Extension, public health and faith community leaders traveled from all over the country to attend the 2016 Faithful Families Summit in Raleigh.
Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More, co-led by North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Division of Public Health, partners with local faith communities to promote physical activity and healthy eating to their members and communities as a whole.
“As such, the program is having a big impact on access to healthy foods and places to be active in the counties where Extension or health department staff are implementing the program,” said Faithful Families director and Extension specialist Dr. Annie Hardison-Moody.
Nearly 200 summit participants enjoyed a variety of hands-on sessions covering everything from promoting shared use for physical activity to working with food pantries to increase access to healthy choices.
“We want people to understand that health happens all the time … making sure that you’re eating the right types of food, making sure that you’re getting the right type of activity … it’s important because, as communities are healthier, they do better,” said Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the event’s keynote speaker.