Move Alabama – move more in March

Published 3:01 pm Friday, February 23, 2024

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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System invites the entire Butler County community during the month of March to participate in the Move Alabama community activity challenge. 

“Move Alabama is a collaborative effort between SNAP-Ed and EFNEP at Auburn University,” said Terronda Fields, SNAP-Ed educator. “And it encourages individuals to embrace an active lifestyle with family, friends, and neighbors.” 

Supplemental Nutrition Program education (SNAP-Ed) provides information on nutrition and obesity prevention. Auburn University’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a nutrition education program for low-income families. 

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Interested participants are encouraged to visit the Extension Office, located at 101 S. Conecuh St, across from the courthouse, or at different locations throughout the county to pick up printed challenge flyers. The flyers provide simple ways to integrate more physical activity into daily life, making it easy for everyone to participate. 

As a bonus, area residents can bring their completed challenge flier to the Extension office, Sweet Heart Alabama, Georgiana City Hal, or McKenzie City Hall for a chance to win prizes. Individuals can also visit the Move Alabama Facebook page, where they can download the challenge flier and engage collectively with others who are moving more in March.

“We want to see your pictures, selfies and videos, so be sure to use #movealabama and tag Butler County-Alabama Extension,” Fields added.

In addition to the general challenge, participants will have the exciting opportunity to engage in a local Pop-Up Challenge, walking their way through Downtown Greenville, from the Court House to Hill Top. Local participating businesses will display the Move Alabama Egg in their windows or on the inside. 

The challenge is to walk to all the downtown businesses, take a picture or video next to the Egg, post it on Facebook, and tag Butler County – Alabama Extension and #movealabama. 

“These challenges are thoughtfully designed to raise awareness about specific areas within our communities where increased physical activity is not only beneficial but also attainable for all,” added Fields.

Danan Whiddon, who owns Sweet Heart Alabama, located downtown, said she is excited for the event and knows just how she will begin her own participation. 

“The first weekend in March is also the medieval fantasy festival,” Whiddon said. “That’s a great way to start because you’re already walking a lot and moving around.”

For more information about Move Alabama, including details on the challenge and local Pop-Up Challenges, please contact Rachel Turner at the Butler County Extension Office at 334-382-5111.