Nutrition and Physical Activity

Nutrition and Physical Activity DivisionThe Nutrition and Physical Activity (NPA) Division implements nutrition and physical activity interventions, and promotes policy and environmental initiatives to increase the number of Alabamians who maintain a healthy weight, eat balanced meals, and are physically active. Learn more about the NPA's initiatives.

The division, located within the Bureau of Professional and Support Services, serves as the link to external partners that have similar interests in healthy lifestyles.

2019 Alabama Employee Health & Fitness Walk teams with National Walk @ Lunch Day

Grab your walking shoes, and make your plans to participate in the annual Employee Health & Fitness Walk on May 3rd. This day is aimed at promoting awareness for the benefits of physical activity and improving overall employee health and wellness. This event will include a one-mile "Fun Walk" around the State Capitol and will offer MULTIPLE START TIMES. Vendors will share health and fitness information beginning at 10:00 a.m. and snacks and drinks will be available at the finish line after each scheduled walk. Prizes will be available after the event - you do not need to be present to win.

  • Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Location: State Capitol (South Lawn), 600 Dexter Avenue
  • Scheduled Walks: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.
  • Visit with Vendors: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Walk Route: Starts and ends at the Avenue of Flags (circular drive)

Register for the walk today!

Employee Health & Fitness Walk T-Shirt Order Form (Deadline to Order: April 17)

This event is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports, the ASF Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, and the State Employees' Insurance Board.

2018 State Report Cards on Active Kids and Communities

A new report out from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the Y, Making Strides: 2018 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities, analyzes state policy in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia to provide a snapshot of each state’s support for walking, biking, and physical activity. The report cards look at 27 indicators of support across four key areas: Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning and Support.

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns--the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. The Guidelines are available now at

"This institution is a equal opportunity provider". The NPA Division participates in the SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Program with the United States Department of Agriculture. Read full nondiscrimination statement.

The Importance of Nutrition and Physical Activity

Nutrition and physical activity are important considerations in health areas such as:

  • Risk factors for chronic disease
  • Related cancers
  • Preventative measures

Visit Why is Nutrition and Physical Activity Important? for more information.


Page last updated: April 8, 2019