Many of Extension’s efforts to improve health and wellness are focusing on obesity, the state’s number one health problem, which is directly related to a number of chronic conditions. Special emphasis is on reversing the trend of childhood obesity. We in Extension are working to help you, our consumers. The following are programs that we are eager to offer. We can present these programs to groups of 5 or more people at one time. It can be a church group, after-school group, community group, a sorority, fraternity or individuals looking for help to improve their lives. If you are interested in scheduling a program, please call the Escambia County Extension Office at (251) 867-7760. The programs are:
- The “DEEP” (Diabetes Education Empowerment Program) – In cooperation with Atom Alliance and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be offering free diabetes education classes in Alabama. You can receive eight hours of diabetes self-management training in your community. These classes are designed to: * Educate on how to best control blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels; * Empower you to establish relationships with your primary care provider; *Encourage better nutrition and regular exercise; *Encourage lifestyle changes that lead to the reduction in the number of diabetes complications (heart disease, blindness, nerve damage, etc.) and limb amputations; and * Express the importance of developing support networks of family, friends, and existing community-based social services. These six (6) classes present information in simple medical terms and concepts using props and pictures in a way that is conducive to better understanding and make learning fun. The classes are 60- 90 minutes long. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, we invite you to contact us for more information; or if you are an organization that wishes to become a community partner and provide a location for diabetes education. Cost – Free
- Eat Healthy Be Active Community Workshop – This program was developed by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. This research-based workshop was designed for individuals and families to come together in a fun and interactive setting to learn about eating healthier and ways to put more activity into their everyday. The six-week sessions will discuss making healthy choices, reading the Nutrition Facts label, how to make quick healthy meals, how to lose weight and keep it off and other essential topics. An exercise component has been added. Cost – Free.
- The Right Bite Diabetes Cooking School – The Right Bite Healthy Diabetes Cooking School was designed to show people how to enjoy consuming healthy food. Through hands-on experiences the group will prepare delicious meals and snacks to control and prevent diabetes and other chronic diseases. Through four 2-hour sessions this series covers information on portion control; reading labels; uses of sweeteners; selecting healthier food at the store and preparing recipes lower in fat, cholesterol, sugar, sodium, etc. Cost – $10.00
- Color Me Healthy – This program works with Day Care Providers and Head Start Teachers. Color Me Healthy is a program designed to reach children ages four and five. It provides fun, innovative, interactive learning opportunities on physical activity and healthy eating. The program is designed to stimulate all of the senses of young children: touch, smell, sight, sound, and, of course, taste. Color Me Healthy uses color, music, and exploration of the senses to teach children that healthy food and physical activity are fun! Color Me Healthy (CMH) is a research-tested intervention designed to improve fruit and vegetable intake and increase physical activity among the preschoolers. Cost – Free
- Rethink Your Drink Exhibit – An effort to help decrease obesity by recognizing the consumption of sugar in beverages.
- Dangerous Look-A-Likes – The Dangerous Look A-Likes Program is a Poison Prevention and Awareness Program. Many times product packages and sometimes actual products can look so much alike that a small child or an adult with poor or failing eyesight may be unable to tell the difference. This program gives tips for people of all ages to stay safe and to poison proof their home!