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    The Bold Invitation Your Community Deserves

    Posted on February 26, 2015 by in Blog

    by Susan Jakes Work in communities often begins  with one person’s or a small group’s inspiration  – it could be from concern over some unmet need in the community, inspiration from what others are doing, or an idea of what could be. When these ideas come to individuals or small groups, the leaders must set […]

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  • VIA Receives Opal Mann Green Engagement Award

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by in Blog

    by Josephine McKelvy The Voices into Action (VIA) team is excited to announce that we have been selected to receive the fifth annual Opal Mann Green Engagement & Scholarship Award for excellence in collaborative and participatory research at N.C. State University! Whether it’s research with families or outreach with communities, the VIA team has been in […]

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    Make Valentine’s Day Healthy and Happy

    Posted on February 13, 2015 by in Blog

    by Lorelei Jones When you think about a special Valentine’s Day celebration, what comes to your mind first?  Was it the chocolate or the dinner?  Probably not.  It was more likely a sweet message from a dear friend or family member, a simple note, a kind gesture, or a fond memory of time spent together. […]

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    I heart you.

    Posted on February 6, 2015 by in Blog

    by Debbie Stephenson Go into any grocery store or drug store today and you will find aisles of Valentine’s candy.  You will find everyday candy in red, white, or pink wrappers.  You will see candy shaped like hearts or lips, candy on a stick, candy with writing on it, marshmallow candy, gluten free candy, sugar […]

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    Tax Time!

    Posted on January 29, 2015 by in Blog

    by Erinn Brooks All of the mothers and grandmothers we interview work hard to make ends meet each month. But money is often tight! Some mothers have formed close relationships with their landlords and can make rent payments throughout the month. Others have already started to save for next winter’s holidays, in hopes of providing […]

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    Everyday Flu Prevention

    Posted on January 19, 2015 by in Blog

    by Helen Herrera According to the CDC, this year’s flu has reached epidemic levels. In North Carolina, 90 people have died from the flu and we’re barely ½ way through the season! Children and elderly are particularly vulnerable to getting the flu, and this matters because it is not uncommon to have multiple generations living […]

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  • Slow Cooker Chili

    Posted on January 9, 2015 by in Blog

    by Annie Hardison-Moody Happy New Year!  We at Voices into Action hope that you are enjoying a happy and healthy new year so far. With the cold weather we’ve been having this week, I wanted to share a recipe from the North Carolina Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) for slow cooker chili.  I […]

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    Re-imaging New Year’s Resolutions

    Posted on December 19, 2014 by in Blog

    by Susan Jakes New Year’s Resolutions are coming soon – a chance to push the reset button and decide what we really want to make happen in the new year. Often times these resolutions require some daily behavior change, and are dropped after a few days or weeks. My challenge to you is to think […]

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    Exercise with Your Pet

    Posted on December 12, 2014 by in Blog

    by Debbie Stephenson What is one thing you have in common with your dog or cat?   If you answered the need to exercise you are exactly right! The benefits from exercise for both humans and pets include weight management, stronger bones and muscles, improved hearts and lungs and an overall improvement in health. Exercising a […]

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    Harnett County Mini-Grant Updates

    Posted on December 11, 2014 by in Blog, Harnett County

      by Sarah Bowen, Annie Hardison-Moody, Lilly O’Connell, and Josephine McKelvy We recently completed our 6-month site visits with 4 of our 5 mini-grantee organizations in Harnett County, and we’re so excited about what they’ve accomplished! Lillington Star Playground Lillington Star Free Will Baptist Church is working hard to make sure that their congregation and […]

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