February is Heart Health Month!

January 15, 2018

Happy New Year, everybody! Can you believe we are halfway through January?  One thing to look forward to in February is celebrating Heart Health Month.  Our partners in the Cancer Control and Prevention Branch and WISEWOMAN Program developed the Go Red Toolkit for communities of faith.  You and your faith community can participate in Heart Health Month by spreading the word about preventing heart disease and encouraging your community to live heart-healthy lives!

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Indiana: Healthy Churches Can Transform Communities

January 8, 2018

Why is there such a stark discrepancy between the terms health and healthy churches?    Shouldn’t there be more interwoven similarities between the two?  Amy Hanson, a strong promoter of faith community nursing, looked at this very issue in her state of Indiana. In the Fall 2017 Issue of Perspectives, Amy shared her experience with supporting health in faith communities through the Faithful Families program.  Continue reading

2018 National Call Schedule!

The 2018 national call schedule is here!  Please mark the following dates and times on your calendar:
January 22, 2018 – 11:30am – 1:00pm EST 
Led by Rev. James Kenady, Faith-Base Program Coordinator,
Topic:  Challenges of faith community partnerships and how to overcome them
April 11th 1:30 – 3pm
July 11th 1:30 – 3pm
October 10th 1:30 – 3pm
*Topic and facilitator for these TBD
The call in number for these calls is:

Dial-in Number:1-857-232-0158 

Conference Code:405039 

The national calls are a chance for partners implementing Faithful Families outside of North Carolina to share successes, challenges, and brainstorm ways to work together.

Homemade (and healthier) Pumpkin Spice Latte

October 26, 2017

By Dr. Carolyn Dunn

Fall is in the air, and that means it’s time to cozy up with a warm pumpkin spice latte!  Instead of using up your calories for the day on a sugar-heavy Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, try this one instead and save on cash too.  Here is a recipe for homemade pumpkin spice latte from Natalie Hodson (she also has a how-to video)… enjoy!

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It’s Pumpkin Season!

October 19, 2017

Fall is one of our favorite seasons. The air is cooler, the days feel shorter, and there’s pumpkin everywhere! Pumpkins are loaded with Vitamin A, fiber, and low in calories. Whether fresh or canned pumpkin puree, it’s versatility makes it a great addition to any recipe. Check out one of our favorite recipes from our friends at foodhero.org!

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Holiday Challenge is back!

October 6, 2017

By Madi Johnson

The Holiday Challenge is here! This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey.  Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season.  While it may not sound like much, most people never manage to lose these extra pounds. You are invited to join the 11th annual Holiday Challenge.  Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season. Continue reading

Test Kitchen: Veggie Burgers (kid-tested and approved!)

September 28, 2017

By Lareissa Stumm


Close your eyes and imagine with me for a minute. Are you ready?  Eyes closed?  Okay, good.

Now, imagine waking up on Monday morning refreshed and ready for a new week.  (Remember, you’re imagining– so this is completely realistic!)

You have all the ambition in the world and you look at your peacefully sleeping kids and make a resolve to do everything you can for their health and happiness.  (Yes, in your imagination, your kids are still asleep and they are the perfect, angelic little children that you always knew you would have. Wink wink)!

With this new ambition, what would you do to encourage your child down the road of healthy living?

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Test Kitchen: Cucumber Apple Slaw

This month we’ve been focusing one MED instead of MEDS.  We started the month with a webinar where Faithful Families facilitators learned how to adapt and modify Faithful Families recipes for different tastes and audiences.  In addition to adapting and modifying recipes, facilitators also learned about new resources and recipes from the Mediterranean-style of eating.  We decided to give that a try with one of the delicious recipes – here is our Cucumber Apple Slaw!

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