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Conversation on health and wellness

News Staff Report

In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a five-year grant to Alabama Extension at Auburn University to increase access to healthier foods and safe, affordable places for physical activity. The project, ALProHealth, aims to support community coalitions in 13 Alabama counties with an adult obesity prevalence of greater than 40 percent. Escambia County falls into this category.
On Thursday, January 17, Anthony Wiggins, county extension coordinator with the Escambia County Extension office, hosted a Community Conversation to discuss the health and wellness of the community.
The meeting was led by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life (DMC) and helped identify and map key community assets and challenges.
Facilitating the meeting were Cristin Brawner and Gabrielle Lamplugh with the David Matthews Center, and Ruth Brock and Mitch Carter with Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Other community members attending were Mayor Jim Staff, Bub Gideons, Emily Wilson, Tom Tschida, Sherry Digmon and Emilee Waters.