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) Dollar General (487 GA-15 Tennille, GA 31089) 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 Go, Slow, Whoa Physical Activity Come learn some no cost, “I’m Short-on-Time” activities that you can incorporate into your day that will help you and your family feel better. Not only will you learn and share physical activity ideas, but there are GIVE-A-WAYS! These free sessions are only 30 minutes but packed with fun, conversation and chances to taste fruit/vegetable infused water! Location, Date and Time Taste Testing Location, Date and Time 64% felt very confident and 26% felt somewhat confident in choosing healthy food for their family. 57% very confident and 38% felt somewhat confident choosing healthy foods for their family on a budget. 64% felt very confident and 33% felt somewhat confident using the “Nutrition Facts” on food/drink labels to make healthy choices. 88% planned to purchase more fruits and 92% of respondents planned to purchase more vegetables. On the Ground Success Stories - Regina Jackson Health Department The Washington County Health Department has been promoting the Be a Health Hero- EAT, DRINK, MOVE social messaging campaign in their office to encourage healthy habits. Community Photos Regina and Mr. Roy Jackson, Family Connection & CIS in Washington County Before and After Photos Dollar General on E. McCarty St. continues to make great changes to promote healthier habits. They have added frozen vegetables to theirrefrigeration section. BeforeAfter This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.For the USDA’s full non-discrimination statement, click here.