Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving Move

About Us

The Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More Program (Faithful Families) promotes healthy eating and physical activity in communities of faith.

Resources for the program include a 9-session Faithful Families curriculum and the Planning Guide for Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More (Planning Guide).

The Faithful Families curriculum is co-taught by nutrition and physical activity educators and trained lay leaders from faith communities in small group sessions. Lay Leaders bring the spiritual elements into each session, through discussion questions and "Thinking it Through" prompts in each lesson.

The Faithful Families curriculum was updated in 2016 to include updated nutrition information, social media connections, recipe videos for each lesson, a guide to carrying out family-based classes, and tips on incorporating fresh, local foods through farmers’ market tours. The curriculum includes everything you need to implement the program, including ready-to-use PowerPoint slides and scripts for the nine-session series, a Lay Leader Training Guide and evaluation tools. Additionally, the kit includes Move More activities, guides to carrying out family-based classes and farmers’ market tours, recipes for each lesson, recipe videos for each lesson, and faith-based discussion questions. The Planning Guide is included as well, and available for free download. The Planning Guide assists faith leaders in adopting policy and environmental change for their faith community and establishing health committees.

Faithful Families has been accepted as a "Practice-Tested Intervention" by the Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT) at UNC Chapel Hill. Center TRT, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases, has developed a process for reviewing, translating and disseminating interventions. This process is applied to obesity prevention interventions that have been tested through research studies or have been developed and evaluated in practice. Interventions are recommended by expert reviewers and CDC for dissemination. Faithful Families is the first faith-based intervention to achieve this status.

Annie Hardison Moody

Dr. Annie Hardison-Moody is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences at North Carolina State University and Director of Faithful Families.  Her background and passion is studying the intersections of religion and health, and she was the original lead writer for the Faithful Families curriculum and program. In addition to serving as the Faithful Families Director, she is co-Principal Investigator for Voices into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project and works on several projects related to gender, food, religion, and health. Her work with Faithful Families garnered an invitation to the White House, through the Let's Move initiative. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, daughter Sophie, and their dog, Maryland.

Julia Yao

Julia Yao serves as the Program Specialist for the Faithful Families program. She received her MPH degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, with a focus in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences and a certificate in Health Policy and Practice. During her studies, she completed her graduate practicum with Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., evaluating child health policies at the federal level. Prior to her degree, she resided in Seattle, where she worked with several non-profit organizations implementing programs to address community hunger, nutrition education, and chronic disease management. In her free time, Julia tries to spend as much time as she can exploring the outdoors with her partner and connecting with local farmers who wish to support their community with affordable, fresh produce.

Kim Eshleman

Kim Eshleman is a Special Projects Manager with the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences at NC State University. While her background is in the legal field, she has a deep interest and passion for work that will help to build and support healthy and thriving families and communities. In her role at NC State, she has had the opportunity to work on several different projects related to food, nutrition and health. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Johnathan and two children, Aidan and Sumner. Family life keeps her busy, but she is an avid reader and loves cooking and gathering around a shared table with family and friends as often as possible.

Lareissa Stumm

Lareissa Stumm works as a Research Assistant for the Department of Health and Human Services at North Carolina State University. She received her MSPH degree in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina, followed by a fellowship in Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland. Lareissa has enjoyed many aspects of public health, from conducting research studies at the state and national level to teaching biostatistics and epidemiology at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Lareissa and her husband have six year-old twin boys and a beautiful little girl and happily reside in Apex, North Carolina.

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