Starting in fall 2014, the City of Alexandria will be providing 100% healthy snacks and beverages in vending machines though out city buildings. The initiative aims to support both employee, and community health and wellbeing.
The Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria’s Childhood Obesity Action Network (A-COAN) released a report titled ‘Toward an End to Hunger in Alexandria.’ This report was commissioned by A-COAN in collaboration with a variety of Alexandria organizations.
The study that resulted in the report was funded by a grant from Kaiser Permanente, and was conducted by two experts in the field of food hardship.
The study’s purpose was to examine food hardship in the community as well as to identify barriers and solutions to providing more assistance to this population. The study looked specifically at the emergency food assistance system in Alexandria, individuals’ access to and use of government food assistance programs, and private sector food assistance initiatives.
Project Play is part of the Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network (ACOAN), working to improve play opportunities for children in the City of Alexandria, Virginia. The group has launched its interactive website to help Alexandria residents find opportunies and places to play throughout the city.
We are accepting nominations for the "Healthy Workplace Award," a new awards program to recognize Alexandria employers that promote healthy lifestyles at the workplace. To assist employers identify and address habits that promote obesity, the A-COAN website features a checklist of healthy workplace habits and a description of concrete steps employers can take to make the healthy choice the easy choice for their employees.
Starting May 4, Old Town Market in Alexandria will join Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market in accepting SNAP. Later in the summer, the Old Town Market expects to start a bonus dollar program, supported by A-COAN, that will double the first ten dollars SNAP customers spend at the market each week.
During Summer and Fall 2011, we worked to better understand barriers to play in our community through a community-wide playground assessment, focus groups, and a photovoice project. Check out the results of the assessment! If you are interested in getting involved, the Project Play Task Force will be meeting on March 22, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA.