What is Body & Soul?
a proven health program developed for African American churches that
empowers church members to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables
for better health and get more physical activity. Churches that embrace Body & Soul help their
members take care of their bodies as well as their spirits.
Why Body & Soul?
African Americans are at higher risk for many diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and many types of
cancer. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables
can help lower the risk for these illnesses.
How Does Body and Soul Work?
Church members customize and run Body & Soul to fit the
needs of their church and draw upon the many talents of church members.
What are the benefits of Body & Soul?
Congregations embrace and celebrate good
health through healthy eating. By implementing Body & Soul, your congregation
can help meet its health ministry goals:
What Your Congregation Receives?
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Faith Community Nursing (FCN) Service:
FCN is the specialized practice of professional nursing focusing on
care of the spirit as part of promoting holistic health and
preventing or minimizing illness. AARTH collaborates with nursing/health
organizations and institutions to engage licensed, active, retired and student
nurses in providing services.
- Healthy Congregations Project: AARTH partners with faith
houses to provide services that emphasize faith in action through healthy
- Power To Live Smart – A prevention and wellness program
developed for African American churches that provide the resources to
educate members about prevention of strokes and heart attacks. Churches
receive peer education training and materials.
- Body & Soul –
A wellness program developed for African American churches that provide the
resources to educate members. Churches receive peer education training,
educational materials, cook books and videos on nutrition and healthy
Helpful Web Sites:
Health Ministries Association
White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood
Pastor’s Guidebook-HIV/ AIDS