“I was able to witness powerful changes in the lives that Faith In Prevention touched last year,” says Summer Tatum, Program Manager for Community Engagement and organizer of the Faith In Prevention program. “Congregations really came together to think innovatively about how to improve the health of their individual members and their communities as a whole, learn new skills, and have a ton of fun in the process.”

Nine Camden faith-based organizations increased the health and wellness of their congregants through participation in our 2015 Faith In Prevention project, and we’re looking to bring this exciting program to many new participants in 2016. Organizations can learn more about the program at a meet and greet on Monday, March 28 at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center from 5:30-7:30.  The program provides funding and training for congregations to improve wellness in their communities through a proven curriculum of fun, exercise and healthy cooking.  Limited seats are still available for new Camden faith-based organizations to take advantage of this opportunity.

The Meet and Greet will include an overview of the Camden Coalition and the Faith In Prevention project, testimonials from last year’s participating organizations, and a chance to meet our community partners. This year we are partnering with Rutgers School of Nursing to measure the health progress of participating congregations. Rutgers nurses will also attend the meet and greet to discuss how their service will help congregations track their progress to better health.

The 2016 Faith In Prevention program will start with a three day training April 18-20. Classes will follow the Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More curriculum, an evidence-based intervention that promotes healthy eating and physical activity in communities of faith. Then in the summer, participating organizations will have the chance to develop a mini-grant proposal for $5,000 to change policy or environmental aspects of their places of worship to increase the health of their congregations, and work in the following months to implement those changes.

Last year’s mini-grant projects included community gardens, group fitness classes, bike racks, a walking trail, adopting a park, and a project called Operation Thirst, where congregants competed against each other in a water intake challenge while also providing water to individuals experiencing homelessness. We can’t wait to see what this year’s group comes up with.

Faith-based organizations that are interested in participating in this year’s Faith In Prevention program should email Summer Tatum, Program Manager for Community Engagement, at statum@camdenhealth.org, or download the application below.

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