Did you know it is American Diabetes Month? Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, "Our 2016 theme is This Is Diabetes. We'll showcase real-life stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of the disease. Join as we salute the 29 million Americans with diabetes — as well as their loved ones — to raise awareness and to create a sense of urgency about this growing public health crisis." Click here for more information on resources, events, and how to get involved.
Congregations across North Carolina are living out their faith by taking the lead in promoting and pursuing good health in mind, body, and spirit.
Our current spotlight congregation is Have Life Church. As a PHW gold-level congregation, Have Life Church lives out their name to the fullest. Dr. Karla Robinson, Have Life’s health lead, and the rest of the health ministry keep the church on its toes (literally) throughout the year with all kinds of health-promoting activities. They regularly host blood drives and each month they highlight different health topics by providing pamphlets and handouts for the church. Dr. Robinson explained how the ministry tries to target common issues like obesity, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. Click here to read more about their efforts.
Our Certification program recognizes and celebrates congregations who are committed to health and wholeness. Currently, our certified congregations are eating healthier church meals, promoting physical activity through exercise groups, hosting forums on mental health, teaching youth the importance of staying tobacco free, planting community gardens, and more!
Would your congregation like to get involved? Our Certification Program is a great way to make an impact for health in your community. To apply for 2016 Certification click here. The deadline to apply for 2016 Certification has been extended to Tuesday, November 15. 2016 Certified Congregations will be eligible to apply for our next round of mini-grants in January 2017.