Your Summer Checklist

June 29, 2017

The weather is getting warmer, the kids are home for the summer, and you find yourself looking for pool noodles and beach balls.  Yup, it’s finally that glorious time of year when the great outdoors becomes everyone’s playground!  With summer officially in full gear, let’s share some fun physical activities that you can do with family, friends, and your faith community.  We will also go over some important ways to stay safe in the sun and water.  Ready to add to your summer checklist?

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Dive into Faith and Health

June 22, 2017

It’s our first Journal Dive, where we jump into published studies on faith & health and fish out the important findings to share with you all!  Does your faith help you live healthier?  Can your faith help you eat better?  Exercise more?  Lessen stress?  Faithful Families will explore these questions and see what the research is telling us.

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Know What’s for Dinner, Everyday

June 15, 2017
By Lareissa Stumm

When I think back over the last year and try to pinpoint the most stressful part of my day, it is often DINNERTIME.  I commonly hear my young kids ask the question, “Mom?  What’s for dinner?”  My mood, no matter what it was before this question, immediately plummets to the floor as I look at the time, look in my fridge, gauge my energy level… and then frantically answer, “I don’t know yet…”.  If this situation sounds at all familiar to you, then this Faithful Families lesson was written for YOU!

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Making the Most of Church Resources

June 8, 2016

Back in early May, Faithful Families attended Resourceful Communities‘ Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Convening, which brought together folks from all across North Carolina to share resources, build skills, and strengthen HEAL programs. We walked away from the workshop with an amazing list of resources and tools for church communities. Justine Post, Faith & Food Coordinator, described innovative ideas of how churches can make the most of their resources to support policy, structural, and environmental changes (PSE) and healthy living. With her blessing, we would like to share them with you!

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Test Kitchen: Summer Corn Salsa

June 1, 2017

It’s officially National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month! To celebrate, we have been testing different versions of corn salsa in search of that delicious bite of fresh, sweet, and tart. Y’know, the flavors that remind you of summer BBQs and bright, sunny days spent outdoors. This version of Summer Corn Salsa has even more sweetness, with fresh strawberries tossed into the mix to round out the “fruit” in National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. We won’t say it’s the best version there is, but it is pretty darn good!

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Bike Fixtation Application Now Open

Have you ever had a bike tire go flat with no quick and easy way to repair it?  Wouldn’t it be great to have a bike repair station readily available and accessible in your community?  We have a solution.  The NC Division of Public Health and NC Cooperative Extension are partnering to provide Bike Fixtations to North Carolina faith communities.   Bike Fixtations are outdoor self-service bike repair stations that can be used to inflate tires or repair a flat.  This exciting opportunity will help faith communities promote and increase physical activity.

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National Empanada Day!

April 8, 2016

by Hannah Field

Today is National Empanada Day! Empanadas are widely found in Central and South America. They are pockets of dough stuffed with meats, veggies, beans, cheeses, and sometimes eggs and raisins! You can even make dessert empanadas with a variety of fillings. The name comes from the Spanish verb “empanar,” meaning “to wrap or coat in bread.”

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