In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a 5-year grant to Alabama Extension at Auburn University to increase access to healthier foods and safe, affordable places for physical activity. The project, ALProHealth, aims to support community coalitions in 13 Alabama counties with an adult obesity prevalence of greater than 40%.
The Lowndes County Extension office invites you to a Community Conversation to discuss the health and wellness of our community. The meeting will be led by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life (DMC) and will help identify and map key community assets and challenges. It also will challenge the community to identify a shared sense of direction. Following the conclusion of the Community Conversation, DMC staff will write a comprehensive report on the county’s assets, challenges, partnerships and action ideas.
This Community Conversation will take place at the Lowndes County Commission Auditorium, 205 East Tuskeena Street, Hayneville, Alabama 36040. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. on February 13, 2019.
After the Community Conversation, there will be an opportunity for you or a representative from your organization to become part of the ALProHealth Community Coalition. While developing an action plan and establishing roles and responsibilities, the coalition will initially meet monthly for approximately one hour. The goal of the coalition is to use findings from the Community Conversations to plan and implement opportunities to ultimately improve access to healthy food and physical activity.
ALProHealth is more than just health. It also will have an economic impact in our community. Other cities around the nation have proved healthy environments lead to economically prosperous environments. By combining revitalization efforts and community health policies, economic regeneration is occurring in small, rural towns.
Please join us for this important opportunity to make positive improvements to our community.
For more information and to register your attendance, please contact Tana Shealey at the Lowndes County Extension Office, 334.548.2315 or 334.419.5681.