This is an excerpt from the Live Well in Alabama FY17 Annual Report.
Third grader Lauren hops on the school bus at 7:00 a.m. to get to ABC Elementary School in rural Alabama. On the way, she spots a colorful SNAP-Ed billboard with the message to Move More.
At school, she goes to the cafeteria to pick up breakfast. She notices on the serving line SNAP-Ed Body Quest characters promoting fruits and vegetables.
- WALK. Miss Kennedy, a SNAP-Ed educator, teaches Lauren’s third-grade Body Quest class how to eat better, move more, and make healthy changes. During each lesson, Lauren samples vegetables; cherry tomatoes and slices of raw zucchini are on today’s menu. At the end of the day’s lesson, Lauren is excited to receive a SNAP-Ed pedometer, which reminds her of the Move More billboard. To get more physical activity, Miss Kennedy got approval from the principal to allow students to walk the long way to the cafeteria.
- EDUCATE. Early in the afternoon, Grandma, Lauren’s grandmother who lives with her family, drives to the local faith community for a nutrition and physical activity education class also taught by Miss Kennedy. On the way, Grandma notices the Move More SNAP-Ed billboard. Miss Kennedy talks to the class about the Move More billboard and its goal to get people moving. Last week, each faith community member received a SNAP-Ed pedometer. Since receiving it, Grandma has walked 10,000 steps every day.
- ENCOURAGE. As part of the faith community classes, members are encouraged by Miss Kennedy to identify policy, systems, and environmental changes to support the direct education classes. Members decided to implement a new policy stating that fried foods and sweet tea will not be served at faith community events. The policy was even printed in last week’s bulletin.
- FRESH. Because a member donated a refrigerator to the faith community food pantry, the food pantry now allows donations of fresh fruits and vegetables. Grandma volunteers at the food pantry today and distributes the abundance of tomatoes and zucchini. A Live Well Alabama recipe, Skillet Spaghetti, is given to food pantry patrons. This recipe shows ways to use tomatoes and zucchini in a recipe.
- TASTING. As Lauren gets off the school bus, she is met by Grandma. They talk about their day as they walk home. Lauren tells Grandma about the Body Quest class, tasting tomatoes and zucchini, and being allowed to take the long way to the cafeteria to get extra steps on the pedometer. Grandma shows Lauren that she has the same SNAP-Ed pedometer. They compare how many steps each has taken so far today and decide to walk after supper.
- MARKET. When they get home, Grandma shows Lauren the SNAP-Ed recipe for Skillet Spaghetti, and they decide to try it tonight because tomatoes and zucchini are in season. Lauren calls her mom and asks her to purchase two zucchinis from the new farmers market on her way home from work. Lauren and Grandma get all of the ingredients ready to make the Skillet Spaghetti so when mom comes home with the zucchini, they can quickly prepare the recipe.
- HAPPY. While cleaning the kitchen after the meal, Grandma, Lauren, and her mom talk about how easy it was to “hide” the zucchini in the Skillet Spaghetti and how they did not even taste it. They are happy knowing they had prepared something healthy to eat and had created memories preparing food together. They then take a quick walk. As they are walking, they decide that it is not too difficult to eat better and move more.
- Live Well in Alabama: FY17 Annual Report
- Live Well in Communities: Positive changes spread across Alabama for a healthier culture.
- Live Well in Communities: Partnership with CDC
- 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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