“Eat Healthy, Be Active” fights obesity in Alabama

“Eat Healthy, Be Active” fights obesity in Alabama

(WTVM) - A team of Alabama cooperative extension system educators is conducting "Eat Healthy, Be Active" workshops throughout the state to address poor eating habits and physical inactivity.

These problems set Alabama apart as the fourth most obese state in the country.

"Eat Healthy, Be Active" was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and launched in Alabama in January.

It offers six one-hour workshops, and teaches participants nutrition – for example, different seasonings to avoid using salt – as well as a physical activity portion to not let exercising become a chore.

"Most importantly, we want to teach and equip people with the right tools on how to eat and how maintain physical activity so they can have a higher quality of life," said Dr. Onikia Brown, assistant professor at Auburn University.

Eat Healthy, Be Active's goal is to conduct these workshops in every one of Alabama's 67 counties by the end of 2013. These workshops are free of charge.

If you are interested in participating in one, contact your county's local Alabama cooperative extension office.

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