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A Story from the County Jail

Healthy You recently taught an Active Relationships class at the Houston County jail. The women who partcipated in the class had a chance to learn how to manage emotional triggers, how to communicate and most importantly, they learned that they have core value. Healthy You teaches these classes in four state prison facilities throughout the year. Rebecca shared her story with the instructors:

"For several years, my life has been an uphill battlegroud with alcohol. I've been in and out of jail. I felt hopeless. I looked for treatment several times, but to me, AA was a way of helping me get out of trouble with the law, just to get the signatures and move on. However, this last arrest opened my eyes a little wider so that I could see. At this time, I got serious about the way I was living my life. Of course, I started AA again but I took it serously this time. I even started courses through the chaplain at the jail. That all helped and on the day the chaplain came in the dorm and announced that he has started a class and if we wanted to go, come on. I decided to go. It was the best decision I ever made. The class changed my life. "Active Relationships" helped me look at life in dfferent ways, not only from my point of view, but from others as well. I learned how valuable I am. I now know what I do affects others, my kids being number one. My whole outlook on life has changed. I take time to think before I do anything. The class really changed my life in a few short weeks. The instructors are caring and understanding. They didn't look at me as a prisoner, they treated me with respect and caring. Taking AA and this class is what I needed, because both of them together gave me a new life, a better way of living. Now I can be the woman God wants me to be!"






Genesis II Welcomes First Resident

After a summer of hard work, Genesis II transitional home welcomed the first resident in September. This transitional home offers specialized services for formerly incarcerated women, including help with employment, educational goals and family reunification. Over 75 women return to the Dothan community from prison each month. The mission of Genesis II is to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fibers of our community. 

Back to School with Healthy You

School is in full swing, and Healthy You is back in the classrooms teaching students aobut their own core value. 

The Active Relationships for Young Adults class is being taught in both city and county high schools. These classes will be taught to approximately 2,000 students during this school year. Topic covered include healthy communciation, dealing with emotions, money management and relationship skills.

Each month, volunteers visit local elementary school classes to challenge students to integrate value words into their lives. This is part of the Chic Fil A Core Essentials program. Words include respect, responsibility, creativity and more. 

Healthy relationship education is at the heart of every Healthy You program. By instilling a sense of self worth in participants, students can create positive change in their school culture. 

Support Healthy You by Shopping!

Do you shop on Amazon.com? Now your shopping can support Healthy You! To participate, visit www.smile.amazon.com and log in using your Amazon username and password. From there, you can select the charity you would like to support. Choose Healthy You Inc in Dothan. Then just shop as usual!

UpTeens Show Respect to Local Police and Fire

Healthy You UpTeens showed their respect for local fire and police departments. Teens delivered baked goods and visited with police and fire, thanking them for the work they do in the community.
UpTeen is a teen leadership program of Healthy You Inc. Students from Rehobeth, Wicksburg, Northview, Dothan and Ashford High Schools were nominated for the program to receive leadership training and participate in meetings. During the school year, UpTeens lead the ReConnect program, part of Chick Fil A’s Core Essentials ®. This influential group of students lead the effort to infuse values in their own culture at school and in the community using a particular word to focus on each month.

From left to right: Firefighter Dustin Mendheim, Kennedy Smallwod, Devon Dye, Tucker Meadows, Elizabeth Miller, Firefighter Grant Hendrix, McKenzie Dalton, Captain Kevin Knight, Alex Reynolds, Sargent Phillip Anderson, Madison Davis, Sargent Chris Gomez. 

Fatherhood Buzz Event Continues to Thrive

On September 6, eight local barbarshops in Dothan and three shops in Mobile participated in the national Fatherhood Buzz program. Fathers and sons came in for a haircut and received valuable information on the importance of active fathers in the lives of their children. Special thanks to WTVY, Mobile Health Department, Dothan Shops: His and Hers Barber and Beauty, Styles Unlimited, H Town Barbershop, Squirt and Louie's Perfect Cut, DJ's Classic Cuts, Who's Next Barbershop and Beauty Salon, Upper Kuts and Cutz by Stalk. Mobile shops: Blend Masters, Bladez Barbershop and Blending Endz.