The Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More Program (FFESMM)
Promotes healthy eating and physical
activity in communities of faith. Offers families simple solutions to
help them eat smart and move more. Eating smart and moving more does not
have to be difficult. This program provides families with the skills to be able
to eat more meals at home, and move more in their everyday routine.
What Is Eating Smart? The food we eat affects our physical and mental well-being. It is the fuel that keeps our bodies going. A healthy eating pattern can help prevent chronic diseases and conditions including obesity, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis, and depression. Also, a balanced diet combined with physical activity helps achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Making healthy food choices does not need to be hard!
What Is Moving More? Physical activity helps enhance the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. People who participate in moderate physical activity on most days of the week are at a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and colon cancer. Physical activity also reduces heart disease risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and overweight. Physical activity can also protect against stroke. It helps build a healthier body by strengthening bones, muscles and joints, aids in reducing depression and anxiety, enhances the response of the immune system, and reduces falls among older adults. Physical activity doesn’t need to be hard! People of all ages can benefit from participating in regular, moderate-intensity physical activity, such as 30 minutes of brisk walking, five days of the week.