Healthy Cents

Healthy Cents

Healthy Cents program logo: green apple with "Healthy Cents" text in the center.

Healthy Cents combines nutrition education and food resource management principles to encourage limited resource families to make healthy food choices on a limited budget. Each lesson corresponds to one of the following thematic areas:

  • Making Healthy Choices on a Budget
  • Decreasing Food Expenses
  • Developing a Food Budget
  • Planning a Meal
  • Food Shopping on a budget”
  • Developer/Author

    Erin Braunscheidel Duru, Stephanie K. Grutzmacher, Jinhee Kim, Lisa Lachenmayr, Lauren A. Messina, Carol Miller, Ashley Munger


    University of Maryland Extension Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE)

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    Material Cost
    Evidence base / Evaluation
    A pilot study conducted for this resource
    Evaluation Framework Indicators & Evaluation Activities

    “The Healthy Cents curriculum was piloted in the following 5 Maryland counties from November 2011 through May 2012: Allegany, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's, and St. Mary's. Pilot educators provided curricular review and evaluative data to inform revisions of the Healthy Cents curriculum.”

    Curricula & Lesson Plans, 
    Direct Education
    Target Audience
    Parents / Mothers / Fathers
    Has this material been used by a SNAP-Ed program?
    SNAP-Ed Behavioral Objectives
    Dietary Guidelines for Americans Food Groups
    Decreasing Sugar, Sodium, and Saturated Fat
    Food Insecurity/Food Assistance
    Web Site
    Available Language(s)
    SNAP-Ed Intervention Channels
    Adult Education
    Community Organizations for Adults
    Emergency Food Assistance/Food Banks/Food Pantries
    Faith Centers
    Indian Tribal Organizations
    Other Programs (Women, Infants, Children (WIC), Child Nutrition, etc.)
    Shelters/Adult Rehabilitation Centers
    Worksites/Job Training sites/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    Is this material available to order?