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Let's Move Faith and Communities

Let's Move Faith and Communities  

As trusted community leaders, faith-based and neighborhood organizations are key partners in solving the problems that lead to childhood obesity and addressing related issues of hunger. Please visit www.letsmove.gov/communities for more information on Let’s Move Faith and Communities.

Upcoming Webinars

Let’s Move Faith and Communities seeks to equip community-based health leaders with best practices and resources that be adapted to fit the needs and goals of their community.Our web-based programs and trainings free to community health leaders. A certificate of completion will be provided to participants who take the entire webinar training (this does not apply to phone access only).

EatPlayGrow 

Thursday, May 28, 2015 1-2:30 EDT

(12 a.m. CST, 11:00 a.m. MST, 10:00 a.m. PST)

EatPlayGrow™ is an early childhood health curriculum developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) in partnership with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) We Can! program. This curriculum combines the most up-to-date science from the NIH with CMOM’s creative educational approach to teach young children and their parents how to make healthy nutritional and physical activity choices. It is an ideal program for child care centers, museums, community centers, faith-based organizations, public libraries, and other community locations where parents and their children come to learn, be active, and have fun.

Join CMOM educators as they present an interactive, engaging training session with topics including EatPlayGrow™ obesity prevention lesson plans and activities, early childhood methodologies, wellness leadership and capacity building, and partner and community resource development for parents, educators and community leaders.

 

The Media-Smart Youth Program:

Helping Kids Develop Healthy Habits and Media Smarts

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 12:30- 1:30 p.m. EDT

(11:30 a.m. CST, 10:30 a.m. MST, 9:30 a.m. PST)

Did you know that youth in this country spend about 7½ hours a day using media for fun? That adds up to a lot of screen time—and a lot of advertisements—each year. To promote healthy choices, the National Institutes of Health developed the free afterschool program Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!® The curriculum includes 10 lessons to teach upper-elementary and middle-school students about media, nutrition, and physical activity. It concludes with a capstone project, in which youth design a media product of their own to encourage their friends to eat right and move more.

In this interactive webinar, you’ll discover how 6 Media Questions can help youth think more critically about ads, hear success stories from past sites, and find out how to lead a Media-Smart Youth program in your own community.

 

Hunger as a Health Issue: Gleaning at Community Scale 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 12:30- 1:30 p.m. EDT

(11:30 a.m. CST, 10:30 a.m. MST, 9:30 a.m. PST)

Health care providers are seeing firsthand how severely hunger and poor nutrition – among children, seniors, pregnant women, and other adults– makes an impact on all aspects of health and wellness. Malnourishment exacerbates chronic disease, mental illness, prenatal complications, oral health and many other conditions. In Toledo, a food reclamation effort, coordinated by ProMedica health system, has reclaimed almost 200,000 pounds of food in the last two years-- which has provided more than 80,000 meals through its community partners!

Learn how they’ve joined with private, faith, and service partners to take this gleaning program to scale and how additional nutrition and food access programs, both clinically and community based, have helped change the culture and direction of ProMedica’s Advocacy efforts.

 

Go4Life: Promoting Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 12:30- 1:30 p.m. EDT

(11:30 a.m. CST, 10:30 a.m. MST, 9:30 a.m. PST)

While many of us know that regular exercise and physical activity is important to our health, it is even more important as we become older.  Increased physical activity combats many chronic conditions and disabilities that are associated with aging, providing a better quality of life.  Go4Life will provide the resources necessary for your organization/group to create an environment that supports increased physical activity in older adult’s daily lives.  Learn how to motivate your community and become a part of Go4Life month in September and Be Active Every Day!

 

Opening Congregational Doors to Community Needs  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12:30- 1:30 p.m. EDT

(11:30 a.m. CST, 10:30 a.m. MST, 9:30 a.m. PST)

As faith and community organizations place a greater emphasis on the health and wellness of their communities and neighborhoods, they are making their playgrounds, meeting rooms, parish halls, and classrooms available for the health needs of their neighbors.  Join us and learn about a network of congregations who have partnered with Bon Secours Health System to regularly host a primary care clinic for the uninsured in their neighborhoods in Richmond, VA.  We'll also hear about resources created by ChangeLab Solutions that highlight faith-based organizations that are embracing “shared use” of their facilities and programs to help create and sustain healthy congregations and communities.  

 

Success Stories

Looking for ideas to get moving? Check out Communities on the Move to see what other faith-based and neighborhood organizations are doing across the country to improve the health of their communities! For more community success stories from Let's Move Faith and Communities participants, visit www.letsmove.gov/success-stories.

Let's Move

Resources

The Let’s Move Faith and Communities toolkit and wellness leadership bulletin insert are designed to help faith-based and neighborhood organizations engage their communities and promote healthy choices and access to nutritious food.

Join the Movement!

Sign up and join our community of supporters. You’ll be connected to ideas and resources for your wellness ministry, and we’ll share and lift up best practices. We want to hear from you!


Content last reviewed on April 16, 2014