We Have Trained Churches in Fairfield County and Churches in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist in the FAN Program!

Future FAN Church Trainings


We are currently accepting online FAN Church Interest Forms for churches of any denomination who would like to be trained in FAN.

Complete your interest form: FAN Interest Form.

Please contact Jessica Stucker (see contact information below) if you would like more information about FAN or future trainings.

Current Status of FAN

Community health advisors are currently working with United Methodist churches trained in May and April of 2017 as well as with churches in Fairfield County trained in 2016 to help them put FAN into place in their congregations.

What is FAN?

The Fairfield Community Coordinating Council and the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church partnered with the Prevention Research Center at the University of South Carolina Columbia to offer "Faith, Activity, and Nutrition," or FAN.

FAN is a faith-based program that works to create a healthy church environment. It is free and open to all churches in the Conference!

FAN is not an exercise program or a cooking class. Instead, FAN helps churches create a healthy church environment for physical activity and healthy eating by training church committees to:

  • Increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in the church setting (tasty, healthy meals & snacks for church events)
  • Create healthy church guidelines (policies)
  • Keep the Pastor engaged and excited about FAN goals, and support the Pastor’s health
  • Get health messages out to church members through familiar church channels (bulletin inserts, announcements, messages in worship service)

This approach allows churches to reach all members of their congregation, and churches might even choose to put some activities in place that can help their larger communities grow in health. It is highly complementary to the UMC’s new Global Ministries initiative, Abundant Health.

Church spotlights

Every month we spotlight a church that is doing FANtastic work in putting the FAN program into place. For these spotlights, USC PRC staff interview the FAN Coordinator and then write a one-page story of their current activities. We hope you enjoy reading about the successes that these churches have had!

Have questions?

We are happy to answer your questions about FAN and future trainings. Please contact Jessica Stucker, FAN Project Coordinator, by email (jstucker@mailbox.sc.edu) or phone (803-576-5992). Or complete your interest from: FAN Interest Form.

 

May you “prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” 
III John 1:2 (NKJV)