"Perceptions of Food, Faith and Health from a Christian Context: Preliminary Findings". Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health. September 29, 2020

Invited Talk

Faith communities (FCs) have effectively facilitated various food-related health interventions (e.g., exercise groups, nutrition education, food policy evaluation) for numerous food-related chronic health conditions (e.g., diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease). Many of these “faith-placed” interventions utilize the FC as a setting to target a specific population, while others integrate a “faith-based” structure that embeds religious/spiritual themes or activities into the intervention design. Existing research asserts “faith-based” designs serve an important role in intervention success and sustainability; however, it remains unclear which components of “faith-based” interventions have facilitated these observed positive health outcomes. To garner in-depth understanding of these essential components, this study aimed to parse out the multidimensional perceptions constructed around food, faith and health in a Christian context. These findings will result in a guiding conceptual model to advance intervention development and measurement of faith-based food-related heath interventions. The presenter, Kaitlyn C. Daly, R.N., B.S.N., is a current PhD graduate student at the Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina, USA. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with majors in Nursing and Theology & Religion from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA in 2017. Her clinical background as a licensed Registered Nurse includes working with individuals with eating disorders. Broadly, her research interests explore the intersection of food, faith and health. As a nurse scientist, she hopes to contribute unique knowledge to the growing field of Religion, Spirituality, and Health.

Service Performed By


  • September 29, 2020

Host Organization

  • Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health

Location or Venue

  • Webinar: Durham, NC