Body & Soul

A Celebration of Healthy Living and Eating, Body & Soul (B&S) is an evidence-based program developed by the National Cancer Institute in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Michigan.

The goal of B&S is to improve the health of members in faith-based organizations by increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption. The original B&S program was designed for implementation in African American churches and is being adapted to meet the demographics and diversity of New Jersey’s 21 counties – specifically Atlantic and Cape May.

B&S is comprised of 4 pillars:

  1. A pastor or representative from the house of worship who is committed and involved
  2. Church activities that promote healthy eating
  3. A church environment that promotes healthy eating
  4. Peer counseling that motivates church members to eat a healthful diet

The B&S program focuses on topics such as increasing vegetable & fruit consumption and educating members about sodium, fat, calcium, sugar-sweetened beverages, whole grains, and the importance of physical activity.

A Bit About the Coalition

Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health is a regional chronic disease prevention coalition funded by the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Cancer Control and Prevention. Our purpose is to reduce the state's cancer burden and improve health outcomes for people with, or at risk for, cancer and other chronic diseases in Atlantic and Cape may counties. For more information on comprehensive cancer control, visit www.njcancer.gov. Shore Medical Center is the lead agency for Atlantic and Cape May counties. The CACH is working on a variety of projects to improve our community's health. You can help by becoming involved by being a member or volunteer. Anyone interested should call 609-653-3923.