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Randolph County Extension Office recently conducted a five-week program on Eat Healthy, Be Active for its residents.

"The program was very successful," said Randolph County Extension Coordinator Tiffany Moore. "Nineteen residents took part, and after five weeks of training, 12 out of 19 completed the program."

Moore and Sharon Haynes, regional Extension agent, served as instructors. The program was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The research-based workshops are designed for individuals and families to come together in a fun and interactive setting to learn about eating healthier and putting more activity into their everyday life. The workshops, each lasting one hour, are designed to encourage participants to make healthier choices. They learn about foods to increase and decrease, how to balance calories and many more nutrition and health-related topics.

Alabama has one of the highest rates of obesity in nation – a problem that contributes to other chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Alabama Cooperative Extension System educators are striving to introduce Alabamians of all ages and backgrounds to lifestyle practices they must adopt to avoid obesity and other factors that contribute to chronic disease.