Healthy Living Tools for Places of Faith

Places of Faith

Places of faith are important, enduring and trusted institutions in our community.  The Southern Nevada Health District works with places of faith throughout Southern Nevada to plan and implement programs and policies to support the health of the community.  Several of these programs and resources are listed below.  If you are a faith leader and interested in working with us to improve the health of your congregation, please contact us at gethealthy@snhd.org.

Additional Resources

In collaboration with the Southern Nevada faith community, we’ve developed several free downloads for faith organizations:

Professionally designed posters on the topics of heart disease, breast cancer and prostate cancer are free to print and display in your place of faith. Click below to download.

Comunidad en Acción

Comunidad en Acción is a 5-month program with monthly workshops taught by trained, bilingual promotoras. The program is designed to be delivered in Spanish to Latino parishioners in a church setting. Each workshop focuses on healthy eating and physical activity. Each month participants will receive a check-in call or text to support and assist them in meeting the healthy eating and physical activity goals they set during the workshop. Additional support is provided by assessing the church environment and identifying opportunities to improve physical activity and nutrition.

Comunidad en Acción has been implemented in 2 churches, International Church of Las Vegas and Truth Christian Ministries International, supported by Southern Nevada Health District and delivered b
y promotoras from Visión y Compromiso.

If you would like to know more or bring Comunidad en Acción to your congregation, contact Carlos Ayala at (702) 759-1276 or ayala@snhd.org.

Body & Soul

Body & Soul is a program developed specifically for African American churches that encourages healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables. The program works by combining pastoral leadership, church-wide activities, a supportive environment, and peer counseling to promote good nutrition and healthy living among parishioners.

Supported by the Southern Nevada Health District, Body & Soul is implemented locally by Education for Quality Living (EQL) in partnership with the First African Methodist Episcopal church (FAME), which serves as the regional training site for the Body & Soul program.

Want to get involved? Visit the Body & Soul website for more information.

Healthy Fellowship Guide

The environments in which we live and work influence many of the health choices we make. Places of faith can also be powerful sources of support and guidance in making positive, mindful decisions about health and well-being.

We created the Healthy Fellowship Guide to help faith-based organizations such as yours adopt and implement programs and environmental changes that support healthy eating and physical activity.

As a faith community member, you are the expert in knowing your members’ needs, how your congregation works, and how to generate enthusiasm among your followers. We hope this guide gives you the tools you need to empower your members to live healthier every day.

Get the Guide (PDF)