Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address one of the nation’s leading public health threats—childhood obesity. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices. Founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, the Alliance works to positively affect the places that can make a difference in a child’s health: homes, schools, doctor’s offices, and communities. 

RAINN - Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
RAINN - Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More Program
Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More Program

The Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More Program (Faithful Families) promotes healthy eating and physical activity in communities of faith. Resources for the program include a 9-session Faithful Families curriculum and the Eating Smart and Moving More Planning Guide for Faith Communities. The Faithful Families curriculum is co-taught by nutrition and physical activity educators and trained lay leaders from faith communities in small group sessions. Lay Leaders bring the spiritual elements into each session, through discussion questions and “Thinking it Through” prompts in each lesson.

Mental Health America
Mental Health America

MHA, the leading advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects nationwide, works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans. With nearly a century of experience, MHA has an established record of effective national and grassroots actions that promote mental health, and address mental and substance use issues with compassionate and concrete solutions. MHA’s actions inform, support and enable mental wellness, and emphasize recovery from mental illness. Our 240 affiliates in 41 states represent a potent voice for healthy communities throughout the nation.

filed under Secular     tags Mental Health
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institute of Mental Health

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.

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AutismNOW
AutismNOW

Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center, a dynamic and interactive, highly visible and effective central point of quality resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, and other targeted key stakeholders.

filed under Secular     tags Autism, Disability
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Center for Victims of Crime

The National Center is an advocacy organization committed to -- and working on behalf of -- crime victims and their families. Rather than focus the entire organization's work on one type of crime or victim, the National Center addresses all types of crime.

filed under Secular, Guides/Toolkits     tags Crime, Violence, Grief, Healing
American College of Sports Medicine
American College of Sports Medicine

ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. With more than 45,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

The site contains numerous group of diverse fact sheets ranging from Dehydration and Aging to Cocaine Abuse in Sports

filed under Secular, Handouts     tags Healthy Weight, Exercise, Walking
Mental Health Ministries
Mental Health Ministries

This site has lots of resources for congregations and clergy to help them address mental health needs. There are a number of resources that can be downloaded as well as materials to purchase. The coordinator is a United Methodist minister, but the resources work well with most denominations. There is an electronic newsletter.

filed under Interfaith, Guides/Toolkits     tags Mental Health
Dark Christmas/Advent Service
Dark Christmas/Advent Service
During a season of the year when people are expected to be joyous and happy, grief, loss, and depression are often greater than the joy expected during the holidays. This service helps to acknowledge sadness and concerns and offer them to God in a worship setting.