Happy New Year! As you and your congregation set goals for 2017, remember you are not alone; there are so many resources to help you plan. In addition to the resources on our website (like activities in our Certification program, blogs, and success stories from other congregations) there are also plenty of health observances each month to give you ideas. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has multiple health topics listed each month in their National Health Observances calendar. Click here to view the 2017 calendar at a glance.
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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 United Progressive Baptist Church. They are working hard to promote health in their congregation and their community. They participated in a 12 week Diabetes prevention program, have hosted health fairs, and provided healthy snacks for Vacation Bible School. Health Lead Cheryl Alexander-Warren also reflects on how her understanding of the connection of faith and health has grown through her ministry. " We believe that your faith makes you whole, and it makes you whole by helping you take care of your body." 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!
Our Certification Program is a great way to make an impact for health in your community. Certification for 2016 is now closed, but we encourage you to be thinking ahead for 2017. Click here to see what the 2016 requirements were (although be aware they may change for 2017). 2016 Certified Congregations will be eligible to apply for our next round of mini-grants starting January 6, 2017.