Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Food Insecurity/Food Assistance
Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: Faith-based community
Target Audience: Parents/Mothers/Fathers, Adults, Older Adults
- Recruiting and training a nutrition/PA educator
- Recruiting faith communities
- Recruiting and training lay leaders from each faith community involved in the program
- Recruiting faith community members to participate in nutrition/PA sessions
- Administering environmental and policy assessments
- Committing to environmental and policy change (the faith community should commit to at least one environmental change (e.g. posting a map of the parking lot or available trails that details distance) and one policy change (e.g. requiring that fruit be a dessert option) during the first program year
- Implementing the Faithful Families curriculum the Faithful Families Planning Guide.
- Plan: Know What’s for Dinner
- Shop: Get the Best for Less
- Shop for Value, Check the Facts
- Fix it Fast, Eat at Home
- Choosing More Fruits and Vegetables
- Fix it Safe
- Making Smart Drink Choices
- Choosing to Move More Throughout the Day
- Making the Connection
Faithful Families also has a full planning guide that makes adoption by others both feasible and straightforward. It contains draft policy and environmental change templates that a faith community can present to its members for adoption and sample documents to publicize once the changes are implemented. The Planning Guide also includes information on how to establish a health committee within a faith community.
The curriculum and guide are available at http://www.faithfulfamiliesesmm.org/started.html. While the guide is free, there is a cost associated with the curriculum.
In a pilot program of the intervention conducted in Harnett County, four faith communities completed the intervention and 59 of their members attended group sessions. A pre- and post- intervention survey of those who attended group sessions found improvements in dietary intake, dietary behaviors and physical activity. Of the 59 graduates from the FFESMM sessions, 43% increased fruit consumption; 47% increased vegetable consumption; and 35% increased the amount of their physical activity.
As of July 2010, 24 of the 35 (68.6%) faith communities participating in the FFESMM intervention across four counties had completed all elements of the program. All participating communities completed a Faith Community Health Assessment at both the start and end of the intervention year. Data collected using the assessment tool documented the number and type of new environment and policy changes implemented by each faith community. The results included the implementation of 14 Eat Smart policies, nine Move More policies, and five environmental change policies. Twenty-three of the 24 faith communities have enacted multiple policies.
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Environmental Settings||MT5, MT6|
|Sectors of Influence|
Evaluation materials for the program can be found here: http://www.faithfulfamiliesesmm.org/resources.html.
Dr. Annie Hardison-Moody
Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
North Carolina State University
Phone: (919) 515-8478