From Mobile to Birmingham to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama is known for historical landmarks from the Civil Rights Movement, beautiful beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and enthusiastic fans cheering for the University of Alabama and Auburn sports teams.
But aside from the state’s many appeals, it also faces a serious problem: 35 percent of Alabama youth are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
Additionally, the significant racial and ethnic disparities that exist in obesity prevalence among U.S. children are pronounced in Alabama’s diverse communities: More than a quarter of the state’s residents are Black or African American.*
Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The JPB Foundation, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
*Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Our Work in Alabama
• Healthy Schools Program locations• Healthy Out-of-School Time locations
In Alabama, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
More than 530 schools serving over 284,000 students across the state have joined the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, Alabama schools have been recognized with 46 National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
We’ve also made it easier for nearly 730 youth in out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more.
As part of our work to reduce calorie consumption along with the country’s three largest soda manufactures, each beverage company is committing to focus its efforts at the community level and specifically in communities where there has been less interest in and/or access to options that help community members reduce their calorie intake. Communities within the Montgomery, Alabama area are among the first to see those changes.
Hear from two school champions from just one of the many districts we work with in Alabama: Hoover City School District, enrolled with the Healthy Schools Program since 2008.
“The entire Alliance website is so helpful – so many resources! Penny Edwards was my go-to, but I also appreciated that I had contacts at the Alliance to ask specific questions about physical activity or nutrition. And I got a response within 24 hours.”
Beth Uhlman, Physical Education Teacher, Bluff Park Elementary School, AL
“Students spend the majority of their day at school and often eat breakfast, lunch and a snack at school. We make it a safe environment where kids can learn new behaviors.”
Susan Wood, Former Food Service Director, Hoover City Public Schools, AL
Our Healthy Schools Program Manager lives in Alabama, supporting our work in schools. Hear from her about the impact we’re making in the state.
“We’re helping children in Alabama be active before, during and after school and ensuring that students receive nutrition education so that our children grow up healthy and educated, which will help impact our communities for years to come.”
Penny Edwards, Healthy Schools Program Manager, AL
Watch how Southern states, including Alabama, are helping students to develop healthier habits at school.
Support Our Work in Alabama
For the past 10 years, the Alliance has been a catalyst for improving children’s health. Our evidence-based programs, industry agreements and national experts enable us to directly impact more than 20 million children, with a focus on low-income and minority populations who are at increased risk for obesity and other diseases. Read our story and speak with a member our team to learn more about supporting us in building a healthier generation.