October 30, 2013
Faithful Families would like to learn about the use of North Carolina congregations’ facilities by outside groups and individuals through a Faith Community Facility Use Agreement Survey. Findings from this survey will help our staff and community partners – Voices into Action, North Carolina Council of Churches Partners in Health and Wholeness, and the NC Division of Public Health – develop resources and trainings on how congregations can use their facilities to promote physical activity.
Please only complete this survey if your congregation is in North Carolina.
The survey, which takes less than 20 minutes to complete, will be available October 28 through November 25. Click here to participate. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Annie Hardison-Moody at 919.515.8478 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your participation!
October 25, 2013
by Kristin Larson
Did you know beets are in season in North Carolina from October to December? Why not visit your local farmer’s market or produce stand to try some beets! This recipe is a delicious way to add more nutrition to your dessert. Enjoy!
-2 large cooked beets or 1 14-oz can beets, rinsed and drained
-1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) melted
-1 cup sugar
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-2 large eggs
-1/2 cup all purpose flour
-1/4 cup plus 2 tbs. cocoa powder
-1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Coat 9 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Smash beets until smooth. Set aside.
3. Whisk together butter and sugar in bowl until smooth. Add vanilla, then whish in eggs, one at a time. Stir in beets.
4. Whisk together flour and cocoa powder in separate bowl. Fold flour mixture into beet mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan.
5. Bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean. Cool, then cut into 16 squares.
This recipe is available from Vegetarian Times.
It is a wonderful way to get some vegetables in!
This recipe was also posted on the Voices into Action website.
For more information Kristin Larson can be reached at Wake County Cooperative Extension at 919-250-1119 or email@example.com.
October 18, 2013
Earlier this month, Dr. Ben Chapman, Food Safety Specialist and Assistant Professor in the Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences at NC State University, posted an infosheet about food safety and faith community fundraisers at Food Myths and Memes. This is an important topic, given the recent salmonella outbreak at a church in Shelby, NC.
Check out the food safety infosheet on the blog, which highlights that:
- At least 13 individuals who ate at a barbecue event were hospitalized with symptoms including abdominal cramping, diarrhea and vomiting.
- All preparers should know safe cooking/cooling temperatures and procedures. Hold meals and ingredients requiring temperature control either below 41°F or above 135°F.
- Purchase ingredients from commercial food businesses instead of homemade/donated foods and ask about food safety systems for suppliers.
- Community dinners can be great fundraisers but are often held at temporary sites and staffed by volunteers unfamiliar with safe food handling practices for large meals.
It’s important to think about food safety for faith community events and fundraisers. The infosheet, as well as the entire post, are available here.
We are excited to announce the launch of our updated Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More curriculum in January of 2014. We will also be holding two upcoming trainings for the program, in Winston-Salem and Greenville, NC for Extension and Health Department staff in North Carolina.
The new Faithful Families curriculum will feel very familiar, but we have added some updated nutrition content, included prompts and tips to help participants buy, shop for and prepare local produce, and we have added “media moments” to get participants engaged with Extension, EFNEP and Faithful Families on social media. We will also be offering a Faithful Families cookbook along with the program, using the EFNEP’s Eating Smart and Moving More cookbook.
For 2014, we will be evaluating this updated Faithful Families curriculum, so all agents, EFNEP staff and health department staff who would like to participate in the program should attend the training in February and commit to working with at least one faith community over the course of 2014. This will include collecting participant surveys after each class and conducting member health assessments with the faith communities where you work. Our goal is to make sure that this new curriculum is effective and serves our audience, and we need your help to evaluate that!
FCS agents and health department staff will need to pay a one-time $100 curriculum fee for a hard copy of the curriculum. EFNEP staff will receive the kits as part of your regular EFNEP program delivery. You will also get all materials on CD and DVD the day of the training.
Trainings are scheduled for:
- February 11th: 9:00am – 2:30pm, Winston-Salem, NC, Forsyth County Cooperative Extension, Auditorium C (1450 Fairchild Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105)
- February 18th 9:00am – 2:30pm, Greenville, NC, Pitt County Cooperative Extension, Auditorium,(403 Government Circle, Suite 2, Greenville, NC 27834)
You must sign up for the trainings. Please contact Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on signing up.
We hope to see our North Carolina health department and Extension staff in February!
by Annie Hardison-Moody
A Faithful Families church moving more!
Last week I spoke on a panel at the 3rd Annual Shaw University Health Disparities Conference. It was a great conference with
excellent speakers, many of whom talked about their work in faith and health promotion. It was wonderful to talk with others about Faithful Families and about the work they are doing to promote health in communities of faith.
One of our presenters was Dr. Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, President and CEO of Gramercy Research Group in Winston-Salem. They have developed a series of free online instant recess videos for faith communities and youth. Dr. Whitt-Glover had those of us at the conference out of our chairs, dancing, walking and even getting some strength training during a busy conference day. It was a fun 10-minute move more break!
If you are looking for new ways to be active during or after a Faithful Families class, check out these resources today!