Success Story in Edgecombe County

St. Luke Church of Christ, Princeville

April 13, 2017

Yvonne Murphy, Program Associate with the NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) partnered with St. Luke Church of Christ in Princeville to carry out a vibrant Faithful Families program in partnership with the wellness committee at the church. Through this curriculum, participants are challenged to make positive changes to achieve good nutrition and health, increase physical activity, control portion sizes, practice food resource management skills, practice food safety in preparation and practice safe storage and handling of food.

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2016 Faithful Families Summit


On September 8th the NC Division of Public Health and Extension at NC State University held the 2016 Faithful Families Summit, at the Crabtree Marriot in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nearly 200 North Carolina and national Faithful Families partners met that day with a shared goal of creating lasting changes to support healthy eating and physical activity in faith communities.

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Macon County, NC – A Snapshot of Success

Dawn Wilde Burgess, Community Health Promotion Supervisor with Macon County, NC has been busy developing an promoting a successful Faithful Families program.  Macon County Public Health worked with Holly Springs Baptist Church and other faith communities to implement the program, with assistance from the Community Transformation Grant program in their region.  They were met with great success – in one congregation 86% of participants reported eating smaller portions and 86% of participants reported they were more mindful about what they ate.

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Grandparents as role models for physical activity

I am having to face facts, whether I like it or not, I am getting older and I need to add a fresh dimension to my exercise routine. I know you don’t have to join a gym, train for a 5K, or buy expensive gear, but I have found a great way to motivate yourself is to team up with a fitness buddy. I cannot think of a better buddy than my granddaughter!

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Faithful Families Featured at NC Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration!

The Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More program was recently featured at a Centennial Celebration for North Carolina Cooperative Extension!  We are proud to share this video, which highlights some of the great work of our partners in Wake County, including Kristin Larson, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Associate, and leaders at Mount Peace Baptist Church in Raleigh.

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Farmer’s Market Tour: An Adventure with Women from the Islamic Association of Raleigh

May 21, 2014

by Maryam Funmilayo

I had the opportunity to take some women and children from the Islamic Association of Raleigh (IAR), on a farmer’s market tour on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Along with the group was Lindsey Schwartz, a graduate student in Public Health at Campbell University.   We are working on piloting a Farmer’s Market Tour for Faithful Families – and it was so fun to get to test this out with the women from the IAR!

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Connecting with Food Pantries: What Have We Learned So Far?

Note: This post was originally posted on the Voices into Action website.

March 25, 2014

by Annie Hardison-Moody

In each of the counties where Voices into Action: The Families, Food and Health Project works, organizations and county residents have talked about how important food pantries are to their communities.  Given the recent economic downturn, coupled with cuts to federal food assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), food pantries and other emergency food providers are increasingly on the front lines in making sure families have the food they need to survive and thrive.

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