Healthy Communities

Faith-Based Wellness

 
The Faith-Based Wellness Program has engaged with numerous San Diego County faith-based organizations to deliver free nutrition education and physical activity programming for SNAP eligible families.  This program aims to reduce the risk of diet-related conditions and chronic diseases including obesity, heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cancer.  
 
Implemented by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Center for Community Health through Healthy Works, the Faith-Based Wellness Program promotes environments that support healthy lifestyles in faith-based settings by implementing policy, systems and environmental changes, creating physical activity opportunities, promoting nutrition education, and improving health outcomes and food access for San Diego County's most vulnerable families through a comprehensive faith-based wellness approach.  
 
The Faith-Based Wellness Program implements evidence-based, culturally sensitive nutrition education and establishes meaningful partnerships with a diverse array of San Diego County faith-based organizations.  Among the current successes of the program is the establishment of church policies that encourage healthy food, beverage and physical activity habits.  These policies, and the support provided by the program, are designed to meet the cultural needs of all kinds of faith groups, including but not limited to African-American, Latino and Muslim communities.
 
Along with cultural sensitivity, collaboration is essential to the success of improving church health. The Faith-Based Wellness Program engages several other stakeholders that impact community health, such as businesses, direct health service providers, decision makers, community organizations and other community partners. 
 
For general information on Healthy Works faith-based efforts, contact Hugo Salgado.