It’s Pumpkin Season!

October 19, 2017
by EFNEP

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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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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