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 11/20 Graham Home Housing Authority 1:30 PM 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 11/10 Dollar General (Robins) 10-12 PM 11/13 Dollar General (Irwinton) 9-11 AM 11/21 Dollar General (S Elbert) 11-1 PM 11/16 Milledge Food and Gas 4-6 PM 11/17 Wray Homes Housing Authority 12-2 PM 55% felt very confident and 33% felt somewhat confident in choosing healthy food for their family. 63% very confident and 24% felt somewhat confident choosing healthy foods for their family on a budget. 57% felt very confident and 27% felt somewhat confident using the “Nutrition Facts” on food/drink labels to make healthy choices. 84% planned to purchase more fruits and 87% of respondents planned to purchase more vegetables. On the Ground Success Stories - Kristina Hyland Eat, Drink, Move As a result of partnering with HealthMPowers, customers have the opportunity to try healthy snack alternatives through taste testings. One store regular, Henry Hokey, who works at the car repair shop located across the street from Milledge Foods and Gas has come through the store while I was conducting a taste testing. Henry stops by the store more than once a day to grab a soda and a snack during his work day. Through my work at the store I have begun to build a relationship with him. When Henry comes into the store while I am doing a taste testing we discuss why some foods are considered unhealthy and what the healthy alternatives. Since my last taste testing at the store, Henry has stopped drinking soft drinks and only buys water! Community Photos Kristina Hyland with Jim Lidstone, Director of Live Healthy Baldwin Before and After Photos Dollar General (S Elbert St) manager, Vickie Lane took the initiative to move cases of bottled water and place them on display under the HealthMPowers Drink poster. They are placed in front of the registers at the store in hopes to increase consumption of water instead of sugary drinks! AfterBefore 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.