Churches United for Healthy Congregations

Improving health through faith and behavioral change

Links to Resources 

American Heart Association

Find out how to move, eat and live to improve your heart health. Learn about diseases that affect your heart and what you can do toprevent them. Be an advocate! Many resources are listed for how you can become involved.

Power to End Stroke

Power To End Stroke is an education and awareness campaign that embraces and celebrates the culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of Americans. It unites people to help make an impact on the high incidence of stroke within their communities. Power To End Stroke was created in 2006 by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to help reach the ASA mission to reduce stroke and risk of stroke. It was also meant to raise critical awareness within the African American population. Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for all people, but African Americans are at particularly high risk.

Add Fruits and Veggies to Your Diet!

Fruit and Veggies - More Matters!

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Want to add more fruits and veggies to your diet, but not sure about the right amount or how to make them yummy so your family will want to eat them? This web site gives you tips for shopping, making dinner at home for your family, entertaining, eating on the go...all with fruits and vegetables! No more excuses! These tips make it easy for even the busiest family to get healthy!

National Health Observances

National Health Observances

This is a great site to use for planning your events! All the national health observances are listed by month with information about each one. This is an "must have" for all health educators!

Find the Fun!

Find the Fun Now is a website suggesting activities that are fun to do, places that are fun to eat in, things that are fun to make...all in Pinellas County! The community supplies data on where, what time, budget preferences, what places are pet friendly. Find the Fun now aims to make it easier for everyone to access active fun and 'feel good foods'.

Healthy St. Pete

When Florida’s 67 counties were ranked using the model developed by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pinellas County ranked 33rd in Health Outcomes, Quality of Life and Length of Life. It also showed that the leading causes of death in Pinellas County are chronic diseases, including cancer – most prevalently lung cancer – as well as heart disease. Living healthy is a community-wide effort. We will examine ordinances and current policies to improve access to health care and nutritious food in our community. We will also educate the community on topics such as chronic disease prevention.

Attention Grant Writers!

HRSA Grants Technical Assistance Webpage

Grants Technical Assistance (TA) webpage is a one-stop-shop for potential grant applicants that is designed to help increase the number, quality and success of applicants. This newly developed site provides an array of useful TA information and resources that will be invaluable to those interested in Federal assistance. Applicants will find a message from Dr. Wakefield, webcasts, videos, guidance about application registration and submission requirements, funding opportunity announcement structure and content, tips for writing grant proposals, and more.

Grants Collaborative of Tampa Bay

Another good source that is local, with lots of helpful information for grant writing is the Grants Collaborative of Tampa Bay.

Intercultural Cancer Council

Intercultural Cancer Council

The ICC Cancer Fact Sheets were created because medically underserved populations, such as racial and ethnic minorities, experience disproportionately greater suffering and compromised health from cancer compared to the U.S. population as a whole. This is due in large part to delayed diagnosis coupled with less than appropriate patient care. In addition, individuals of all ethnic backgrounds who are poor, lack health insurance, or otherwise have inadequate access to quality cancer treatment experience higher cancer incidence, higher mortality rates, and poorer survival rates. As these special populations continue to grow at a rapid rate, they will as a whole become the majority population of our nation. This link will take you to fact sheets you can you in your faith based setting.

Body and Soul 

Body and Soul Website

Body & Soul in Motion is a wellness program for African American churches. It is a proven program that empowers church members to eat healthier and be more physically active for better health. There are four pillars that lead to the success of Body & Soul in Motion: 1. A pastor who is committed and involved. 2. Church activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. 3. A church environment that supports healthy eating. 4. Church activities that promote physical fitness.

African Heritage Diet Resources

This great website is dedicated to good health! The African Heritage Diet is a way of eating based on the healthy traditional diets of people with African roots. There is also a newsletter you can subscribe to. Each edition of the Quarterly will share new African Heritage & Health program updates, recipes, and health studies, and celebrates the healthy, delicious foods of African heritage.

Consumer Protection 

Pinellas County Consumer Protection

Lots of good information for consumers who have been taken advantage of. Look up businesses, file complaints, learn about your rights as a consumer.

Drugwatch is a comprehensive resource about dangerous side effects and complications from commonly prescribed drugs and oft-used medical devices. Our mission is to educate people about medications they take and the devices that are in their bodies and then to provide resources to help people evaluate whether they have a legal case because of life-changing side effects or complications. is updated constantly with new information about research breakthroughs, clinical trials, recalls and warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By making you aware of the risks of certain medications and medical devices, we give you a better chance for quality of life and survival.

Consumer Dangers

Across the world, death and serious injuries occur from Consumer Products all too often. This site is dedicated to help raise awareness to these products that we hope will decrease the amount of these tragedies. Education is the key to consumer protection and we hope to be the best resource available. Learn more by clicking on the link.

Aging and Adult Services

Aging and Disability Resource Center

Contact our Helpline at 1-800-963-5337. Calling from outside the area: 727-217-8111 8 AM to 5 PM. Provides access to information and resources for many services for the aging population. This is a program of the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco and Pinellas.

Community Resources 

Pinellas Healthy Start Resource Manual

This handy resource guides lists about every local helping agency you can think of. A great resource to have in your church for those who need support. You can down load it from the website for hard copies. When you get to the web page, scroll down to get resource guide in English or Spanish.

Sistahs of Compassion

Dedicated to Providing: Compassionate Emotional, Spiritual and Moral Support to Cancer Patients, Survivors and their Loved ones, Free of Charge! Join us for uplift, fun, support and helpful information at our meetings held monthly on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Dwight Jones Community Center located in Methodist-town Neighborhood of Saint Petersburg, 1035 Burlington Avenue N. 5:30pm- 6:45pm. See you there and don't forget to bring a friend or family member... Do you need a ride? Please give us a call! 727 362-8935

211 Connects Service Site

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares is a non-profit organization that provides the only free, confidential, multi-lingual, 24-hour dialing code ??¢?? 2-1-1 - for access to community information, services and resources for the residents of Pinellas and Hernando Counties. Every hour of every day, hundreds of people are in need of essential human services - they are looking for employment, food for their family, help for an aging parent, addiction prevention programs for their teenage children, a place to stay for the night, affordable child care options, support groups and ways of becoming part of their community. 2-1-1 provides a one-stop service for this vital information and enables people to get assistance before they give up by providing someone to talk to and someone to listen.

Office of Minority Health - Florida Department of Health

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) was established in 2004 by the Legislature 20.43 (9), Florida Statutes to serve as the coordinating office within the Department of Health for consultative services and training in the areas of cultural and linguistic competency, coordination, partnership building, program development and implementation, and other related comprehensive efforts to address the heath needs of Florida's minority and underrepresented populations statewide.

USA.Gov can help you determine which types of government assistance you might qualify for by category, or by your state, and will include information for how and where to apply. This website also features a tool called "Benefits Finder" which will take you to a series of questions to determine your eligibility for various benefits. According to the answers you provide to those questions, you will be matched to benefits you may qualify for. If you're looking for immediate help, your state's human service or social service agency might also be able to provide financial assistance or refer you to local community organizations.

Rehab Center Portal is the Webs most comprehensive guide to quality rehab centers and addiction treatment. We offer free and confidential information about the many effective and empowering rehab options available today. United-states-drug-and-alcohol-rehab-centers At, you can read our library of educational articles on recovering from alcohol and drug abuse and many treatment and support options

Mesothelioma Resources 

Mesothelioma Resource Online is dedicated to helping mesothelioma victims and their families. Our Free Mesothelioma Guide will help you understand your diagnosis with information about: 1) Top doctors around the country 2) Treatment options for living longer 3) Clinical Trials

Senior Living 

Common In-Home Injuries and How to Prevent Them

As we age, we strive to keep the independence we gained throughout our lives. This is no easy task. Bodies become worn and weakening from years of use. Our brains are full of a lifetime of experiences and information, causing our cognitive functions to slow. Illness and injury, be it temporary or terminal, seem to find us more often than others.

Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.4 million Americans, about 5.2 million of which are 65 and older. It can be your grandparent, your cousin, your sibling or even your parent who faces the diagnosis. Eventually, those with Alzheimer’s require round-the-clock care, and for many families, that means taking the loved one into their own home.  Alzheimer’s disease has unique symptoms and traits, so it’s likely that your home will need some modifications in order to create the best environment for your loved one. This guide will cover all the adjustments you should consider making room by room, with tips on creating both the safest surroundings and the most secure environment.

Gardening As A Senior

Gardening is a great outdoor activity for people of all ages, especially seniors. Not only does it have lots of benefits for your physical health, it’s also great at improving your mental health.

Practicing gardening regularly can maintain flexibility and mobility, stave off conditions like osteoporosis and relieve things like stress and depression, plus it can reward you with some lovely home-grown fruits and vegetables to eat!

Though it may seem like quite an easy job, there’s still a fair bit of physical activity involved, which is why it’s important for seniors to take a few extra precautions when gardening.

Fire Safety For Elders With Special Needs

Decreased mobility, sight, hearing or cognitive capabilities may limit a person's ability to take the quick action necessary to escape during a fire emergency. People over the age of 65 are twice as likely to suffer injuries or lose their lives in fires compared to the population-at-large, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If your elderly loved one has Alzheimer's or dementia, problems with mobility, or is vision or hearing impaired, there are certain precautions that need to be taken in the event of a house fire. These precautions go above and beyond the traditional fire safety guidelines for all families. Here are some fire safety tips for elderly people with special needs, provided by the U.S. Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.