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Faithful Families Thriving Communities (Previously Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More) promotes healthy eating and physical activity in communities of faith. Resources for the program include a 9-session healthy eating and physical activity curriculum, 4 chronic disease prevention and management lessons, and the Planning Guide for Faithful Families. Faithful Families’ program approach includes small group sessions and policy and environmental changes at the faith community level to promote health for individuals, families, and the local community.
North Carolina Division of Public Health and NC State Extension
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Funding Source
Multiple funding partners including SNAP-Ed
Free Material
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SNAP-Ed Toolkit Classification
  • Evaluated
Evaluation Information
Part of the SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions Toolkit.* Center TRT developed an evaluation logic model and evaluation plan for Faithful Families. The logic model is intended to guide the evaluation process (as opposed to the planning process). The evaluation plan focuses on the implementation and effectiveness of Faithful Families in changing faith community policies and environments to support healthy eating and physical activity. The evaluation addresses the reach, adoption, implementation and effectiveness of Faithful Families in changing faith community environments to prevent obesity. Faithful Families provides faith communities with tools to assess each faith community’s unique assets and identify ways in which a faith community can use their assets to implement changes for community health. The curriculum includes an entry and exit form for participants who complete the nine-lesson class series. Additionally, The Faith Community Assessment is an audit tool that can measure changes in policies, systems, and environments to promote healthy eating and physical activity. It is meant to be filled out by a member of the faith community. It helps the faith community to better understand their resources, assets, and needs. The results of this assessment can be used to develop policy, systems, and environmental changes that can best support health in that particular faith community. The assessment can be completed online or by hand. If completing online, the results of the assessments can be downloaded as a PDF. The evaluation is a pre-post design with no comparison group. The evaluation plan provides guidance on evaluation questions and types and sources of data for both process and outcome evaluation.
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SNAP-Ed Connection Comments

*SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States is a compilation of interventions. The toolkit was developed by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, The Association of SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT), and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the USDA. It is designed and updated to help state SNAP-Ed administrative and implementing agencies identify evidence-based obesity prevention programs and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies and interventions to include in their SNAP-Ed plans.

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