• Partnering with Faith Communities

    Posted on January 3, 2013 by in Blog, Wake County

    First Baptist Church in Sanford holds an exercise class in their gym

    by Annie Hardison-Moody

    Voices into Action was recently highlighted in a USDA blog post for our growing partnerships with faith communities in Harnett, Lee and Wake counties.  Through our work with Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More (Faithful Families), Voices into Action is promoting healthy eating and places to be active in faith communities in these counties.

    In December, we held a meeting with faith community leaders and other community organizations in Southeast Raleigh at Mount Peace Baptist Church.  At this meeting, we talked about our work and partnership with Faithful Families, but spent most of our time listening to the group talk about community assets that can help to promote healthy eating and physical activity.  These include faith community land, which might be used for playgrounds or community gardens; faith community leaders, who can promote healthy messages; faith community coalitions, which can be a vital source of support for programming; and food pantries, operated by local faith communities.  Also, we heard about the importance of mentoring for young people, talked about the importance of sharing resources, and brainstormed ways to get people excited and motivated to try healthy options.

    This meeting was one of two meetings Voices into Action held to get ready for our upcoming Community Workshops at Martin Street Baptist Church, which will be on January 25th (for representatives from community organizations) and January 26th (for community members).  We hope that you will attend so that we can hear YOUR voice – What matters to you?  What issues need to be addressed?  What assets are in your community?  How can you make a difference in promoting healthier options and places to be active for children?

    To register for the workshop, visit this link.

    If you are interested in having a Faithful Families class at your faith community, please contact Annie Hardison-Moody at 919.515.8478 or amhardis@ncsu.edu.