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Faith-based agencies receive cancer mini-grants

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC), along with local partners, including the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, recently awarded $17,000 in grants to various faith-based organizations in the region, officials with the Cancer Coalition have announced.

The mini-grants were awarded as part of the "Prevention Strategies That Work" program funded through the EPRC Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network.

The recipients were five organizations located in Albany, Pelham, Sparks and Valdosta.

The purpose behind the grants, officials say, will be for the organizations receiving them to make healthy choices the easier choices for those they serve. Toward that end, the sites are expected to implement "proven and promising" strategies for nutrition, physical activity and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.

The recipients were Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Albany, House of Grace in Sparks, New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church in Albany, Serenity Christian Church in Valdosta and Union Grove Baptist Church in Pelham.

The changes they implement may include offering healthy foods and beverages at events, limiting unhealthy food options, promoting use of places to exercise and implementing tobacco-free policies at organizational events, officials say.

"....Through the mini-grant 'Prevention Strategies that Work,' we have established primary goals to implement comprehensive smoke-free policies (indoor & outdoor) throughout the church campus and healthy eating initiatives," a statement provided by New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church said. "The vision for implementation of this grant is to have churches and communities working together in order to overcome the burden of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and lung cancer that disproportionately plague our community. Since there is a high prevalence of these chronic diseases in our community, the need is great.

"We can better serve our church and community by integrating the proposed strategies into the lives of the community we serve...."

Each recipient organization received between $1,000-$4,000 for expenses over the course of a year, and will also receive staff assistance from Emory to change their settings and organizational policies.

"The Emory Prevention Research Center is excited to partner with such enthusiastic faith-based organizations with volunteers dedicated to changing their community settings to promote healthy lifestyles," Dr. Michelle Kegler, director of the EPRC, said in a news release. "Since 2006, we have offered over $94,000 to more than 20 community organizations.

"We have learned so much from these communities about the real life issues of promoting health, and we hope they have also benefited from our collaborations to serve their communities."

The program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 1 month ago

More free money!! Check out those fine luxury import cars that them preachers be rolling up in!!

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RedEric 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't like being lied to and I don't like being cheated. This government is doing both to retired people who paid in to SS all their lives while throwing money around to buy votes. This government who promised they would never take more than 1% of your income through the IRS. This government who promised your investment in SS would always keep up with inflation in payouts at a minimum. Vote buying is a far more important use of our money than honoring promises.

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southwestga 1 year, 1 month ago

Gosh, it's hard to be against using a very small amount of money to encourage large groups of churchgoers to reform their unhealthy habits. Changing their behaviors will likely lead others to do the same. All those people will be healthier and thus reduce healthcare costs. Ruby and Eric, what have you done for humanity lately?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 1 month ago

You should not have to pay people to be wise about their diets and lifestyle practices. There's info EVERYWHERE about it including PSAs on the radio and blahblahblah.gov web sites to educate people. It's just throwing away money aka "spreading the wealth around a lil bit" (Quote from B. Obama)

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VSU 1 year, 1 month ago

Paying people to lose weight, exercise and eat healthier and don't smoke is some of the things they should do anyway. What's nexct? Paying people to use the restroom or take a bath?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 1 month ago

I had Baked Lays with my 9-grain wheat bread sandwich at lunch. WHERE'S MY CHECK??

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Ihope4albany 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you The Emory Prevention Research Center. Albany, GA is a place of many strongholds that must come down. Health is one of the major ways that people become compromised when there is inequity and injustice. Look at the hidden famine in North Korea last year, where parents were eating their children and the dead.

I hope that you have oil in your lamps and bring some fruit too! The path that God is leading Albany on is dark from the past, but the light is near to come.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 1 month ago

Where's my check? I hope it's a BIG ONE!! I'd like to buy a luxury import vehicle to ride to church in on Sunday and impress my friends. It just needs a powered wheelchair platform attachment for the back.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 1 month ago

How do these grants get notified about? Do the organizations contact them or the other way around? And is there any accounting for them? Similar to DCSS giving the Saturday School a lot of money and no one knew until it was a done deal. Those folks know how to eat, they just do not care. Bring it on. As long as TV has all the junk food to tempt folks, they will never stop it. It will be free meals and they will come.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 1 month ago

One more thing, cancer is not determined on the way you eat. Eating is a very small factor. If you do not have the cancer gene, you will never get cancer. The two skinnest folks in my family got cancer. It came from the gene and not much you can control about that.

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alleebrin 1 year, 1 month ago

Check it out and I think you will find that cancer cells are in everybody's system - it's just a matter of a strong enough immune system to handle them, i.e., healthy diet and exercise! Some people seem to wrap their minds around something that fits with their own chosen lifestyle.

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mr_nobody 1 year, 1 month ago

If churches taught stewardship of the body as they should, grants like this would be irrelevant. $17k in grants divided up among 5 churches comes out to just over 3k per grant. Hopefully they will make a deliberate effort to involve their neighborhoods and communities. I still can't get past the wreaking stench of this, though. But at least it appears it's private money and not Albany's tax dollars at work.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 1 month ago

According to the article "The program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute", I'd be willing to be quite a bit of money that there is plenty of federal tax dollars at work supporting this handout...er......program.

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southwestga 1 year, 1 month ago

Umm, are there any heavy people in your church? Does the church have ridiculously unhealthy dinners? Jesus was not a glutton. Churches shouldn't have to be encouraged to do the right things for their parishioners, but apparently they do.

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tccvc 1 year, 1 month ago

Emory University is a private research university, if they want give a grant for whatever, they can. If its not money out of your pocket why are you concerned.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 1 month ago

Hello? Did you read According to the article "The program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute", I'd be willing to be quite a bit of money that there is plenty of federal tax dollars at work supporting this handout...er......program.

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southwestga 1 year, 1 month ago

There's nothing stopping any and all churches from following these ideas. Seriously, why don't you bring it up to the pastor or your Sunday School class? I'd like to think that most churches are already smoke free, but there is a lot of room for reflection and progress re the healthy eating in most churches.

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