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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) ALProHEALTH grant to Alabama Extension seeks to reduce the state’s high obesity rate and improve health through healthier nutrition and physical activity.  This grant has brought over $100,000 in grant funds to Bibb County, which is one of only 14 Alabama counties receiving these grant funds.  The funds have been used by the Bibb County Extension Office during the past three years to purchase playground and exercise equipment, provide information and promotional signage for parks and walking tracks, offer educational programs and walking events emphasizing exercise and healthy nutrition, and healthy food display shelving and containers for local retail outlets.

As the grant enters a fourth and final year focusing on a physical activity guide, healthy food guide, technical assistance for food banks and other sustainable projects, this slideshow takes a look at some of the environmental improvements during Years 1-3 that have improved access to physical activity and healthier nutrition in Bibb County.  If you do not see a particular improvement—and there are others not featured here—please contact us so we can take a photo and include it on our website, social media, and in another edition of our e-newsletter.

Community and Economic Development focus strongly on preparing youth and adults for careers


Bibb County-based programs in Community and Economic Development focus strongly on preparing youth and adults for careers. Doing so is very important, because great opportunities exist at the nearby Mercedes-Benz, Inc. automobile production plant in Vance, as well as with Mercedes’ numerous private sector production suppliers.

Agents Sharlean Briggs and Cynthia Whittaker (shown in photo delivering Career Countdown at West Blocton Middle School) have helped the county Extension team provide workforce education for hundreds of youth and adults in Bibb County. These programs include ‘Get Ready For The Workforce’ for pre-release inmates at Bibb Correctional Facility, the Bibb County Career Fair for adults in Woodstock, Promoting Readiness for Employment Possibilities (PREP) for high school students and adults, a Job Fair in Centreville for a Mercedes supplier, and Career Countdown for 7th graders at West Blocton Middle School and Centreville Middle School.