Healthy Foods - Healthy Living Program
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The MLK Avenue Redevelopment Corporation’s Healthy Foods – Healthy Living Program, funded by a grant from the J.L. Bedsole Foundation, makes healthy foods readily accessible to low to moderate-income participants of its Affordable Homes Program. By having healthy food choices nearby, program participants can eat foods that are good for them while reducing their chances of becoming overweight or obese. By maintaining a healthy weight, participants will likely reduce their risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition to eating healthy foods, participants are encouraged to incorporate regular physical activity into their daily lives. Adults are encouraged to do at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days per week. Youth are encouraged to do at least 60 minutes of varying physical activities five days per week.
The program includes four gardening classes conducted by representatives from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and the installation of two raised vegetable beds per yard with soil and seedlings. Participants must: (1) to attend a one-hour orientation; (2) assist ACES staff during the beds installation and seed plantings; (3) work the garden regularly to keep it thriving; and (4) help at least five future participants install their beds.