Be SAFE focuses on the education and prevention of bullying, bias, harassment and other hurtful behaviors for ages 11-14 (6th – 9th graders). It also engages youth in conversations and activities that can help them become more empathetic, self-aware, and able to manage distressing emotions.
Through this 3-5 lesson program, the overall goals of Be SAFE are to:
Promote social and emotional learning and development
Address and reduce bullying
Prevent bullying behaviors by tapping the wisdom and assets of youth and adults
Develop positive relationships with peers and adults.
If you would like more information on this program, please contact:
Recently, Urban Regional Extension Agent Roosevelt Robinson taught residents about planting and caring for a bounty of vegetables and fruit planted in raised bed gardens. Robinson also designed and helped install the raised beds in each residential area. This is a continuation of an effort started in Lowndes County about two years ago.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, in partnership with the South Central Alabama Regional Housing Authority, is working with residents in maintaining raised bed community gardens from which community members may harvest fruit and vegetables year round. The gardens are open to the residents of the Mosses Public Housing Area and Ft. Deposit Public Housing Area and are cared for at no cost to them.
Housing Manager, Joy Kelly is proud of the effort, “I think that this is great for the tenants because there is a need for them to get fresh vegetables from a close location. Usually our community members must travel at least 10 to 15 miles to buy fresh produce.”
Recently residents planted collard greens, cabbages, tomatoes, bell peppers, okra, eggplants, and cantaloupe in raised beds at both the Mosses and Ft. Deposit public housing areas.
Creating and maintaining these community gardens is part of the ALProHealth initiative through which the Alabama Cooperative Extension System strives to engage Alabamians in long-term, healthy nutritional practices.
The goal of AlProHealth is to implement evidence or practice-based strategies in promoting healthy lifestyles in Alabama counties with adult obesity rates of greater than 40 percent (The identified counties are: Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Crenshaw, Cullman, Escambia, Greene, Lowndes, Macon, Pickens, Sumter and Wilcox).
For more information about these community gardens in Mosses and Ft. Deposit, please contact the Lowndes County Extension Office at 334.548.2315.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is partnering with the Hayneville Senior Center offering free classes to residents hoping to learn how to prepare foods that complement living with diabetes and hypertension.
Regional Extension Agent Christina Levert, whose area of study is human nutrition, diet, and health, will share some simple and economical ways to prepare healthy home cooked meals and snacks.
Classes will be taught, at no cost to attendees, on July 16th, July 23rd, July 30th and August 6th. Classes will last for about an hour beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Levert usually prepares a healthy treat for participants to sample, and she gives participants copies of healthy recipes to try at home.
“The Right Bite Diabetes Classes show people affected by diabetes how to enjoy healthy food while controlling their diabetes. It provides excellent information that will help anyone preparing food to better control diabetes, high blood pressure or any other chronic disease. It is also great information for anyone wanting to learn more about healthier eating,” Levert said.
Levert sets the classes up in a way that makes it easy for seniors to learn and have fun. “Each class will cover a different topic. Topics include portion control, choosing fats, label reading and choosing carbohydrates,” Levert said.
For more information about the Rite Bite program, please contact the Lowndes County Extension office at 334.548.2315.