Take Control: Empowering Health at the Filling Station in Pollocksville

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In the heart of Pollocksville, North Carolina, amid the bustling life of the community, there’s a quiet revolution taking place at a food pantry: The Filling Station. Here, amidst the shelves of food and the warmth of community support, a program called Take Control made waves, offering a beacon of hope and empowerment for those striving to manage their health and prevent chronic diseases.

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Take Control isn’t your typical health program. It’s an 8-session journey designed to equip adults with the tools they need to take charge of their well-being. Developed by a team of health experts including Linda Minges, Nicolle Miller, Carolyn Dunn, Lindsay Goolsby, and Gretchen Hofing, Take Control goes beyond mere information dissemination. It’s a comprehensive approach that informs, empowers, and motivates participants to transform their eating and physical activity patterns for the better.

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At the core of Take Control is education. Each session delves into various aspects of healthy living, covering topics such as nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle choices that can have a profound impact on health. But education alone isn’t enough. Take Control understands the importance of practical application. That’s why every session features a basic cooking demonstration, showcasing simple yet delicious recipes that embody the principles of healthy eating.

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But Take Control isn’t just about learning recipes; it’s about instilling lasting habits. Throughout the program, participants are encouraged to set personal goals and track their progress towards healthier eating and physical activity behaviors. Armed with knowledge and supported by a community of peers, they embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

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One of the key strengths of Take Control is its accessibility. Held at The Filling Station Food Pantry, the program brings health education directly to the community, making it convenient and inclusive for all. Whether you’re picking up groceries or seeking support, you can also take a step towards a healthier lifestyle.

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The impact of Take Control extends far beyond the confines of its sessions. Through pre- and post-behavior surveys, the program evaluates its effectiveness, ensuring that it remains responsive to the needs of the community. But perhaps the true measure of its success lies in the stories of its participants—individuals who have reclaimed their health, gained confidence, and forged lifelong habits that will serve them well for years to come.

In a world where chronic diseases loom large, Take Control offers a ray of hope—a testament to the power of education, empowerment, and community support. As the program continues to thrive at The Filling Station Food Pantry in Pollocksville and beyond, it serves as a reminder that when it comes to our health, we all have the power to take control.

For questions please contact Sarah Ware at 252-448-9621 or Sarah_Ware@ncsu.edu