Healthy Bodies, Healthy Souls


Joel Gittelsohn,
Principal Investigator

Harmony Farner
Project Coordinator

Intervention Materials


Healthy Bodies, Healthy Souls is a church-based diabetes prevention program. It was funded by the American Diabetes Association and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.


  • The Healthy Bodies, Healthy Souls program aims to reduce diabetes risk among urban African
    Americans by creating healthy food and physical activity environments within churches.
  • Participant engagement supports the development of applicable intervention strategies by
    identifying priority concerns, resources, and opportunities.
  • Compare the impact of Healthy Bodies, Healthy Souls and Project POWER together with the impact of Project POWER alone.
    • The American Diabetes Association’s Project POWER (PP) is a faith-based program targeting the African American community.

Project Features:

HBHS is a church-based diabetes prevention program that includes a five-phase weekly intervention. Healthier beverages, desserts, cooking, eating out, and physical activity were promoted through culturally acceptable materials and interactive sessions.

Interventions included:

      •  Print media (such as posters, handouts, and bulletins)
      • Interactive sessions
      • Taste tests
      • Pedometer challenge
      • Testimonials
      • Health assessments
      • Educational sessions
      • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
      • Giveaways
      • Project POWER

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