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This is an excerpt from the Live Well in Alabama FY18 Annual Report.

The number of improvements Alabama SNAP-Ed at Auburn University supported in FY18 will ensure that Alabama residents can Live Well in Communities in places they eat, learn, live, play, shop, and work. SNAP-Ed facilitated local and state policy changes, systems changes, environmental improvements, and promotional efforts to make it easier for individuals with limited resources to choose healthy foods, healthy beverages, and physically active lifestyles. In FY18, 33 SNAP-Ed educators fostered almost 250 improvements in 40 counties reaching more than 120,000 residents throughout Alabama. SNAP-Ed efforts in Alabama continue to grow and overlap. The pockets of healthy change will eventually cover the state leading to a culture shift.

Total number of improvements:

  • 10 improvements in 6 parks and trails in 8 counties reaching more than 175 residents
  • 30 improvements in 10 food retail outlets in 5 counties reaching 91,650 residents
  • 47 improvements in 33 gardens in 16 counties reaching more than 4,800 residents
  • 86 improvements in 36 farmers markets in 31 counties reaching more than 16,000 residents
  • 57 improvements in 26 emergency food assistance sites in 20 counties reaching more than 6,800 residents
  • 19 improvements in 8 faith communities in 7 counties reaching more than 800 residents

Parks and Trails

Our state is known as Alabama the Beautiful for a reason. Alabama has a remarkably diverse landscape from sun-drenched shores to forested coves and mountains. SNAP-Ed educators partnered with numerous parks and trails to make exploring the great outdoors even more exciting.

  • Systems changes improved access to local walking trails.
  • Environmental improvements enhanced physical activity facilities
  • Physical activity promotional campaign continued operation in parks and trails in partnership with CDC ALProHealth.

Healthier Retail

Alabama shoppers have an easier time choosing healthy items because of the support SNAP-Ed educators provided to 10 stores. Local champions, or owner/managers, of grocery stores, convenience stores, and school stores made 30 improvements reaching almost 92,000 residents.

  • Systems changes improved buying practices to increase inventory of healthy foods and beverages
  • Environmental improvements increased shelf space and improved placement of healthy foods and beverages, and in partnership with the CDC ALProHealth, improved facilities for stocking healthy items.
  • Promotional efforts provided recipe demonstrations, tastings, and signage and expanded the Good Choice initiative, a partnership with SNAP-Ed and the Alabama Department of Public Health.


Alabama youth and adults are taking control of what shows up on their lunch menus and dinner plates by growing their own fruits and vegetables. SNAP-Ed educators supported establishment, reinvigoration, or sustainability of 33 school and community gardens making fresh fruits and vegetables available to almost 5,000 Alabama residents.

  • Policy changes allowed for fresh produce from gardens to be served in school classrooms.
  • Systems changes implemented processes at food pantries, hospitals, and schools to allow acceptance of fresh, local produce from gardens.
  • Environmental improvements enhanced row-based, raised bed, hoop house, and container gardening practices.
  • Promotional efforts provided recipe demonstration and tastings to encourage use of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the gardens.

Faith Communities

SNAP-Ed educators worked in partnership with 8 Alabama faith communities serving 800 members. Live Well Faith Communities provided a nine-lesson education series on healthy eating and active living and supported faith communities for a year in implementing changes that make living well easier. Assessment finding showed faith communities expressed interest in partnering in health initiatives in rural areas and are promising settings for public health initiatives. Individuals data showed that after Live Well Faith Communities, members planned, shopped, and prepared healthy foods and increased daily vegetable intakes.

  • Policy changes eliminated fried foods and sweet tea at congregational meals and ensured water availability at every congregational meal.
  • Systems changes promoted healthy options at congregational meals.
  • Environmental improvements established, reinvigorated, or sustained edible gardens.
  • Promotional efforts encouraged healthy selections at congregational meals and provided recipe demonstrations to faith community members.

Learn More

Download a printable PDF of FCS-2302 SNAP-Ed FY18 Annual Report.

Download a printable PDF of FCS-2227 SNAP-Ed FY17 Annual Report.

Download a printable PDF of SNAP-Ed FY16 Annual Report.

Click here to view the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.

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