This is an excerpt from the Live Well in Alabama FY17 Annual Report.
Through a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Alabama Extension, ALProHealth ignited grassroots efforts to transform the culture of rural Alabama. Alabama Preventing and Reducing Obesity: Helping to Engage Alabamians for Long-Term Health (ALProHealth) aims to prevent and reduce obesity by supporting community coalitions in creating healthier communities. The goal of CDC ALProHealth is to foster healthy lifestyles in 14 counties with adult obesity rates greater than 40%. A key aspect of community coalitions is the value-added of SNAP-Ed educators. The long-standing, respected county relationships these educators bring to the coalitions has propelled this initiative.
- Partnered with West Alabama Food Bank to provide monthly food assistance to 280 families at Aliceville First United Methodist Church Food Pantry
- Purchased cooling units to increase capacity for food storage and expand variety of foods at Aliceville First United Methodist Church Food Pantry
- Provided families receiving assistance from Aliceville First United Methodist Church Food Pantry recipe demonstrations and information on how to prepare distributed foods
Parks and Trails
- Enhanced existing walking trail at Aliceville City Park with outdoor fitness equipment
- Partnered with City of Aliceville to enhance equipment at Aliceville City Park
- Installed additional lighting at Aliceville City Park
- Implemented Body Quest to empower 59 third graders and 51 parents
- Provided technical assistance on healthy, kid-friendly snacks and beverages to serve 95 youth participating in a community-wide Vacation Bible School
- Presented the CDC’s Rethink Your Drink program to 95 youth in a community-wide Vacation Bible School
- Adopted the Good Choice initiative, a partnership between the Alabama Department of Public Health and SNAP-Ed, to promote healthier items in a locally owned grocery store
- Provided technical assistance on product placement
- Provided signs and point-of-purchase displays
The Aliceville Community Coalition
The Aliceville Community Coalition is comprised of 12 leaders who represent the City of Aliceville, Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Power, The Westervelt Company, Alabama Extension, banks, faith communities, and community champions. Coalition members used needs assessment results to develop and implement strategies to increase access and appeal of healthy foods and physical activity opportunities. It is becoming easier to be a healthy citizen in Aliceville!
- Partnered with numerous public and private organizations to construct a pavilion near city hall for use as a farmers market
- Established the Aliceville Farmers Market with eight vendors serving approximately 100 customers per market
- Provided recipe demonstrations and tastings of seasonal produce
- Live Well in Alabama: FY17 Annual Report
- Snapshot of a Day, Live Well in Alabama
- Live Well in Communities: Positive Changes Spread Across Alabama for a Healthier Culture
- Live Well in Schools: Direct education and policy, systems, and environmental changes move youth and parents toward better health.
- Live Well Alabama: Social marketing connects Alabamians in meaningful ways.
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