to make good choices each day and equip them to be healthy and whole. Their questions and testimonies, along with the contributions of our guest experts, will drive this program,” says McKibben. “Go Healthy…For Good will become the place that people can go to for biblically-based, best-practices answers to their questions on health. We’ll give people hope and enable them to live their dreams of a long and healthy life filled with good.”
“We’re doing this, in part, as a community service so viewers can see the direct link between the Bible’s principles for healthy living as taught for many years by our church, and the latest research and developments being discussed in the media,” adds Begle. “Things we’ve taught for more than 100 years are supported and verified now by science, and we’ll have experts each day to validate it.”
Prevention, Diet, Exercise…and Shopping
Another goal of the program is to highlight health principles for those who suffer difficult or life-threatening conditions. “Some cases of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and digestive disorders can be reversed and overcome through responsible changes in lifestyle,” says Begle. “And sometimes all that people need is information and strategies to change their perspective and find hope; and that alone can equip people for improved health or find a renewed energy to fight their condition.”
Other regular features will include proper exercise regimens for all fitness levels and a food segment that teaches everything from how to strategically shop for and select healthful foods, to how to prepare them in the most nutritious and delicious ways. A whole-food, plant-based diet will be presented as the most ideal.
The program will air on Hope Channel, Hope Channel Europe, Hope Channel International, and Hope Channel India, potentially reaching billions of people.