Tyanna Jackson

Meet Tyanna Jackson, the bubbly Executive Director at Michael A. Grant Boys and Girls Club. She is a #healthhero because she walks the talk at her club. Tyanna encourages her members (and staff) to lead healthy lives through fun daily physical activities and healthy Cooking Matters classes.Fun fact: Tyanna learned to garden through her partnership with HealthMPowers and now […]

The Importance of Nutrition Security

Healthy vegetables on a stand

For decades, the issue of food security has driven policy debates, charitable giving, community development and strategies to improve population health. Access to food among under-resourced communities, especially in difficult economic times, is a perennial issue. At no time in recent memory has that been more heightened than during the pandemic. Read the full story […]

A Call for a Mindful Movement

Group of diverse children meditating and creating healthy habits in an early childcare environment

In the wake of dire need, we are in the midst of a mental health awakening. For some, the long shadow of struggles brought on by economic difficulty, health problems, systemic oppression, and racism have plagued the mental health of so many Georgians really forever. For others, the stark reality of a public health crisis […]

Farm to Early Care and Education: Championing Young Learners

HealthMPowers has a long history of engagement in farm to school programming. Most recently, the organization was awarded grant funding support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Forrest Ann Anderson, Health Educator- Elementary,  stepped into the role of Farm to School Specialist to coordinate these efforts and has been hard at work utilizing funds to […]

Leading by Example: A GEM Leader Shines

Diverse happy girls playing outside and creating healthy habits

The Jordan Sisters: (l-r) Ny’Ashia, Timmea, and Timyra serve as youth leaders in the GEM program. When Timmea Jordan, 14, applied to be part of a new “Middle School Girl Leadership Council” in early 2020, she was intrigued by the prospect of becoming a mentor to other girls and the opportunity to work with girls […]

My Path To Success

Pictured: Adolfo Ruiz, Junior, McClure Health Science High School This blog is the culmination of a collaboration between HealthMPowers and McClure Health Science High School. Student Health Advocates (SHAs) interned as research assistants on a project to determine how peer influence impacts student health. This is Adolfo’s experience. Student Health Advocates are student leaders trained […]

More Than A Dream

The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed and a visionary has his eyes open. -Martin Luther King, Jr. Today we celebrate the legacy of a man whose life has reached mythical proportions. His story is that of legend. He’s exalted all over the world, immortalized in […]

Focusing on what works: SNAP-Ed Shows Positive Impact among Georgia’s Low-Income Families

Happy family grocery shopping for healthy food

One of the core program initiatives at HealthMPowers, SNAP-Ed, was recently highlighted in a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science, pointing to the program’s effectiveness. The study was a collaboration between the Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition and four universities across the Southeast, including our own University of Georgia, […]

We Commit…continued

In June, we added our voices to the many organizations around the country who pledged to join the fight to end systemic racism. As we continue to see violent and racist attacks against the Black community, we must remain steadfast in our pledge to be anti-racist, recognize and acknowledge white privilege, and stand with Black […]