Topics: Wellness/ health promotion/ disease prevention

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Over Tea, South Carolina Girls Learn about Healthy Decisions

Tea Time with Teens participants enjoying tea


Tea Time with Teens is a South Carolina program that taps into the area’s traditions to lower the teen pregnancy rate. While bonding over tea with the women of the community, girls learn how to make healthy decisions and become more confident, capable leaders.

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January 25, 2017

Chuuk Women’s Council Empowers Micronesian Women to be Healthcare Leaders

Kiki Stinnett and family


Women in Chuuk, Micronesia, often serve as caregivers for their families and communities. But without a formal education, many women can’t move beyond their immediate environments. The Chuuk Women’s Council provides education and training for Micronesian women, empowering them to become leaders in health.

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November 2, 2016

Change from the Inside Out: Ohio Wellness Program Inspires Healthy Bodies Through Healthy Minds

Dr. McKnight teaching the Fit for Life course


A unique wellness program in rural Ohio has impacted nearly 2,000 adults. Participants of Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Fit for Life program have reversed their diabetes, lowered cholesterol, lost weight, and are even sleeping better. The secret lies in Dr. Timothy McKnight’s curriculum that centers around a change of mindset to spur long-term physical health.

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August 24, 2016

Building Rural Environments for Active Living

Complete Street example with pedestrian path


Built environments significantly influence community health and individual behaviors of physical activity. Rural communities may face infrastructure barriers to active living, but a little innovation can get an entire town moving.

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July 27, 2016

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child through CATCH

CATCH student Brianna Hale with CATCH character


Across the nation, 11,000 sites are using The Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH), the most widespread coordinated school health program in the world. This article focuses on one Illinois region that has engaged 76% of their elementary schools in healthy eating and physical activity through CATCH.

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April 13, 2016

Foundation’s Place-Based Initiative Focuses on Community Needs

Jehan Benton-Clark, a senior program officer of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, speaking with leaders in Halifax County


The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is shaking things up in rural philanthropic giving, engaging local residents and organizations to improve health outcomes through place-based grants targeted at financially disadvantaged counties.

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November 10, 2015

Bad News, Good News

An early childhood education intervention project in North Carolina is proving to have long-term health benefits for some of the participants 30 years later.

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May 15, 2014

The Limits of Medical Care

We need new approaches to keeping people healthy, instead of trying to heal them after they get sick.

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November 18, 2013