Four new murals added to downtown businesses

Published 1:29 pm Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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Atmore area residents and visitors alike aren’t going to miss the newest murals downtown.

Dothan Muralist Wes Hardin, who has done previous murals in the city, was hard at work painting murals at Creek Clean, Atmore Farm Center, Addictive Fitness and The Publican.

The murals include a vintage photo, “Sweet Home Alabama,” an assortment of flowers and…

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Hardin said he uses Nova Color paints, which are water based and made for murals.

The murals are a part of a project that was a part an ALProHealth grant, which is an obesity prevention and reduction program that’s focused on increasing community health, according to the Alabama Extension Service’s website. The program is implemented through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University in 13 counties that have a high adult obesity prevalence. At present, funded county participants include Barbour, Bullock, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Greene, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Sumter and Wilcox counties.

The goal of the program is to increase access to healthier foods and opportunities for safe and affordable physical activity by empowering people to lead the charge in their communities, according to the ACES.

Additionally, QR codes will be posted by United Bank at each of the murals, and will include dietary and other helpful information, according to Atmore Advance archives.

A mural was painted at Atmore Florist, and the colors and design reflect Main Street Atmore’s branding campaign. The mural was painted earlier this year.

ALProHealth is funded by the High Obesity Program (HOP) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO). Funding for this program began in October 2014 and is currently projected to continue through September 2023.