Grants to aid fight against obesity, disease


From Contributed Reports

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Access to healthy food is associated with lower risk for obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases.

Resourceful Communities and The Conservation Fund awarded three 501(c)3 organizations — Project Momentum Inc., CEO Inc. and VOWS — funds from the CSX “On Track with Healthy Food Grant” to assist their new pilot project called NE-FUN, Nash Edgecombe Families Understanding Nutrition.

Local farmers, health professionals, faith-based organizations and interested community stakeholders are uniting to educate and encourage more fresh fruits and vegetables in their diets to help delay or prevent diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

“This is a small step to make a big difference that can help individuals live longer, healthier lives” said NE-FUN project leader Evangeline Grant, a certified faith community nurse and diabetes educator. “We want our participants to know what they’re eating, how to healthily prepare foods and the role food plays in their lives.”

The group’s strategies have included classes using evidence-based educational tools, one-on-one sessions, multiple public presentations and partnerships with local farmer’s pop-up markets. So far, the NE-FUN project efforts have benefited 113 individuals with the help of partners Windy Acres Farm, Life Care Hospital, Helping Hands Ministry, Ray Of Hope Christian Center, Conetoe Life Community Gardens, Englewood Ob-Gyn, Nash Cardiac Rehabilitation Center and the Word Tabernacle REACH Center.

For September and October, NE-FUN is partnering with NCC culinary instructors for “Food As Medicine” cooking classes and “Look Out Cancer” workshop with Nash UNC Cancer Center.