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.
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!
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!
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!
Thank you to those who attended our recent Farmers’ Market Tour training! We will have the video from that webinar available on the website soon.
September 9, 2015
by Vimie Magsino
In 2014, the North Carolina Division of Public Health (DPH) was awarded Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (ODHDSP) funding for the implementation of population-wide and priority population approaches to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and the reduction of related health disparities among adults. This award will be administered by the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch, housed within the Chronic Disease and Injury Section of DPH.
March 13, 2015
by Maryam Funmilayo
Welcome back to the final series of gardening 101. I hope you have started brainstorming on what, where, when, and how to plant, as the spring season is fast approaching. I recently attended the Dig In! Event at the Marbles Kids’ Museum. Experienced and novice gardeners, farmers, Master Gardeners, school teachers, and various community members, were all attendees at the event. It was a well-attended and successful event. People shared success stories on how their empty lands became flourishing gardens.
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!
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.
This was originally posted on the NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program’s website.
I know from the guidance on ChooseMyPlate.gov, we should aim to make at least half our plates fruits and vegetables. But when I hear that, I wonder how I can make that happen with my limited food budget. Fruits and vegetables tend to be a pricey part of my grocery bill each time, and especially at this point in the year, somewhere between true winter and spring, I have a hard time deciding what can be good options for my family.