Health Care Justice
• If One Is Ill, Then All Are Not Well: Preserving the Dignity of Health Care for All
Response to questions about UCC support for the Affordable Care Act following the Supreme Court Decision upholding the legislation by Barbara Baylor, Minister for Health Care Justice. Download.
• Childhood Obesity
More than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S. are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic. While obesity rates have soared among all age groups in this country, obesity is a particularly grave concern for children.
Childhood obesity puts nearly one third of America's children at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.
- National Childhood Obesity Month toolkit - Download
- “We Can”: Resource for parents – ways to enhance children's activity and nutrition
- Let's Move
- Presidential proclamation
• Become an official partner of the Let’s Move campaign!
As part of the UCC’s continued participation in the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign we invite our conferences, associations, local churches, clergy, pastors and lay leaders to sign on as partners through the Let's Move! Faith and Communities website. Signing makes you an official partner in a growing movement that believes that any differences that exist among us pale in comparison to our common commitment and mission to protect and promote the health of children. Will you please take 5 minutes and sign on now?
• Supreme Court Arguments Relative to the Legal Merits of the Affordable Care Act
On Monday, March 26, 2012, the United Church of Christ joined other ecumenical and interfaith organizations in solidarity at the steps of the United States Supreme Court to pray and call on the Supreme Court to act with moral conviction on behalf of the common good as they hear arguments relative to health care for all.
The United Church of Christ believes that the Affordable Care Act is a huge step in the right direction to providing much needed health care for millions who continue to live their lives without it and in fear that one catastrophic illness would plunge them into deep financial ruin. We participated in the prayerful witness because we believe that the law itself and the expansion of Medicaid included in the Affordable Care Act both speak to the moral and justice imperatives of equal access for all.
Learn much more about this important issue and our faithful witness at the Supreme Court.
Let's Move UCC
- Healthy Eating Cookbook Project
The UCC Council on Racial and Ethnic Ministries (COREM) Health Table is sponsoring a cookbook project featuring healthy recipes for families in the United Church of Christ. It will feature your favorite recipes in their traditional form and offer a modified healthy version. Submit your recipes!
- Let's Move Faithfully Walking Challenge
As a part of her initiative to reduce obesity in children, First Lady Michelle Obama has issued a challenge to faith and community organizations to get members walking a collective three million miles across the nation. UCC participants took up the call and walked 258,596.36 miles! Thank you for your work!
- Plan an Instant Recess in you congregation!
“Instant Recess” is a 10-minute break, like a coffee break but healthier. The session can be instituted wherever people gather: day care centers, schools, workplaces, conferences, places of worship, senior centers, etc. Plan one for your congregation on Let's Move Sunday!
Just Eating? Lenten Curriculum
After the overwhelming, positive response to Mission 1, the Collegium invites and encourages all conferences, associations and congregations to participate and engage in dialogue and discussion during the Lenten Season using the Just Eating Curriculum. This wonderful curriculum calls us to integrate the commitments and practices of our faith into the way we eat. We think it will be a great enhancement to your work around food justice and sustainability issues. We look forward to hearing about your Lenten experiences using this curriculum