Baldwin County Baldwin County (Milledgeville) has a unique mixture of small town charm, vibrant antebellum culture and collegiate energy. Nevertheless, there is also a concern for the growing obesity rate. As a result, HealthMPowers is partnering with Live Healthy Baldwin, who has identified developing community awareness and health promotion campaigns, as well as strengthening existing community based collaborations in their community action plan. HealthMPowers’ work supports their purpose by (1) improving access to fruits and vegetables, (2) providing nutrition education and (3) implementing the Be a Health Hero- EAT, DRINK, MOVE social marketing campaign. HealthMPowers/ Baldwin County Partnerships Community Partners Live Healthy Baldwin Baldwin Family Connection Milledgeville Housing Authority Baldwin Boys and Girls Club Collins P. Lee Center Parks and Recreation Food Outlets Dollar General (102 Robins Dr, Milledgeville, GA 31061) Dollar General (831 S Elbert St, Milledgeville, GA 31061) Dollar General (2622 Irwinton Rd, Milledgeville, GA 31061) The Market Place (821 N Columbia St, Milledgevill, GA 31061) Milledge Foods and Gas (1431 W Hancock St, Milledgeville, GA 31061) Learning Made Fun and Delicious Reading Food Labels How do you make sense of all the words and numbers on a food label? Come learn fun, easy tips that will help you translate the label so that you can make healthy food choices for you and your family. These free sessions are only 30 minutes but packed with fun, conversation and chances to taste healthy food options. Location, Date and Time Go, Slow, Whoa Healthy Snacks Most foods can be placed into one of three groups- Go, Slow or Whoa. The same can be done with snack items. Come learn how to bag a better snack (Go Snacks) that you and your family can eat almost any time! These free sessions are only 30 minutes but packed with fun, conversation and chances to taste healthy snack options. Location, Date and Time Rethink Your Drink Sugar is included in so much of what we drink! Even when we think we are making a good selection, we can be fooled. Come learn how to “rethink your drink” so you can help yourself and your family make healthier, smarter sips! These free sessions are only 30 minutes but packed with fun, conversation and chances to try good tasting drink options. Location, Date and Time Taste Testing Location, Date and Time 9/12 Dollar General – Irwinton 2pm 9/13 Milledge Foods and Gas 11am 9/14 Dollar General – S Elbert 9am 9/14 Dollar General – Robins Dr 2pm 9/26 Dollar General – Irwinton 9am 9/28 Milledge Foods and Gas – 11am 9/28 Dollar General – Robins Dr 2pm 9/29 Dollar General – S Elbert 2pm 58% felt very confident and 42% felt somewhat confident in choosing healthy food for their family. 92% very confident and 8% felt somewhat confident choosing healthy foods for their family on a budget. 83% felt very confident and 17% felt somewhat confident using the “Nutrition Facts” on food/drink labels to make healthy choices. 100% planned to purchase more fruits and 100% of respondents planned to purchase more vegetables. On the Ground Success Stories - Kristina Hyland Eat, Drink, Move Prior to the HealthMPowers retail partnership with Milledge Foods and Gas the small convenient store did not sell any fresh produce. After posting Eat, Drink, Move posters in the store, I stopped by a few weeks later to check-in with the manager and I noticed a basket of fresh bananas above the HealthMPowers Eat poster right next to the register. This may seems like a small change but this small change will get people eating fresh fruit and increase the option for fresh produce rather than processed snacks! Photos Community Photos Kristina Hyland with Jim Lidstone, Director of Live Healthy Baldwin Before and After Photos This before and after shows Milledge Foods and Gas front counter area prior to the partnership with HealthMPowers. As you can see the healthy promotional signage and variety of fruits are displayed next to the check out area. BeforeAfter This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. For more information about SNAP or help buying nutritious foods for a better diet can go to www.compass.ga.gov.