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Faith communities are connected to existing county level resources, including programs offered through county Cooperative Extension offices and local public health departments.

Additionally, faith communities are encouraged to enact policy and environmental changes that promote healthy eating and physical activity for the community at large. They are encouraged to think beyond the walls of the organization as they work to create sustainable changes impacting individuals and families.

Education classes and programs offered are open to the community. These programs help community members make better choices to improve their health through lifestyle choices and general health knowledge. In addition, policy and environmental changes that take place at local churches impact the congregation as well as family, friends, and local community members. For example, faith communities that adopt healthy food guidelines in community kitchens and food pantries increase access to healthier options for community members in need.

Faith-based programs have the potential to reach some of the most in need members of our community.