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Lead Better Lives; Be Work and Career Ready; Build Strong Families; Make Meaningful Contributions to Our Communities

Alabama Extension offers educational programs to help Alabamians be healthy, financially secure, and improve family relations. Our research-based information offers a variety of topics to include nutrition, diet, health and wellness, financial literacy, workforce development education, and family and fatherhood relationships. These quality-of-life programs are offered virtually and when possible, in person. Our education opportunities, most of which are free, build healthy people, strong families, and elevate communities. These efforts are affiliated with Human Sciences Extension in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Human Nutrition, Diet, and Health

Health and Wellness

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) is essential for people with pre-diabetes, diabetes, and care providers to obtain knowledge and skills necessary to reduce complications resulting from diabetes. After six weekly lessons, you should better understand the importance of glucose self-monitoring, management of A1C levels, healthy meal planning, daily foot and skin care, and regular physical activity. Auburn University on CEUs are available (8 contact hours). t Education Program (DEEP)

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) Train-the-Trainer is an in-depth, 3-day training for passionate community members who want to be trained in diabetes education and management. Upon completion, the trainer is a certified DEEP educator. As certified trainers, people can give back to their communities and work with people with diabetes or diabetes and care providers. By extending the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce complications resulting from diabetes, the trainers provide a valuable service to members of their communities. The cost is $100 per trainer and valid for 3 years. Auburn University CEUs are available (2.0 CEUs or 20 contact hours).

Right Bite: Setting the Table for Healthy Eating is a fun way for adults and teens to discover how to make tasty changes to their diet and make easy changes to their physical activity. Right Bite can be taught as a four-lesson series or single programs. Lessons can be customized with (1) being your best while eating on the run, (2) becoming a detective while reading the Nutrition Facts label, (3) filling your shopping cart with the wisest foods for the best deals, and (4) controlling blood pressure and managing heart disease.

Escape Vapes is an eye-opening look at the marketing ploys and health risks that affect youth. Escape Vapes for youth can be taught as a three-lesson series or as one lesson. Escape Vapes: Empowering Adults is a one-lesson program to inform adults about various vaping devices and the health impacts on youth.

ALProHealth is a community-based effort to prevent and decrease obesity though increasing access to healthier foods and safe opportunities for physical activity. The project is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s High Obesity Program in 13 Alabama counties with an adult obesity prevalence of greater than 40 percent. Current initiatives include (1) developing the Alabama Food System Collaborative, which brings together partners to support a thriving food system; (2) creating bicycle and pedestrian plans that offer recommendations on connecting everyday destinations within communities; and (3) assisting child care centers with creating healthier environments.

Live Well Alabama. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) uses evidence-based, multilevel approaches to create a healthier population. It provides nutrition education to individuals, facilitates policy changes, systems changes, and environmental improvements. Its flagship obesity prevention program is Body Quest: Food of the Warrior for third-graders.

Maternal, Infant Child and Health

Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Certification is a certification for child care providers. Following the training, interested providers must implement the five requirements for becoming breastfeeding friendly. Child care providers will receive a tool kit that guides
them through the process and provides resources and tips for each requirement. The five requirements include policy and environmental changes needed to become a Breastfeeding Friendly site. This valuable opportunity is recognized by the Department of Human Resources and 2 professional development hours are received. The certification is valid for 2 years.

Go NAPSACC Child Nutrition is a professional, 1-hour development opportunity offering child care providers knowledge and skills to improve menu options while also implementing policy and environmental changes to instill healthy habits in Alabama’s children. Child care providers will use the nationally recognized GO NAPSACC assessment process to identify and achieve evidenced-based best practices.

Color Me Healthy is an exciting media of color, music, and exploration of the senses to teach children to make wiser food choices and that physical activity can be fun. The education stimulates all senses of young children ages 4 and 5: touch, smell, sight, sound, and taste. This high-energy education is a favorite of young children.

Today’s Mom is a fabulous educational opportunity for pregnant women and significant others. During six lessons, pregnant women will learn how to have a healthy baby by eating well, moving more, and following health care directions. All classes are fun and are taught in game-like activities. Recipe tasting available.

Financial Resource Management and Workforce Development

Financial Literacy

Money Smart for Adults provides must-have strategies to help adults successfully manage personal finances. Information includes spending plans, credit, savings, identity theft/scams, and banking. This course can be taught as a series of four or five lessons or as single programs.

Workforce Development

Job Search Preparation equips adult job seekers with strategies, tools, and tips to successfully land the job. Useful topics include finding your career choices, constructing a resume and cover letter, and communicating effectively in a job interview. This education can be taught in a three-program series or as single lessons.

Skills to Pay the Bills is a must for ninth-graders through young adults to learn what it mentally takes to get a job. Get ready to talk about successful employment skills including enthusiasm, attitude, communication, teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking. Topics can be taught as a 4-program series or as single lessons.

Job Success serves businesses and industry partners as well as organizations serving job seekers. This is an employability training for adults who will learn about self-management, decision-making, time management, communication, and teamwork. Most important, the program can be customized to meet the specific needs of the interested partner. Topics can be taught as a five-program series or as single lessons.

Small Business Workshop is designed for existing businesses or those who want to start a business. The workshops are offered in four, 2-hour lessons. Money-making topics include starting a business from scratch, marketing and profit, business planning, and all things money.

Facebook and Zoom Events

What’s On Your Plate? Tune in to our Facebook page Alabama Human Sciences Extension every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. for helpful nutrition, diet, and health tips.

Live Well Alabama at www.LiveWellAlabama.com is a statewide social marketing campaign encouraging Alabamians to Eat Better, Move More, and Make a Change. Check out this site for easy, tasty, and fun recipes.

Financial Fridays. Tune in to our Facebook page Alabama Human Sciences Extension every Friday at 2:00 p.m. for helpful tips on money management.

Best Buys of the Month. Tune in via Zoom on the first Monday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and become money wise (https://auburn.zoom.us/j/89685749907).

Take Charge Tuesday. Tune in via Zoom on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and become money wise with a variety of topics related to financial literacy and workforce development (https://auburn.zoom.us/j/87207264742).

Family and Child Development Digital Parenting Education

Just in Time Parenting Newsletter. Sign up at jitp.info to receive a monthly/bimonthly newsletter in English or Spanish matched to the age of your child via e-mail or to view on your mobile device. This includes parenting tips from prenatal/birth up to 5 years of age.

24/7 Dad is a must to help fathers improve their parenting skills and become nurturing and supportive fathers. Information is provided as a six-lesson series.

Tuning in to Kids Alabama Parenting Education. Learn about emotion coaching to support emotional intelligence, de-stress, and enhance family communication. Visit your county Extension web page for more parenting education programs.

Fathering in 15 is a free online fatherhood tool to help fathers build parenting skills.


For more information: Amy Sorter, Human Sciences Extension, (334) 844-7560, als0023@auburn.edu


Download a PDF of Human Sciences Extension – Helping People Develop Essential Knowledge and Skills, FCS-2500.

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