LiveWell Recognizes Places of Worship

Greenville County residents are winners if they attend any one of the 18 Faith Communities who have partnered with LiveWell Greenville to strive toward healthier food options and increasing physical activity because each have created goals to achieve success in both of those areas.

The following faith communities have collected data, set their annual goals and are making significant policy, system, and environmental changes within their congregational settings affecting upwards of 3,000 adults, youth and children among these seven churches:
Allen Temple AME declared that water is the drink of choice for all congregant meals and snacks served on their campus, while First Christian encourages their members to eat fresh produce by connecting with local produce vendors. Long Branch Baptist removed the salt shakers from their tables to decrease sodium intake, while offering fruit as a healthy option at all meals. Mountain View Baptist Church, one of our newest partners, chose to use a Let’s Move Initiative in order to increase physical activity among their congregants. New Life of Excellence also encouraged increased physical activity by sponsoring a Walk to Jerusalem where congregants captured their steps/miles and marked the distance from their church to Jerusalem. Shady Grove Baptist created a community garden on their property and shares the harvest with the older members and home bound neighbors in their community each year. Springfield Baptist developed a map for walking/running around their church perimeter and neighborhood, thereby creating a policy for environmental change.

All of our partnering faith communities have also adopted policies to establish smoking or tobacco use restrictions on their campuses. To find out more about how your site can be recognized in the future, contact mstephens@livewellgreenville.org

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