Novant Health Rowan’s Congregational Health Ministry Program is partnering with the Healthy Rowan Coalition to combat the rise in chronic disease with lifestyle programs.
Over the past 100 years, there has been a dramatic shift in the leading causes of death, with chronic diseases replacing infectious diseases (i.e. common cold).
In Rowan County and across the United States, cancer and heart disease continue to be the leading cause of death.
More than 80 percent of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer could be avoided through healthy lifestyle choices such as moving more and eating better.
The Healthy Rowan Coalition, a collaborative of organizations working together to improve the health of Rowan County, is excited to partner with Novant Health’s Congregational Health Ministry program to offer additional support and resources to address the rise in chronic disease through faith community programs.
Through this partnership, Novant Health Congregational Health Ministry will become the Healthy Rowan Congregational Health Ministry Program. Faith communities will receive guidance and support to build health ministries as well as health-related educational classes, programs and resources. Health Champions serving on their health ministry team will receive education and training to share with their congregations, focused on making and sustaining healthy lifestyle changes.
“We believe that communities of faith are the backbone of Rowan County and have the potential to reach many residents, especially those lacking access to crucial resources. They have a history of successful health promotion, providing spiritual support and serving as connectors to community resources such as food pantries, health care, and education opportunities,” said Alyssa Smith, Health Rowan executive director.
If you are a member of the faith community or a faith leader interested in learning more about the Healthy Rowan Congregational Health Ministry program, you are invited to one of two information sessions on the topic. The sessions will also create an opportunity for conversation around faith and health and the needs and interests of local faith communities.
Both sessions will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church Faith Center, 200 W. Innes St., Salisbury.
The first is set for Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 8: 30 a.m. and the second will be Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m.
RSVP by Friday, Sept. 27, if you plan to attend. To register, contact Jenn West at 704-787-1988 or email@example.com.