WINNSBORO — The Theme “All Aboard for a Healthy Fairfield” seems to be making its way around the county.
Twenty-four faith-based organizations attended a Health Ministry Meeting hosted by Fairfield Behavioral Health Services at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church on July 28.
Fairfield Behavioral Health Services through its Health Partners received funding from The Healthy South Carolina Initiative (HSCI) a statewide project currently funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Transformation Grant Program (CTG).
The grant program is focused on decreasing death and disability from poor nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco use, high cholesterol and hypertension. Churches are engaging their members, local communities, working to increase access to healthy foods, creating active communities and supporting tobacco-free environments.
Collectively since Round One funding in May 2012 and the end of July 2014, 58 faith based organizations have adopted a Model Tobacco-Free Policy; 38 have adopted a Healthy Living Policy; 37 participated in quarterly Health Ministry meetings (discuss progress, sustainability, learn about services in the Community i.e. FBHS, DSS, Eau Claire); and 46 faith based organizations developed health ministries evidenced by a signed Healthy Living Policy.
The next training will be held on Aug. 23. Contact Cheryl Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-635-2335 ext. 20, for more information.