Free Faith and Nutrition Training for Savannah Church Groups

By: Carriage Trade Public Relations
 
SAVANNAH, Ga. - May 4, 2021 - PRLog -- (SAVANNAH, GA) A free "Faith and Nutrition" training program is now available online to Savannah area faith-based organizations to help foster increased physical activity and healthy food consumption among African American adults. Also known as FAN, this training is being offered through a research study at the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center and is supported by grant funding awarded by the CDC's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program to the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah.

The free FAN training supports churches to:
  • increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating,
  • create guidelines for physical activity and healthy eating,
  • engage community faith leaders in FAN goals and support their health, and
  • share health messages with members.

"This is a successful program that is included in the National Cancer Institute's Research Tested Intervention Programs and has assisted more than 200 faith-based organizations to become stronger in health," said Healthy Savannah Nutrition Program Manager Deidre Grim, PhD, MPA, MPP, MURP.

Chronic diseases have significant health and economic costs in the United States, and, according to the CDC, those health gaps remain widespread among racial and ethnic minority groups. More than 868,000 Americans die of heart disease or stroke every year, which is one-third of all deaths. Those diseases also take an economic toll, costing our health care system $214 billion per year and causing $138 billion in lost productivity on the job.

The FAN Online Training includes eight engaging lessons. Faith leaders who complete the training course can receive free resources to support their members in preventing chronic disease and improving health outcomes.

Free enrollment is now open. To sign up, please email FAN4Life@mailbox.sc.edu or call 877-971-5259. Visit prevention.sph.sc.edu/projects/fantraining.htm to learn more.

ABOUT THE YMCA OF COASTAL GEORGIA/HEALTHY SAVANNAH GRANT FOR RACIAL AND ETHNIC APPROACHES TO COMMUNITY HEALTH: In September 2018, Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million grant called Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health. This funding, awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been deployed by the Savannah/Chatham County project team to reduce health inequities experienced by Black residents in low-wealth neighborhoods. The local project is called Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity, or HOPE. Its aim is to increase the availability of high-quality nutrition, increase physical activity by creating greater access to safe places to walk, run, bike and play, and foster stronger connections between people and the healthcare providers who serve them. Working with more than 200 community partners and organizations, the team's work elevates the health and wellness of our community through policy, systems, and environmental change.

healthysavannah.org ymcaofcoastalga.org.

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