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Moving Together in Faith and Health receives national recognition

For Immediate Release
Date: February 28, 2012
By: Ashley Wiggin, Communications and Marketing Officer, 206-221-2456, aaw4@uw.edu

Moving together in Faith and Health, a grant funded to bring together church communities and healthy eating, has received two recent national recognitions. Doris Boutain, Associate Professor, PCH is the grant PI and has led the project into the national eye through her work in creating and supporting healthy communities through local churches.

Boutain and her team were recognized by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work project, alongside 18 local individuals and organizations who are tirelessly working to address health inequities and improve the community’s health. Boutain’s groundbreaking work with six Seattle church congregations has resulted in healthier church environments.  Through this grant, all of the churches incorporated their own policies which increase fresh fruits, vegetables, water and physical activity at church events involving children and youth. Boutain was also recognized at the National CPPW meeting in Atlanta for her vision and work on Moving Together in Faith and Health. You can read the full press release from King County Public Health here.

The grant project was also recently featured on the National Let's Move Blog, inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's health initiative. The First Lady also sent a congratulatory letter recognizing the efforts to create a healthier community. Check out the blog here.

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