Uchee Pines Institute is a Christian, nonprofit corporation, whose goal is to educate and empower individuals to live lifestyles for optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health. Our motto—Improving Health One Choice At A Time—emphasizes our passion to help you achieve this goal. As part of our ministry, we operate a lifestyle center, which offers a 17-day residential experience in health education and lifestyle change.
Uchee Pines Institute is in the Eastern Time Zone, and is situated on 200 acres in Central Alabama, near the Georgia border. We are 30 minutes from Columbus, Georgia, and 2 ½ hours from Atlanta, Georgia. Nestled amongst the pine trees and gentle rolling hills, with abundant opportunities to enjoy the birds, squirrels, and white-tailed deer, our campus provides the peace of natural, outdoor living.
Our new lifestyle center has six semiprivate rooms (each with two twin-sized beds) and 14 private rooms (with queen-sized beds.) All of the beds are Select Comfort, Sleep Number beds, giving you the ability to choose your desired firmness/softness for optimal sleep comfort. Each room has its own private bathroom and direct access to the outdoor patio. There is a large living room where guests can relax and talk, a chapel for prayer and worship, a demonstration kitchen where you can practice making healthy recipes, a lecture hall for classes and meetings, treatment rooms, a guest garden, a solarium for private sunbathing, and a large kitchen to serve our guests, staff, and trainees.
Lifestyle as Treatment
Western society suffers from major lifestyle-related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and many more. And research indicates that about 90% of these lifestyle-related diseases could be prevented by following an optimal lifestyle. But lifestyle is not just about prevention. Our own experience over the last half-century is that lifestyle change is a powerful means of slowing, stopping, and reversing any number of medical conditions.
Treating Your Condition
To assist you in the process of lifestyle change, we have a dedicated staff of physicians and Lifestyle Counselors who will help you develop a specific lifestyle plan for your individual situation. Your Lifestyle Counselor will encourage, teach and act as your personal therapist, while helping you implement the overall lifestyle modifications and assisting you with your customized lifestyle program.
We will also use simple, natural therapies (such as hydrotherapy, Swedish massage, herbs, and Christian counseling) to facilitate your healing process. Hydrotherapy has been recognized for thousands of years for its therapeutic properties. In Europe, where hydrotherapy is especially popular, numerous health spas and health facilities for all types of water cures thrive. Using water as a remedy is one of the oldest, least expensive and safest methods for treating many common ailments. While these methods are very effective in combating disease, they are also effective in preventing disease.
Our program emphasizes NEWSTART principles in your pursuit of health:
Nutrition Low-fat, plant-based
Exercise Consistent cardiovascular and resistance routines
Water Hydration & hydrotherapy treatments
Sunshine Sunbathing and outdoor life
Temperance Avoiding the bad, using wisely the good
Air Fresh, outdoor, proper breathing
Rest Sleep, stress recovery
Trust in God The foundation of all lasting success
What Conditions Do We Serve?
Some guests come to our lifestyle center simply to learn how to live healthy lifestyles and prevent disease, but the majority of our guests have been suffering from various degenerative diseases such as arteriosclerotic heart disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, cancer, autoimmune disorders, etc. We also accept guests with more advanced illnesses (such as late-stage cancer, advanced autoimmune disorders, and substance addictions, etc.), if they meet certain criteria. We are not equipped, however, to manage individuals with major psychiatric conditions or individuals requiring nursing home or hospital intensity care.
The Medical Program
Each guest’s lifestyle program is individualized and carried out under the direct supervision of one of our staff physicians. Our medical staff will meet with you at least twice weekly to monitor your progress, provide feedback, and make necessary changes in your program and medications. Frequently, guests are able to stop taking most or all of their medications with time. Our medical staff will help you decide what to stop/decrease and when. However, we rarely initiate drug therapy. One of the many positive comments that our guests make about the program is that they feel special because the medical staff spend quality time in quantity with each guest.
The Educational Program
At Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center the healing process begins every 17 days for those wishing to make a lasting change. We have an ambitious program of health education, with health lectures that are given five days a week. And classes in simple remedies, healthful cooking, etc. help you continue your new lifestyle changes upon your return home. The special emphasis on Christian spirituality as well as fellowship with other guests motivates each individual to support each other, like members of a family, while achieving individual lifestyle goals.
Last, but definitely not least, there is a strong spiritual emphasis in our program. We believe in a loving God who desires the best for the children He has made. And we believe that health is a gift God desires to give each of us through our cooperation with His laws of health. Recognizing that He is the one who brings health and healing, we pray often with our guests, and seek to help each guest see their worth, their health, and their hope in God. We see ourselves as simply a medium through which God can work to reach others with His heart of love and His healing power.
Two Ways to Serve You
Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center offers two levels of service:
LEVEL ONE is for people experiencing serious health problems. These guests will participate in the Educational Program and the Medical Program, as described above.
LEVEL TWO guests are people who come because they realize they need a lifestyle change. They participate in the Educational Program, but not the Medical Program.
Christians Caring For All
Uchee Pines Institute is directed and operated by members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and our mission is to serve persons of all faiths, races, and nationalities, bringing to all the message of health and healing. It is our pleasure to serve you and your family.