Success Stories

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Michael A. Grant Boys and Girls Club Sets the Bar High for Healthy Living

Ms. Tyanna Jackson, Executive Director, and Mr. Ayinde Al-Amini, Executive Program Director of the Michael A. Grant Boys and Girls Club, have indeed taken the initiative to make their club as healthy as possible by consistently engaging club members, parents and the community. The club-wide No Soda Ever policy was enforced throughout the school year and over the summer. Youth Health Advocates are responsible for setting up the HealthMPowers-provided dispensers full of infused waters for club members and parents to enjoy daily. Health Advocates shine during the Cooking Matters demonstrations. Club favorites include Okinomiyaki Japanese Pancakes and The Works Vegetable Pizza. Youth enjoy telling their peers how dishes are made and educating them on what makes them healthy.
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Partnerships and Pop-Up Markets

How do you ease the gap between convenience and accessibility for families to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables? A pop-up market right on school grounds! The Community Sector has formed partnerships with the Baldwin County School System and local farmers to bring fresh produce directly to the students and their families. The new markets rotate between schools and Early Learning Centers. Mr. Sweat, a Wrightsville, GA farmer shared stories about his farm experiences and gave tips on how to choose the freshest fruits and vegetables. The children, parents and teachers loved the demonstration and bought all of Mr. Sweats produce!
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Health Champion: Lori Smith

As part of a partnership with the HealthMPowers SNAP-Ed program, Lori Smith, School Nurse and Health Education Coordinator at Martha Pucket Middle School, led a fun and informative trip for her student health advocates to a local hydroponic lettuce farm. The team learned how a hydroponic farm operates, the benefits of fruits and veggies, and picked 25 heads of lettuce to take back to school. The students then led a taste test for their peers, using the lettuce to create salads with strawberries and apples. The taste test was a success, and students were able to take the remaining heads of lettuce home, along with a new salad recipe to share with their families.
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Stepping Up Employee Wellness to Impact Children’s Health

Lynette Tedford is a woman on a mission. As the owner of Angels in Motion Learning Center, she’s shifting the center’s environment to be more health-conscious by revamping menu choices, incorporating more physical activity into the day, and encouraging parents to do the same at home.

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Students, Parents and Teachers Enjoy Farm to School Success

Huntley Hills Elementary School’s Garden Club didn’t know how their harvest of kale and radishes would be received. They chose the veggies because they were foods that the student gardeners had never tried. Fingers crossed, they presented salads to their fellow students and SUCCESS! Many of the students received a double shock. First, when they enjoyed the salads and again when they found out the two mystery ingredients were kale and radishes! Congratulations to the students, parents, and teachers who worked with members of the Dunwoody Nature Center to start the garden.            
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Health Hero Spotlight: Jim Lidstone

Meet Jim Lidstone, the Director of Live Healthy Baldwin in the Baldwin County community. He is a #HealthHero because he works to make tangible changes in his community’s environment. Jim understands that physical health is bigger than just telling people to do more physical activity, he works to create opportunities for people to make healthy choices through places to walk, bike, and buy healthy food
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Health Hero Spotlight: Jo Lynn Still

Meet Jo Lynn Still, a local gardener in Washington County. She is our #HealthHero because she is generously allowing us to use her advertising space to promote our healthy messaging campaigns. Through her generosity, her community is able to see messaging that encourages them to EAT more fruits and vegetables, DRINK more water and MOVE at least an hour a day!
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Health Hero Spotlight: Mark Bowen

Meet Mark Bowen, a Farm Truck Manager in Savannah. He is a #HealthHero because he works to bring community members together and involve them in decision making around food systems in their community. He wants to encourage those that already live healthy lifestyles to organize events for children, the elderly, institutions, and other people in the community instead of sticking in their own bubble. We are grateful for his giving heart and hard work!
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Health Hero Spotlight: Joe Sheppard

Meet Joe Sheppard the owner of Sheppard’s Food and Gas Mart at in Savannah. Joe is our #HealthHero because he offers healthy options for his customers at an affordable price. When asked why he advocates for his community’s wellness, he said, “We have to teach the parents the importance of healthy eating, particularly in West Savannah, where healthier options are limited.” Go check out his store if you are in the area and give him a big THANK YOU for helping his community!
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Health Hero Spotlight: Katy Tedford

Meet Katy Tedford, Family Engagement Specialist at Oglethorpe Elementary. She is a HealthMPowers #HealthHero because she knows the importance healthy snacks play in children’s lives. For field day this year she encouraged the administration and parents to serve nutritious snacks as opposed to candy like they have in the past. It was a big hit! Way to go, Ms. Tedford!
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Health Hero Spotlight: Coach Graham

Meet Coach Graham PE teacher at Tara Elementary. He is a HealthMPowers #HealthHero because he is a positive role model for the students and staff at his school. He knows from personal experience what it is like to struggle in school and understands that physical activity can be a positive and supportive outlet. Coach believes the “gym is his sanctuary” and his love of physical activity is contagious!
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Health Hero Spotlight: Allana Caslin

Meet Allana Caslin, the P.E. teacher at Hawthorne Elementary. She is our #HealthHero because of the way she goes above and beyond her duties. On top of teaching P.E., she also has an alter-ego “Ms. Be Well” that appears on her student’s morning announcements to feature new healthy fruits and vegetables and answer student’s questions from a special mailbox! Swipe to see her transformation from Ms. Be Well to super PE teacher!
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Health Hero Spotlight: Jamie Parker

Meet #HealthHero Jamie Parker, the upper grades PE Teacher at Eddie White Academy. Jamie knows the importance of implementing a healthy lifestyle at an early age. She encourages her students to start working on healthy habits TODAY in hopes that they will follow them through the rest of their lives. When asked who inspired her to become a PE teacher, she said her parents because they were always active and encouraged her to be as well. Jamie wants to share that same love of activity and sports with her students!
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Health Hero Spotlight: Kendrick Davis

Meet Kendrick Davis, the Nutrition Manager at Eddie White Academy. Kendrick is a HealthMPowers #HealthHero because he takes spreading the health and nutrition message beyond the cafeteria! Kendrick received a grant to fund the creation of a school garden because he believes that “kids should be able to experience different flavors and herbs”. He wants kids to see where their food comes from and how it grows. Pictured with him is his “sturdy mint plant” that survived our cold winter this year.
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Health Hero Spotlight: Tricia Wells

Meet Tricia Wells from Oliver Elementary. She is a member of her school’s HealthMPowers School Health Team and is a champion for student health. After her first year on the School Health Team, she says she has “caught the HealthMPowers bug” and has a lot of exciting ideas on how to integrate health in to her school’s environment. Tricia understands the power that kids have in their family and that healthy habits and change can happen when children encourage their families to be healthier!
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Health Hero Spotlight: 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 she shares that love with all of her club members!
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Health Hero Spotlight: Coach D

Meet Coach D who is inspiring youth and changing lives on a daily basis. Coach D is a true #HealthHero at Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club. He is a health and nutrition advocate who knows positive health changes take time, “It may be a slow change, but it IS changing.” Thank you, Coach D, for empowering a healthy future for youth!
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All Hands In: Joseph B. Whitehead

Joseph B. Whitehead, a Boys and Girls Club located in Fulton County, implemented wellness strategy at their club around their garden. Excitement of the garden grew as the garden thrived after the spring planting of kale, tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers.

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Engaging Students in Gardening: Stoneview Elementary School

Stoneview Elementary is a partnering HealthMPowers school. One of their school objectives was to have all students at their elementary school participate in growing, cultivating, and consuming healthy fruits and vegetables in the school’s community garden.
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Georgia Walk to School Day: Oak Hill Middle School

To reach their school wellness goal, Oak Hill Middle School hosted ribbon cutting ceremony for a pedestrian bridge to encourage physical activity by safely walking to school. The school participated in GA walk to school day on March 8, 2017!

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Teachers Lead Physical Activity: Little Ones Learning Center

Little Ones 4Little Ones Learning Center had a goal to increase the teacher-led physical activity of their students. Without trained physical education staff and a shortage of outdoor equipment, Early Childhood Program Administrator Wande Okunoren-Meadows knew that some major changes would have to be made. She partnered with HealthMPowers and together they provided the teachers with the training and resources necessary to make some creative physical activity changes.

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