Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-ED)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Nutrition Education (SNAP-Ed) supports nutrition education for persons eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which is the former Food Stamp Program. In 2010, with the signing of the Hunger-Free Kids Act, SNAP-Ed was included in the establishment of a nutrition education and obesity prevention program. Emphasis on obesity prevention, in addition to nutrition education, seeks to improve SNAP-Ed and its ability to address the critical problem of obesity, especially its effects on low-income Americans.
The SNAP-Ed goal is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the food guidance, My Plate.
The focus of SNAP-Ed is:
Health promotion to help SNAP eligible establish healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle; and,
Primary prevention of diseases to help SNAP eligible that have risk factors for diet-related chronic disease prevent or postpone the onset of disease by establishing healthier eating habits and being more physically active.
SNAP-Ed focuses on key objectives:
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables, at least half your grains whole grains, and switch to fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;
Increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors as part of a healthy lifestyle; and,
Maintain appropriate calorie balance during each stage of life---childhood, adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and older age.
SNAP-Ed is delivered directly through group and individual interactive learning opportunities and indirectly through the distribution of print and video materials. The program strives to include cultural components into teaching with emphasis on using traditional foods and maintaining and active lifestyle through gardening.
SNAP-Ed is currently offered at the tribal sites of: Bad River, Lac du Flambeau, Red Cliff, St. Croix and Stockbridge-Munsee.
SNAP-Ed Connection: http://snap.nal.usda.gov/national-snap-ed
Food Share in Wisconsin: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodshare/index.htm
Nutrition Resources for American Indian/Alaska Natives PDF
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