Spring Update


Mission Statement

"Creating a healthier Alabama through obesity reduction and prevention efforts."

Purpose Statement

"The Alabama Obesity Task Force works through collaboration, programs, policy and environmental changes to support and promote healthy lifestyles."

Welcome from Incoming Obesity Task Force Chair, Allison Tubbs

Greetings Alabama Obesity Task Force members and partners! I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve as your Chair for the upcoming year. We have quickly hit the ground running with a successful strategic planning workshop to zero in on our collective focus to make an even greater impact on the health of all Alabamians. The purpose of the Alabama Obesity Task Force is to support and promote healthy lifestyles in Alabama through collaboration, programs, policy changes, and environmental changes. In 2015, we launched the Get Moving Alabama campaign to recognize the importance of physical activity while encouraging physical activity opportunities for everyone. You can learn about the many other highlights of our recent work and collaborations in this newsletter. I encourage you to get plugged in as we work to revamp our committees and join us at one of our four quarterly meetings a year held at various locations across the state. To borrow quote from a former Chair, Kathe Briggs, I plan to unify this “loose band of gypsies” that all have a passion for reducing the obesity epidemic in Alabama.

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Did You Know?

Alabama has the fifth highest adult obesity rate at 33 percent, up from 22 percent in 2000 and from 11 percent in 1990. Alabama also ranks high in childhood obesity, with obesity rates of 14 percent, 18 percent, and 16 percent of two to four year olds from low-income families, 10 to 17 year olds, and high school students, respectively.

Unfortunately, high obesity rates also mean high incidences of obesity-related health issues. Currently, 13 percent of Alabamians are living with type II diabetes and 40% are living with hypertension (high blood pressure). Meaning, Alabama has the fourth highest incidence of diabetes and the second highest incidence of hypertension in the nation. Incidence of heart disease, arthritis, and obesity-related cancer is also very high for our state, with heart disease expected to quadruple and obesity-related cancer expected to more than double by the year 2030.

This means that Alabamians have our work cut out for us! One positive thing to note, however, is that obesity rates remained steady for our state this past year, rather than continuing the upward trend. We, the Obesity Task Force, are excited about this small victory, but know that this is only the beginning for our state! We are working hard to encourage a more healthy future for our residents by improving Nutrition and Physical Activity habits among our residents!

Check out some of the exciting things happening around our state and learn more about how YOU CAN GET INVOLVED below! Won't you join us?

Visit the State of Obesity to learn more about Alabama state obesity data, rates and trends.

We Are Making A Difference!

Alabama Healthy Vending Machine Program

The Alabama Healthy Vending Machine Program (AHVMP) is leading the way in improving the foods offered in vending machines, snack shops, cafeterias, corner stores, and checkout lanes.

AHVMP uses the 10-10-5 rule to identify healthy snacks:

  • 200 calories of less per serving - only one serving
  • 10% or less Daily Value of total fat
  • 230mg sodium or less
  • 10% or less Daily Value of total carbohydrate
  • 5% or more Daily Value of at least one: fiber, vitamin D, calcium, potassium, or iron

In addition to the nearly 40 sites across the state of Alabama that are using AHVMP, Public Health Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian Sahra Pak has implemented the program in Solano County California. Here's what she had to say about the program kickoff: "the event was a success! We were able to share Alabama DPH’s wonderful work with our City Mayor, Board of Supervisors and other key persons in the city and county as well as staff and store customers."

Click here for more information on AHVMP, including access to the toolkit, promotional materials, fact sheets, etc.

Solano County California Encouraging Residents to Make a "Good Choice"

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Scale Back Alabama

Scale Back Alabama encourages Alabamians to eat healthy, move more, and lose weight while having fun. The program kicked off it's 10th year with a Guinness World Record Attempt for "The Most People on One Scale" in January 2016. The current record is 130 people, but 157 brave souls gathered at Sabel Steele in Montgomery, Alabama for the record breaking event. While official results from Guinness are pending, the program persists with planning for 2017.

Get on board today! Start planning early to be a program coordinator. Visit scalebackalabama.com for details.

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Encouraging Alabamians to Increase their Physical Activity

Get Moving Alabama

Let's Play! Activate. Empower. Inclusivize

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) partnered with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) for an educational and activity based training on inclusive and adapted physical education/activity. Disability awareness information, inclusive physical education tactics, and Paralympic sports taught in the physical education setting are just a few of the topics that were covered at the training, which was hosted at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham. Breakout sessions provided attendees with a wealth of resources and tools to build healthy, inclusive elementary and secondary schools!

2016 Alabama Employee Health and Fitness Walk

“Get Moving Alabama” was the theme for the 2016 Alabama Employee Health and Fitness Walk which was held on Friday, May 13, 2016, at the State Capitol. The walking event targeted worksites located in Montgomery to encourage employees and others to get up and move throughout the work day as part of an active lifestyle. The goal of this annual event is to encourage physical activity in the workplace and promote healthy habits.

Approximately 300 walkers participated in the event setting their own pace as they completed the one-mile walk. Health and fitness vendors shared related information and provided health screenings to event participants.

The event was sponsored by the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Governor’s Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports, the Alabama State Employees’ Insurance Board (SEIB) and the Alabama Sports Festival (ASF) Foundation.

2016 Alabama Senior Olympics

Get Moving Alabama continued in a big way for the 2016 Alabama Senior Olympics held in Trussville and Hoover this past April and May. Over 450 athletes from 7 different states participated in sports ranging from Track and Field, Swimming, 3 on 3 basketball, Pickleball, Table tennis, Archery,Tennis, Golf and more. This event is a qualifier for athletes 50 years and older who want to participate in next years 2017 National Senior Olympics to be held in Birmingham with close to 12,000 athletes from around the country are expected to compete. More seniors are participating in team and individual sports in Alabama than ever before , just another example of how Alabamians are getting moving, no matter the age.

For more information, check out the Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness!

Medal Winners for Senior Olympics Swimming

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Senior Olympics Pickleball

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National Walk @ Lunch Day was celebrated on April 27, 2016 at Linn Park in Birmingham!

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And was also celebrated on April 20, 2016 at the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.

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The Physical Activity Summit was hosted on February 26, 2016.

On February 26, 2016 over 160 physical activity professionals gathered at Restore First United Methodist Church of Alabaster for the Get Moving Alabama Physical Activity Summit. National, state and local speakers shared tips, tools and actions to promote a healthy lifestyle through the creation and encouragement of physical activity opportunities for everyone in Alabama. One of the highlights of the day was a panel of Alabama Mayors sharing how their cities have embraced and promoted physical activity. Attendees were active throughout the day moving between a variety of concurrent sessions on topics ranging from a school resource fair, increasing access to safe and affordable physical activity, bike share program, spiritual wellness, breakfast and exercise, the performance triad and optimizing learning readiness through movement. Keynotes included a representative from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition sharing information on national programs and the state AARP director discussing the livability index in Alabama cities.

How livable is your community? Find out by visiting the AARP Livability Index!

Get Moving Alabama Physical Activity Summit

Mayor's Models of Movement Panel

The Mayor’s Models of Movement Panel featured at the 2016 Get Moving Alabama Summit was a great success! The following communities were represented by their mayor and/or city representative as follows: Rainsville, AL- Mayor Nick Jones, Birmingham, AL – Mayor William Bell, Huntsville, AL – Mayor Tommy Battle, Montgomery, AL- Director of Public Information and External Affairs, Michael Briddell, and Alabaster, AL- Mayor Marty Handlon. Each mayor shared the biggest initiatives currently going on in their city to promote a healthier lifestyle among their citizens as well as long-term visions for their communities. All of the mayors agreed that multiple partnerships with community organizations are the key to success for implementing a long-term program that community members will invest in. The discussion ended with each mayor sharing their favorite ways to get active whether it’s playing with their grandchildren, doing yoga, being active in sports, or walking through their community. Many thanks to each and every mayor for their participation in this great event!

Miriam J. Gaines Leadership Award

Physical Activity Summit Attendees

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Governor Bentley Proclaims 2016 as the Year to Get Moving Alabama!

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You're Invited to the Obesity Task Force Meeting!

Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 9-11am

1812 Alabama 157, Cullman, AL, United States

Please join us for the upcoming Obesity Task Force Meeting and hear from dynamic speaker(s)! You'll also have the opportunity to begin making a difference in our state by joining a committee work-group! RSVP today!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Mark Your Calendar!

Add these upcoming Obesity Task Force Meetings to your calendar!

OTF Quarterly Meeting- December 7, 2016

Cullman Regional

Professional Office Building 2 – Colonel Cullman Room

1912 Alabama Highway 157

Cullman, Alabama 35058

OTF Quarterly Meeting- February 9, 2017


RSA Tower Suite 1880

201 Monroe St.

Montgomery, AL 36102

Get Social!

Be on the lookout for more exciting things happening across the state as part of the Get Moving Alabama Campaign. Be sure to follow us on social media and use #GetMovingAL to share with us!
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