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Be SAFE

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.

 

Click here for printable information: Be SAFE Promotional Flyer 2018-19

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:

Sallie Hooker

Human Sciences Extension

Field Specialist, Family and Child Development

(334) 201-7636

http://www.aces.edu/family-health/families-children/

Community Gardens in Mosses and Ft. Deposit

Residents in Ft. Deposit and Mosses are now tending a new source of fresh, healthy foods grown in their own neighborhoods. Watch this video coverage by the local CBS/ABC affiliate:Television Station Features Community Gardens in Mosses and Ft. Deposit

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.

four young men plant raised bed garden in Mosses,Alabama
Youth plant vegetables in Mosses
Planting of community garden in Ft. Deposit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

men plant seeds in raised beds at community garden
Residents prepare raised beds for seed
Second from left, Joy Kelly, helps plant garden in Ft. Deposit
Second from left, Joy Kelly, helps plant garden in Ft. Deposit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Rite Bite Classes Set for Hayneville Senior Center

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 shares information about healthy food choices during Rite Bite program at the Hayneville Senior Center.    

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.

Click here for a printable flyer Right Bite Flyer 2018 Hayneville.

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.

Young Anglers Funshop to be held Thursday, June 23, 2016

young man learning to remove fish from hook
From 2015 Young Anglers Funshop

Have fun while learning about Types & Parts of Fish, Lures, Baits, Knots & Hooks, Casting, Fishing Ethics and Action Fishing at the 2016 Young Anglers Funshop.  Click this link for more information and download the registration form.  Young Anglers Education Workshop – June 2016- Flyer and Registration Form (new)