2014 Faith & Health Summit – Register Now!

2014 Faith & Health Summit

Please join the North Carolina Council of Churches at the 2014 Faith and Health Summit, which will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Ardmore Baptist Church in Winston-Salem (501 Miller Street). The program will run from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with registration starting at 8:30. Arrival snacks and coffee will be provided. The conference theme is “We’re Better Together” and the focus text is Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a. Click here to register by Monday September 29. After registering, please make your $15 payment by: 1) sending a check to PHW, 27 Horne Street,…

Another Spirit-filled Weekend with Partners in Health and Wholeness

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Partners in Health and Wholeness co-hosted a youth conference on Saturday, July 12, with Empowering Word Ministries in Wadesboro.  I was honored to be able to participate as a PHW intern. Empowering Word Ministries Church held a spirit filled-praise and worship service with groups from the community and surrounding counties on Friday night, which I attended. In addition to the worship service, Empowering Word Ministries Church and Partners in Health and Wholeness were able to partner in a healthy lifestyle ministry the next day.  Participants were able to share in the…

PHW Welcomes Courtney Ward

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Courtney Ward is a summer intern with the Alliance of Baptists, working with Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and lending her aid to the Partners in Health and Wholeness Initiative. Born and bred in Frederick, Maryland, Courtney received a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Bachelor’s degree in Religion (both concentrating in American Studies) from Hood College. She has five years of experience working with non-profit organizations and is progressing to make a career out of her past experience. Her passion for cultural studies and social diversity has helped her to…

“A Conspiracy of Sunlight and Sugar”


Blueberries, blackberries, persimmons and plums!  What is your local fruit IQ?  Do you know when local fruit is in season and where to get it?  The blog  below, written by Barth Anderson, is about his discovery of in-season local fruit. I found it entertaining, enlightening and encouraging. It was also a humorous reminder that if you don’t eat the healthy, delicious local fruit that is in season, someone else will! He writes: wherever you are, whatever climate or altitude, I guarantee there is a conspiracy of sunlight and sugar being committed behind…

Men’s Health Week and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

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There’s lots to celebrate this month. Besides my birthday (smile), the month of June is when we observe Men’s Health Week and National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. These two issues, each important enough on their own, also overlap as men are encouraged to eat nutritious, well-balanced meals in order to remain healthy and strong. Our nation’s dietary guidelines are updated every five years, with the most recent set of guidelines released in 2010. In this report, the US Department of Agriculture advises both men and women to…

Healthy North Carolina 2020: Are We Gaining or Losing Ground?


Healthy North Carolina 2020 is a health improvement plan for our state. It addresses a wide range of issues that impact our health, such as tobacco use, physical activity and nutrition, mental health, and injury and violence. Optimal goals have been established in each of these areas, with a 2020 deadline for achieving them. So where does North Carolina currently stand? Out of the 40 original health goals, we’ve achieved 3 of them, 13 have improved but are not at the set target, 21 have gotten worse, 2 were not…

Bread: Embodying Justice


Shannon Axtell Martin, Regional Consultant, Partners in Health & Wholeness

There is nothing like the aroma of bread baking, and the incredibly comforting and satisfying taste of warm, fresh bread. From “give us this day our daily bread” to “I am the bread of heaven” to the feeding of the 5,000 to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, this seemingly simple food is so theologically rich. It is used to represent Christ’s body, God’s provision of manna in the wilderness, and livelihood in general.

PHW-Certified Congregation Receives Funding to Improve Access to Healthy Foods

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Love Fellowship Believers – a PHW Silver-Certified Congregation located in Greensboro and under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Kevin Webb – was awarded a Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities Youth Advocacy grant to take on the issue of healthy food access in their local community. With rising childhood obesity rates in our state and country, a lack of healthy food options in some of our communities, and unhealthy food advertisements geared toward children and their families, the members of Love Fellowship Believers have recognized a problem and are trying to fix…

Gardening With a Purpose

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Recently, I received a notice from a local community garden organizer about a grant opportunity sponsored by a fertilizer company. I shared it with my e-mail group and found one response, in particular, intriguing. Within this email, a local community leader expressed the importance of gardens, eating healthy, and making healthy local food accessible to the community, while being environmentally responsible. She continued to express the importance of our actions lining up with our values. She concluded that corporate sponsorship of funding for community gardens brought up questions of justice…

2014 PHW Certification & Mini-Grants: We’re Now Accepting Applications!

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New activities and requirements for the 2014 Partners in Health and Wholeness Certification Program are now posted on our website! We hope that you will join this statewide movement to improve the health of people of faith through increased physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco use prevention and cessation. PHW-certified congregations are taking charge of their health by serving healthier church meals, forming sports leagues and other exercise groups, addressing health from the pulpit and so much more! They may also qualify to receive a mini-grant ranging from $500 to…

PHW Receives Outstanding Community Service Award

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PHW received an Outstanding Community Service Award from Peletah Ministries in New Bern, under the leadership of Pastors Anthony and Dawn Baldwin Gibson, on Saturday, January 11.  Peletah Ministries, a small congregation of about 50 people, is making a real difference in their local community and surrounding areas. But instead of shining the spotlight on themselves, Peletah Ministries chose to acknowledge other community partners – e.g., the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, NC Cooperative Extension, NC Resourceful Communities and the Council’s very own PHW Initiative – at their…

Walking Together


Partners in Health and Wholeness cannot do its work without your involvement. We are dedicated to equipping individuals and churches with the proper resources to be successful at implementing healthier habits. We are powerful because you are with us. If there is anything on this list that you are willing to do, would you let us know? We thank you in advance for joining our team, our community, and this global passion to make health a right, and not a privilege. Would you consider: Joining the prayer team that will…

PHW Success Story – Tabernacle of Deliverance, Rocky Mount


Tabernacle of Deliverance is a non-denominational church located in a low socioeconomic community that strives to promote health and wellness along with spiritual guidance to those residing in the community. Programs targeted at at-risk youth are encouraged and implemented, including education on gang violence, teen pregnancy, substance abuse (drugs, alcohol and tobacco), and health and wellness. Monthly events are held where literature on each topic area mentioned above is distributed. Events such as our End-of-School Bash, Women’s Conference, Men’s Conference, Youth Conference, Back-to-School Bash and Community Outreach Day also include…

Church Youth Groups Invited to Apply for Funding to Create Healthier Communities


Partners in Health and Wholeness is teaming up with the NC Alliance of YMCAs to identify organizations, like churches, with active youth groups who seek to improve the health of their local community. This opportunity, called the Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities Teen Advocacy Mini-Grants program, supports the YMCA’s mission to strengthen communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Grant Purpose The purpose of this mini-grant program is to engage our state’s teens in advocacy for healthy food and physical activity access for all members of a given community,…

PHW Success Story – St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Durham

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Our congregation has used PHW’s gold status requirements as a framework for implementing activities throughout the year. Our priest, Jonah Kendall, led our health directive through his healthy and active lifestyle and by creating a PowerPoint presentation regarding health and Christianity and presenting it during our adult formation series. We formed a Health and Wellness Committee and established a mission statement for its work: The Health Advisory Committee promotes healthy lifestyles for the St. Philip’s congregation and our Beloved Community through prevention, education and advocacy. In addition, we now provide…


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