African Americans have increased rates of overweight and obesity and are least likely to participate in family meals compared with other racial groups. A Family Meal Challenge (FMC) was developed with the objective of empowering individuals to eat healthy meals together as a family. The FMC was presented through four classes in three churches, two faith-based ministries, and two community service programs in health disparity zip codes. Surveys (N = 257) indicated a positive response. Engaging participants and teaching the benefits of eating healthy family meals in a faith-based environment are feasible and may increase the frequency of family meals. Information is provided to create and implement an FMC in any faith setting.
Sharon M. Fruh, PhD, FNP-BC, is a professor at the University of South Alabama, College of Nursing, Mobile and associate dean for research, evaluation, and development. Her research focuses on obesity and family meals.
Madhuri S. Mulekar, PhD, is chair and professor of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of South Alabama.
Errol Crook, MD, is director for the Center for Healthy Communities; professor and Abraham Mitchell Chair for Internal Medicine at the University of South Alabama.
Heather R. Hall, PhD, NNP, RNC, is a professor and interim dean at the University of South Alabama, College of Nursing.
James Adams, MS, is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of South Alabama.
Trey Lemley, MLIS, JD, AHIP(D), is an information services librarian at the University of South Alabama Biomedical Library.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Accepted by peer-review 7/24/2017.