The Congregational Health Index or “CHI” is a survey tool and guide to help your congregation discover opportunities for improving your health, and challenges to getting there. The CHI will show you how to make healthy eating and physical activity choices available to everyone at your faith community.
Who Developed by the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and the Community Health Partnership of Oregon’s Public Health Institute
What A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide that will enable you to: • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your congregation’s facilities, policies, and practices for promoting health; • Develop an action plan for improving your congregation’s facilities, policies, and practices, and; • Involve your faith community in implementing this improvement plan.
Why “Our health is powerfully shaped by the places we work, learn, play and worship. Our daily environments make healthful diets and physical activity easier or harder to achieve. In recent decades, these environments have changed drastically, making it more challenging to maintain a healthy way of life in many communities. When fast food options are cheap and convenient, but healthy foods are not, and neighborhoods lack safe areas for outdoor play, our health suffers. With the right tools, we can change our immediate environments to make healthy choices the easy choices.”
When 2010Visit Congregational Health Index