How Can Your Faith-Based Community Participate?

  • Post information in your congregation’s newsletter or bulletin
  • Write a column in your community newsletter
  • Host a health event like a Body Mass Index or cholesterol screening or a health fair
  • Hold an open house for programs related to fitness/health
  • Organize a cook-off for healthy foods—let your youth be the judge
  • Plan hands-on activities, such as instruction in preparing healthy snacks
  • Have a “healthy potluck” meal in which your congregation brings healthy food to share
  • Issue a pedometer challenge or other physical activity challenges.
  • Set goals and issue the challenge among different age groups, classes, etc.
  • Plan a congregation-wide activity day​

Need More Information?

For more information or resources, check out our website: or call us at 615-741-7353.

Resource Links for Faith-Based Communities

Resources Specifically for Faith-Based Communities

TN Department of Health Office of Faith-Based Initiatives (

Eat Smart Move More North Carolina 

Eat Smart Move More North Carolina

Body and Soul: A Celebration for Healthy Eating and Living

A Guide for Your Church

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Additional Resources

Tennessee Department of Health

Get Fit TN initiative

Healthier Tennessee Campaign

Office of Child Nutrition & Wellness

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention

Tips for Parents-ideas to help children maintain a healthy weight

Healthy Youth: Physical Activity

Healthy Youth: Nutrition

Shape Up America!

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

National Institutes of Health We can! Program (Ways to Enhance Child Activity and Nutrition)

United States Department of Agriculture

Choose My Plate

Eat Smart, Play Hard Resources Power Panther Resources

Team Nutrition

Fruit & Veggies More Matters

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Families Finding the Balance Parent Guide

We Can! Parents Tips

Get Started! Eating Healthy & Moving More

Helping your overweight child

We Can! Parent Tips

Weekly Meal Planner

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

Healthy Recipes

Web MD Fit: Mood, Food, Move and Recharge provides credible, accurate information to help you choose to live a healthier life

International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity