Normal, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit is taking its first steps toward “Building a Culture of Health” by leading a health and wellness initiative across the state of Alabama. During the week of April 24-28, Extension staff from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU), Auburn University, and Tuskegee University will conduct various local or county-based activities, such as open houses, wellness walks, health fairs, exhibits, workshops and other educational activities. These activities have the potential of reaching residents in all 67 counties in Alabama.
National Health Initiative
“Building a Culture of Health” is the name of a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Alabama Extension Associate Director Dr. Celvia Stovall, who has been actively involved on the RWJF Grant Core Leadership Team, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Healthy Food Systems, and the Healthy People Steering Committee says, “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is expected to launch an unprecedented partnership with Cooperative Extension to build a national culture of health starting with 1,000 communities over the next 10 years. Until then, there is much that we can do in the lives of people on campus and in our beloved communities.”
For nearly 113 years, Extension has educated diverse national populations on various topics including health and wellness, which makes it an ideal partner for the RWJF and other local, state and national organizations.
For more information about this initiative, contact Dr. Andrea Morris at (256) 372-8082 or Kim Burgess-Neloms at (256) 372-4585.
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