Connect to Healthy Eating
Eating healthy is good for us. It lowers our risk of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, as well as defends against depression. Good eating habits can also boost our energy, sharpen our memory and stabilize our mood. It is no accident that almost every religious tradition features food as a central part of their sacred practices. Eating is a holy act so it is important that we eat well and in ways that honor our bodies, God and each other.
Meal sharing is an integral part of the life of houses of worship. How does your faith community pay attention to food?
Which applies to you? Does your congregation:
- Develop internal policies to offer healthier food and beverages during congregational functions. (Ex: Fresh food options at events; Less sugary drinks offered)
- Offer programs to increase healthier options for the community. (Ex: Bring healthy options to community dinner or food pantry; Grow & donate garden produce; Use kitchen facilities for healthy cooking events)
- Build community partnerships, collaboration & education for healthier options. (Ex: Adopt a corner store to request and reinforce fresh food sales; Build bridges with other congregations, social service and civic agencies to impact local food and beverage offerings; Encourage local restaurants to include health information or healthier dishes on their menu)
Find suggestions for how you can take action here.
If you congreation is taking action on healthty eating, you may be a Healthy HotSpot! Look over this checklist and see if you qualify!