Live Well Alabama
Whether in the classroom on providing nutrition education virtually, Shalong Hamilton, SNAP-Ed educator in Greene and Hale counties, will give it her all.
During the summer, Hamilton conducted an Eat Better, Move More program virtually for students at the Boys and Girls Club in Hale County. She said the program lasted for four weeks and the intimate setting of the lessons really helped to drive home the intent behind the curriculum.
While teachers and students were sent home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamilton used her relationship with Greensboro Elementary School Reading Specialist Tracy Jemison to reach out to students. Jemison held a weekly Facebook Live session with between 150 and 300 viewers, and during some weeks, Hamilton would lead nutrition education classes.
“I would teach a lesson about healthy eating tips for about 30 minutes, which helped me prepare for virtual teaching this fall,” Hamilton said. “Working with Mrs. Jemison and her viewers not only helped me become a better teacher, but I also received good feedback as well.”
Hamilton also used her counties’ Extension Facebook pages to provide education. For example, she used Facebook Live to perform cooking demonstrations based on Live Well Alabama recipe cards.
“I always stressed using what people had at home instead of going to the store if they could help it,” Hamilton said. “I picked recipes that had ingredients I felt most people had at home. I wanted to use quick, healthy recipes that were also kid-friendly so the entire family could get involved.”
Hamilton also used her social media skills to create COVID-19 Facebook pages for Greene and Hale counties. She said the idea to create the county-specific pages came from the noticeable lack of reliable information being shared in her communities. As of September, she had more than 400 members between both pages. She said followers use the pages to find out how to access food and assistance and to stay informed with credible COVID-19 information
To contact Hamilton, SNAP-Ed educator in Hale and Greene counties, call (334) 624-8710 or email him at email@example.com.
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