Healthy commitments in Micro

July 21, 2017

Micro Original Freewill Baptist Chuch is located in the small farming community of Micro, North Carolina.  The church’s mission is to “reach out to members, potential members and website visitors, and help them grow spiritually by providing resources that work in conjunction with our church services and outreach ministries.”  The church has multiple youth organizations, adult organizations, and provides a healthy allotment of bible study, sermons, and activities each month.  Micro Original Freewill Baptist Church is also affiliated with The Richard & Carolyn Hinnant Community Outreach Center, which is dedicated to providing services for the extended Micro community as a ministry of the church. 

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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

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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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