Washington County Washington County (Sandersville) is a small town, steeped with fine tradition and heritage. Residents believe it is a great place to live, work and raise a family. In an effort to always do what is best for their children and families, HealthMPowers is partnering with Family Connection & Communities In Schools, who has identified childhood obesity as a goal in their community action plan. Their strategic plan includes ensuring good health outcomes for all children by providing opportunities for physical activities and promotion of healthy life styles. 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 Family Connection & CIS Wellness Work Washington County Head Start Washington County Health Department (DPH) UGA County Extension The Sandersville Progress Food Outlets Dollar General (612 S. Harris St. Sandersville, GA 31082) Dollar General (605 E. McCarty St. Sandersville, GA 31082) S&T Food Mart (1356 S. Harris St. Sandersville, GA 31082) 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 56% felt very confident and 40% felt somewhat confident in choosing healthy food for their family. 40% very confident and 56% felt somewhat confident choosing healthy foods for their family on a budget. 72% felt very confident and 24% felt somewhat confident using the “Nutrition Facts” on food/drink labels to make healthy choices. 72% planned to purchase more fruits and 68% of respondents planned to purchase more vegetables. On the Ground Success Stories - Regina Jackson Senior Center The Washington County Senior Center has enjoyed nutrition classes such as Reading Food Labels and Go Slow Whoa Healthy Snacks. The Senior Center members have stated that the Community Engagement Specialist’s presentations have been both informative and enlightening. Lynne Beal, Activity Coordinator stated “HealthMPowers has been an awesome asset to the entire Senior Center and it supports their mission to promote better health. It also ensures that our members are receiving feedback and suggestions as it pertains to their health and well-being.” Community Photos Regina and Mr. Roy Jackson, Family Connection & CIS in Washington County Before and After Photos S&T Food Mart continues to make great changes to promote healthier habits. They have made changes in their layout to position more fruit at the entrance of the store to encourage customers to purchase more fruit.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.