Body and Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living Program

The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation (FLHCF) utilizes the National Cancer Institute wellness program titled “Body and Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living," which is developed for African American churches. Workshop and outreach activities are designed by the FLHCF to increase participants’ knowledge level of the basic food fundamentals related to healthy eating, the relationship of fat intake to cancer and overweight, and the consequences of sedentary lifestyle.  The activities focus on nutrition and healthy living as it relates to obesity as one of the risk factors for cancer and other co-morbidity diseases.

The Body and Soul program is designed to inspire church leaders and congregation members to adopt nutritious food practice by eating 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day for better health. Those churches that embrace Body and Soul will help their members take care of their bodies as well as their spirits. Body and Soul works by combining: pastoral leadership; educational activities that promote healthy eating; a church environment that supports healthy eating; and peer counseling.