Bibb County Bibb County (Macon) the “Heart of Georgia”, a clever nick name given to the county due to its central location in the state. However, the growing obesity rates are a concern for their population. The urban development of the county has created food insecurity and food deserts, leading to less access to healthy foods and leaving low income populations wondering where their next full meal will come from. One of the goals of Bibb County Family Connection is to decrease rates of obesity in Bibb county through various avenues including direct education to the population. 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/ Bibb County Partnerships Community Partners Food Outlets 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. 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. 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. 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! Contact Aneta Lee or Kristina Hyland for the location, date and time of adult nutrition education classes in this community. Success Story While Community Engagement Specialist, Kristina Hyland, was conducting a store check in at My Store, a customer came up to her asking about the marketing images displayed near the produce. She explained that she does not normally buy much fresh fruit or vegetables because it goes bad before she can finish it, but after seeing the marketing signs near the bananas she decided to purchase a few of the fresh fruit. Talk about a success!! Community Photos Community Engagement Specialists at HealthMPowers teach nutrition education classes at all types of locations. Aneta Lee teaches a class on reading food labels at an event for senior citizens at the Rosa Jackson Recreation Center. Before and After Photos Before working with HealthMPowers, My Store, a grocery store on Pio Nono Avenue, the beverage isle in the store consisted only of sugary drinks. After working with HealthMPowers we were able to clear a space for water to be sold in the beverage isle as well. This is a win for increasing selling of water! 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.