Eat Healthy Be Active Program, supported by Amerigroup Foundation

 Community Affairs and Resource Center (CARC) has been awarded a grant from the Amerigroup Foundation to expand our “Eat Healthy – Be Active” program in Monmouth and Ocean counties, with the goal of reducing childhood obesity. The program consists of six weekly workshops, where family members are enrolled to learn about healthy eating and the importance of physical activity.


The six workshops are addressing the following topics:

  • Workshop 1: Enjoy healthy food that tastes great.

Introduction of the My Plate model – learn which food to increase and which food to decrease

  • Workshop 2: Quick, healthy meals and snacks

Preparation of healthy meals and snacks

  • Workshop 3: Eating healthy on a budget

Learn tips on how to plan, purchase and prepare food to stay on budget

  • Workshop 4: Tips for losing weight and keeping it off

Learn about Body Mass Index, calories and ways to lose weight by eating healthy

  • Workshop 5: Making healthy eating part of your total lifestyle

Learn how to read nutrition labels

  • Workshop 6: Physical activity is the key to living well

Demonstration of physical activities, incl. muscular strengthening exercises and e.g zumba


The Amerigroup Foundation, a subsidiary under Anthem Foundation, promotes an inherent commitment of Anthem, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in the community. The Amerigroup Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions of: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation.


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Community Health Disparity Prevention Program (Eat Healthy Be Active), supported by NJ Department of Health

The NJ Department of Health, Office of Minority and Multicultural Health’s Community Health Disparity Prevention Program has for three years supported CARC in implementing an anti-obesity program called “Eat Healthy – Be Active“  which is designed to engage the minority populations in the community and bring awareness to prevalent health concerns, specifically obesity. The workshop series consist of eight weekly, one hour workshops, focusing on the principles of the “MyPlate” model. There is also an emphasis on how a healthy diet needs to be combined with physical activity, to prevent obesity as well as other long term diseases.

Six of the eight workshops focus specifically on how to change a person’s diet according to the “MyPlate” model, including a cooking class where participants will try healthy recipes. Throughout the series participants are also introduced to healthier snacks, tasting etc. to inspire them to change their diet.

Even though physical activity is addressed throughout the program, two of the workshops specifically focus on physical activities where the participants learn easy ways to exercise at home without having to join a gym. An entire class is also dedicated to an activity, such as a Zumba class, to inspire further activity.