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Body Quest

body-questThe goal of Nutrition Education Program (NEP) is that through evidenced-based education food assistance participants will improve the likelihood of making healthy food choices within a limited budget and choosing physically active lifestyles. One innovative and effective way nutrition education is offered is through Body Quest: Food of the Warrior.

Lindsey Class vegetable tastings Body Quest is an exciting, interactive nutrition education program for third-graders developed by Alabama Extension at Auburn University. It all started with one simple research question: How do we get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables? Eating fruits and vegetables is a healthy and positive way to reduce the risk of obesity, a big issue for the state of Alabama.

Body Quest education includes 15 weeks of classroom instruction about good nutrition, physical activity and getting enough sleep. Students in Body Quest participate in several vegetable tastings over the course of the program as they learn to enjoy healthy foods. The “wow factor” for students is the iPad apps. Body Quest educators bring 25 iPads to each classroom for students to use during class. Students learn about good nutrition as they play educational games. Each app features the colorful and strong Body Quest Warriors that get their superpowers from eating healthy foods.

Currently, Body Quest has been taught in Lauderdale County Schools and YMCA Summer Food Service Program. Target audience for Body Quest is 3rd grade students in schools with free/reduced lunch rates or %50 or higher.

Please contact Meagan Taylor, Nutrition Education Program Educator for more information.

Agri-Tourism in Alabama

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Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.

U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.

Find your Agri-Tourism destination today!

Alabama Master Naturalist Program

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The Alabama Master Naturalist program is a new statewide program whose goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world among Alabama’s citizens and visitors. In addition, the AMN program will also develop a statewide corps of well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

Learn more about how you can participate today!