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Healthy Body, Healthy Spirit: New Resource Available for Faith Leaders

Release Date: December 3, 2010
Contact: Renee McCoy, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – Houses of worship across the state will be full during the holidays, and the N.C. Division of Public Health is encouraging faith leaders to take the opportunity to emphasize the body as well as the spirit.  A resource guide is now available on the Division’s website to help faith communities prevent chronic conditions that plague millions of North Carolinians.

Health-Related Bulletin Inserts for the Faith Community contains 57 different documents that contain short, simple and easy-to-read messages. The materials can be copied and inserted into church bulletins, placed on bulletin boards, or distributed to members as flyers.

“So many of the chronic diseases North Carolinians struggle with day-to-day can be prevented,” said Dr. Ruth Petersen, section chief for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in the Division of Public Health. “Faith communities can be pivotal in getting prevention messages to the people who need them most.”

The easy-to-read flyers can help individuals learn ways to prevent and control chronic illnesses (those lasting three months or longer) and provide guides to resources available on the Web to answer health questions.

Topic areas include asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease & stroke prevention, injury and violence prevention, nutrition, physical activity, school health and tobacco cessation.

The Health-Related Bulletin Inserts for the Faith Community are highlighted at http://www.ncpublichealth.com/chronicdiseaseandinjury/index.htm and can be directly downloaded at http://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/FaithBulletinInserts/FaithBulletinInserts.html.

Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina is a statewide movement that promotes increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity wherever people live, learn, earn, play and pray. To learn more visit the movement online at www.EatSmartMoveMoreNC.com.

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