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.

"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 New Nutrition Facts Label: What’s in it for You?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) has updated the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods for the first time in 20 years. The new label is based on the latest nutrition research and evidence-based guidelines found in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It also features cosmetic updates that make it easier for modern Americans to make informed choices that best serve their health and nutrition needs. Calories and serving size are displayed in larger, bold font. Serving sizes have been updated to reflect the amount that Americans typically eat or drink in one sitting, not how much one "should" eat. Multiple serving packages must include nutrition information per serving and per container. Percent Daily Values (%DV) have also been changed to reflect more recent dietary recommendations, and modifications have been made to nutrients listed to better serve the needs of modern Americans.

See these FDA resources for more details on these changes:

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.

2018 State Report Cards on Active Kids and Communities

This 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.

Page last updated: September 8, 2020