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.
January 21, 2016
by Hannah Field
Winter is quite a busy time for a lot of people. Winter holidays are joy-filled, but they can also be very stressful. Add to that the stress of jobs and school, which are often at their peak during winter, and it can be difficult to set aside time for healthy habits. Cooking nutritious foods, exercising, and getting enough sleep are often the first things to go when we are stressed, but they shouldn’t be! These healthful habits give us the energy we need to tackle all that we need to do.
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.
November 10, 2014
by Madison Fehling
The 9th annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge is here! In preparation for the Holiday Challenge, we conducted a Taste Test to try all of the healthy recipes you will find in the newsletters. Boy oh boy are there some good ones this year!
By Maryam Funmilayo
Just recently, the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition (ADN), chose August as ‘Kids Eat Right’ month. The purpose of this month-long observation is to highlight the efforts of many people in various communities and organizations to battle child obesity and implement child-friendly healthy initiatives. In this respect, I will highlight a few important suggestions that faith communities may try, in order to improve the lives of children through healthy eating and physical activity.
June 25, 2014
Do you want to learn more about what North Carolina faith communities are doing to promote physical activity? If yes, check out the newly released North Carolina Faith-based Organization Facility Use Assessment Report and Executive Summary. The Assessment was conducted through a partnership between Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More, N.C. Council of Churches: Partners in Health and Wholeness, N.C. Division of Public Health (Community Transformation Grant Project and the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch), and Voices Into Action: The Families Food, and Health Project.
by Debbie Stephenson
May 12, 2014
NOTE: This was originally posted by Voices into Action: The Families, Food and Health Project
Warmer weather and more daylight makes May a great month to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, as proclaimed by President Obama. As part of the proclamation, the President said, “I call upon the people of the United States to make daily physical activity, sports participation, and nutrition a priority in their lives.”
October 30, 2013
Faithful Families would like to learn about the use of North Carolina congregations’ facilities by outside groups and individuals through a Faith Community Facility Use Agreement Survey. Findings from this survey will help our staff and community partners – Voices into Action, North Carolina Council of Churches Partners in Health and Wholeness, and the NC Division of Public Health – develop resources and trainings on how congregations can use their facilities to promote physical activity.
September 20, 2013
by Debbie Stephenson
We all know the importance of adding activity to your day. It could be as easy as going for a walk or playing Frisbee with your children. I like doing 5Ks and find it motivating to sign up for races in the future and then training for them. The registration commitment keeps me challenged and on track. There are several races that are held annually and new ones are added all the time. Many of them benefit charities and include an option to walk or run. Next time you see one advertised, think about signing up! For example, the Harnett County Partnership for Children has a 5K for the first 2000 days at Campbell University on October 12th.
August 1, 2013
by Annie Hardison-Moody
Faithful Families is excited to partner with Voices into Action: The families, food and health project in Harnett, Lee and Wake counties in North Carolina. One of the goals of the Harnett Voices into Action: Empowering and Serving Harnett County Through the Families, Food, and Health Project committee has been to bring nutrition education, through programs like the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) to food pantries in Western Harnett County. We are currently piloting this through a partnership with Martha’s Place Food Pantry, which is a faith-based food pantry with leadership from Solid Rock United Methodist Church and partners across the county.