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Faithful Families in Mecklenburg County

Program Overview

The Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More Program (Faithful Families) promotes
healthy eating and physical activity in communities of faith.

Resources for the program include a 9-session Faithful Families curriculum and the Eating Smart and Moving More Planning Guide for Faith Communities.

The Faithful Families curriculum is co-taught by nutrition and physical activity educators and trained lay leaders from faith communities in small group sessions. Lay Leaders bring the spiritual elements into each session, through discussion questions and “Thinking it Through” prompts in each lesson.

The Faithful Families curriculum was updated in January of 2013 to include the latest nutrition content, as well as a social media and local foods focus. The curriculum includes everything you need to implement the program, including ready-to-use PowerPoint slides and scripts for the nine-session series, a Lay Leader Training Guide and evaluation tools. Additionally, the kit includes Move More activities, recipes and faith-based discussion questions for each lesson. The Eating Smart and Moving More Planning Guide for Faith Communities is included as well, and available for free download on our website. TheEating Smart and Moving More Planning Guide for Faith Communities assists faith leaders in adopting policy and environmental change for their faith community and establishing health committees.

Faithful Families has been accepted as a “Practice-Tested Intervention” by the Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT) at UNC Chapel Hill. Center TRT, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases, has developed a process for reviewing, translating and disseminating interventions. This process is applied to obesity prevention interventions that have been tested through research studies or have been developed and evaluated in practice. Interventions are recommended by expert reviewers and CDC for dissemination. Faithful Families is the first faith-based intervention to achieve this status. Learn more

If you are interested in having the Faithful Families program at your place of worship/faith organization, click here to complete the interest form.

Written By

Photo of Kristin DavisKristin DavisExtension Agent, Local Foods / FCS (704) 336-4006 kristin_davis@ncsu.eduMecklenburg County, North Carolina
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