Chatham County Savannah, one of the most beautiful cities in the nation, celebrates history, heritage and hospitality. However, many issues remain prevalent in various neighborhoods of Savannah, such as food insecurity. To address these concerns, HealthMPowers is partnering with Healthy Savannah, and other organizations who have identified increasing access to healthy food by exploring policy and funding mechanisms to increase access to produce to various “food deserts” on a rotating schedule as a goal of 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/ Chatham County Partnerships Community Partners Healthy Savannah Chatham County Health Department Farm Truck 912 Housing Authority of Savannah Food Outlets Sheppard’s Food and Gas Mart (1302 West Gwinnett Street) US Food Store (1315 Augusta Avenue) 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 10/27 Savannah Gardens 5-7 PM 75% felt very confident in choosing healthy food for their family. 55% very confident and 45% felt somewhat confident choosing healthy foods for their family on a budget. 75% felt very confident and 10% felt somewhat confident using the “Nutrition Facts” on food/drink labels to make healthy choices. 35% planned to purchase more fruits and 435% of respondents planned to purchase more vegetables. On the Ground Success Stories - Breyana Davis Family Game Night Last April I was contacted to participate in an event at DFCS that would be held in May. This event was a Family Game Night which brings foster families and children together. When they contacted HealthMPowers to participate, I was more than excited. Unfortunately the only snacks being planned for the evening were high in fat and calories. We discussed the possibility of offering some healthy choices as well- and luckily they agreed! This was a great opportunity to partner, include healthier options for children and adults AND WALK OUR TALK! Community Photos Breyana Davis with Community Partner, Paula Kessler Before and After Photos Price tags are placed on fruit baskets to increase visibility and awareness of healthy choices at US Food StoreBeforeAfter 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.