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Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More

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Faithful Families program coordinator (serves multiple faith communities): Establish a Faithful Families program coordinator position whose responsibilities would include coordination of all county and/or city projects occurring across the state; maintenance of partnerships with state-level organizations (Division of Public Health, Cooperative Extension, state-wide faith-based organizations, etc.); budget management; oversight and coordination with staff to compile data from evaluations; training nutrition/physical activity educators and providing technical assistance. The time needed for this position would be determined by the number of counties or faith communities involved in the program. When getting started, current staff may serve in this capacity; however, statewide programming requires a full-time coordinator.

Nutrition/physical activity educator (e.g., EFNEP staff or other health professional; such as, Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, parish nurse, etc.): Each county or city targeted will need a committed and trained nutrition/physical activity educator. This educator will add FFESMM delivery to his/her work plan with responsibilities to include:  a) recruiting faith communities; b) working with the faith leader (minister, pastor, rabbi, imam, etc.) to identify and recruit lay leaders; c) training lay leaders to carry out the project; d) teaching five of the nine nutrition/physical activity education lessons with the lay leaders, e) maintaining weekly communication with the lay leaders; f) partnering with the lay leaders to conduct assessments and surveys; and g) working with both the faith leader and the lay leaders to ensure that policy and environmental changes related to physical activity and nutrition are adopted. The nutrition/physical activity educator should provide information about resources available to help the faith community sustain its health-based work after the program ends. At least quarterly, the educator should follow up with each faith community to determine how individual programs are progressing and what technical assistance they may need.

Lay leaders: Lay leaders are volunteers from a faith community. They are either selected by the faith leader or are self-selected. It is important to have at least two lay leaders from each faith community to ensure coverage in each area of the program. Lay leaders are responsible for recruiting participants, delivering faith-based portions of each session, teaching four lessons on their own, making arrangements for building use, tracking attendance, sending reminders to participants and serving as liaisons to the nutrition/physical activity educator. The lay leaders also serve as liaisons between the faith leader and the faith community as a whole.


Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More curriculum

  • Each faith community will need a copy of the curriculum; ideally, each educator should also have a copy. The cost of the curriculum is $100. Lay leaders will need access to the lessons they will teach and co-teach with the educator.

Eating Smart and Moving More Planning Guide for Faith Communities

Food and supplies for nutrition/physical activity sessions

  • If you provide recipe tastings, you will need approximately $125 to purchase food for the nine sessions. This cost does not include the equipment needed to prepare the recipes. “Skill Builders,” which are practical items such as shopping pads, cutting boards, cookbook, etc., are available for purchase from NC EFNEP (efnep@ncsu.edu) for each of the sessions. A complete set of Skill Builders for a group of 10 costs approximately $150. Purchasing of Skill Builders is not necessary to complete the intervention but does offer tools to help participants practice at home what they learn in the session.

Other Costs:

  • Costs can be associated with implementing and maintaining practices and policies adopted by faith communities. If a faith community creates a walking trail or plants a garden on the faith community campus, investment of time and materials is necessary to ensure safety and effectiveness.

  • Cost can be associated with having space to hold nutrition/physical activity sessions.