On September 8th the NC Division of Public Health and Extension at NC State University held the 2016 Faithful Families Summit, at the Crabtree Marriot in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nearly 200 North Carolina and national Faithful Families partners met that day with a shared goal of creating lasting changes to support healthy eating and physical activity in faith communities.
Dr. Annie Hardison-Moody, Faithful Families Director, delivered a heartfelt welcome. During an energizing opening session, presenters from several states across the country shared approaches they are utilizing to positively impact the health of the members and communities they serve. The energy remained high as participants attended breakout sessions where they heard innovative strategies to encourage shared use for physical activity, promote local foods, engage food pantries and increase diversity in faith-based programming.
The summit ended with a dynamic keynote presentation by Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Salatti discussed how faith and community groups promote health equity, creating healthier congregations and communities. The 2016 Faithful Families Summit was a celebration of partnerships that support eating smart and moving more for members of faith communities.
Click here for presentations from the Summit.