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WIC Nutrient Infographics

2024 WIC. USDA.

A healthy eating routine can help boost the health of WIC participants today and in the years to come! These one-page infographics (available in 14 languages) highlight the importance of key nutrients and how participants can get them from WIC foods.

Nevada Women in Recovery take Healthy Steps to Freedom

Mar 05, 2024

After completing the 10-week Healthy Steps to Freedom lessons, 70% of women assessed made healthier choices, 47% increased physical activity, 54% improved in body image acceptance and 49% reported desiring a higher ideal weight. These changes allow for a healthier recovery.

Shop Smart, Eat Smart Virginia

Aug 10, 2023

In 2018, a SNAP-Ed Extension Agent in southwest Virginia, from Shop Smart, Eat Smart, cold called a store manager hoping to start a partnership. Looking back, the Extension Agent thought this approach may have been overwhelming for the store manage, but it worked!

Create Better Health Online Course

May 15, 2023

The Utah State University Extension Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) Online Course is a thorough, cost-saving, and effective on-demand educational delivery option, shown to positively impact families’ eating and physical activity behaviors.

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Food to Grow: Growing a Healthy Future in Hawaii

Apr 18, 2023

More and more people in Hawaii are growing food at home! The University of Hawaii (UH) SNAP-Ed’s Food to Grow (FTG) program is helping. We partner with community agencies to distribute vegetable seedlings, growing instructions, and other resources to community members.

In Tennessee, SNAP-Ed Gives Participants in Alternative Corrections Programs Skills for Healthy Living

Oct 07, 2022

For many people, budgeting, meal planning, and cooking can be a difficult process. For those with previous incarceration, this process can be especially challenging. Tennessee State University’s (TSU) SNAP-Ed program is working with alternative corrections programs to help previous offenders, many who have struggled with substance abuse, gain skills and confidence to plan, shop, and prepare healthy foods.   

Creative Health Solutions for a Louisiana Community Center

Sep 01, 2022

The Washington Parish LSU AgCenter SNAP-Ed program partnered with a community center in Bogalusa, LA to encourage year-round physical activity and respond to an urgent need for safe drinking water.  They did this by creating hydration stations and providing portable, indoor physical activity mats.

SNAP-Ed Supports the Double Up Food Bucks Debut in Cowley County

Apr 22, 2022

Families visiting the Ark City Farm and Art Market and Walnut Valley Farmers Market can now bring home more healthy food! The Cowley Farmers Market Association (CFMA) launched the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program in 2021 thanks to the leadership of the Family Consumer Science and SNAP-Ed Agent, Becky Reid and Nutrition Educator, Ruth Bumgarter! SNAP recipient users can double their benefits up to $25 per market visit in extra tokens to be used only for locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Food Pantry Clients Try New Foods

Apr 19, 2022

Many Iowa food pantries promote healthy habits! Pantry clients can try new foods through food samplings, recipe kits, and fresh produce donations, thanks to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach SNAP-Ed. 

The Great Potato Harvest 2021

Feb 23, 2022

Baked, boil, mashed, grilled, roasted…oh, there are so many ways to enjoy potatoes! In the fall of 2021, freshly dug potatoes at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) were harvested and sent to food pantries across the state.

Creating A More Accessible Community Health Hub

Feb 23, 2022

Shreveport residents with disabilities now have greater access to fresh produce, preventive healthcare, physical activity, and community involvement. This is thanks to accessibility improvements made at a local community health hub. All residents can now learn how to make healthful lifestyle choices while receiving free health screenings and building meaningful connections with their neighbors.

Eating Well at Home with Elena

Feb 23, 2022

Elena is one person who joined a direct opportunity through SNAP-Ed. Elena is a mom of 4 boys and she had some health concerns in her family, so she jumped at the opportunity to learn about healthy eating on a budget. She was concerned about the amounts of fat, sugar and salt her family was consuming. She wanted to learn healthier alternatives for how to cook for her family rather than how she grew up. 

Increasing Food Access During a Pandemic

Feb 15, 2022

Early in the pandemic, members of the Central Florida Alliance to End Hunger Food Access Working Group realized a growing need for access to healthy food in their community. The group planned for a new produce distribution site in a high-need area of East Winter Garden, Florida.

Overcoming Social Gathering Challenges to Advance Healthy Living during a Pandemic

Feb 15, 2022

Due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, event sponsors were forced to cancel in-person events in 2020. In 2021, COVID-19 remained a threat to the public’s health and in-person gatherings continued to be restricted. The CDPH CalFresh Healthy Living public relations team developed new strategies and tactics, while maintaining the vision of promoting healthy snacks and drinks.

Transition to Virtual Summer Camp Expands Reach of Program

May 17, 2021

The Poe Center for Health Education hosts two week-long Healthy Habits Camp sessions every summer. Kids learn about the importance of nutrition and physical activity through classes, games, gardens, and hands-on cooking experiences. At Healthy Habits Camp, breakfast and lunch are provided through the summer meals program. Additional food tasting occurs with SNAP Ed cooking activities.

Building School District Capacity in Physical Activity Virtually Reaches 18,000 Students!

Mar 16, 2021

Six hundred teachers at Alvord Unified in Riverside County discovered ways to make physical activity breaks fun in the virtual classroom. They used lessons from the CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California Cooperative Extension (CFHL, UCCE) team. The team provided a virtual professional development training for teachers, which helped them effectively reach 18,000 students.

Learning the Alphabet through Edible ABC’s 

Mar 04, 2021

Preschools and other early learning centers are critical settings for obesity prevention efforts. The preschool years are an important time when young children are learning to develop healthy habits. In FY19, Maryland SNAP-Ed partnered with over 213 early education sites and reached 9,561 preschool-aged kids through face-to-face education and multi-level interventions.

Grocery Stores Receive Healthy Drink Recipes

Feb 04, 2021

The goal of Rethink Your Drink Nevada (RYD) is to promote healthy beverage choices and decrease the intake of sugary drinks among households with young, school-age children (6-12 years-old). In 2017, RYD started to work with grocery stores in low-income communities to promote choosing healthy drinks where families shop. The team distributed free recipes for low-cost, simple, and healthy drinks at in-store events.  

Cooking Alone…Together! SNAP-Ed in Massachusetts Reaches New Audiences by Moving Online

Feb 04, 2021

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters in Massachusetts (a SNAP-Ed partner) provides practical food skills education for individuals to purchase and prepare foods that meet their nutrition, budget, and personal needs. Since this program began in Massachusetts in 1994, over 45,000 people learned these crucial skills and found solutions for common struggles such as limited time, money, and feeding picky kids. 

Improving the Health of Aging Nevadans

Jan 29, 2021

Older adults in the state of Nevada are resilient. Despite current social distancing orders, older adults want to continue to improve their health and quality of life. The SNAP-Ed Healthy Aging strategy has continued delivering nutrition and physical education to older adults with the support of contractors, collaborators, and counties in Nevada. 

The Palms Inn Garden: Sowing Seeds, Harvesting Hope

Jan 10, 2021

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa has supported garden revitalization efforts at a local housing site, providing residents with hope and purpose in addition to the fresh grown produce. The garden has already transformed the lives of several residents, and it is only getting started.

Let's Ride! Let’s Eat Healthy! Let’s Have Fun!

Jul 27, 2020

Kids in Jefferson Parish Louisiana are riding their bikes and eating more veggies! Not only did this group of 4th and 5th grade students at Washington STEM Elementary School (WES) learn how to safely ride a bicycle, change and repair a tire tube and read a map, they had fun doing it! The students were proud of their accomplishments, with their teachers and coaches encouraging them, and they learned the importance of physical activity.

Healthy Chinese Cuisine

2019 California Department of Public Health, Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch

This cookbook provides nutritious and delicious recipes (using fruits and vegetables).

 

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Gardening Takes Root in Maine Schools: Kingfield Elementary Kids Grow and Eat their Own Produce in Outdoor Classroom

Jul 26, 2019

From 2015 until 2018, Maine SNAP-Ed and Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County teamed up with the local Master Gardener program and Kingfield Elementary School. They worked together to expand their school garden. Kingsfield is a SNAP-Ed eligible, rural school. Together, they developed a 6-8-week after-school program called Growing Gardeners. 

Power of Produce Club and SNAP-Ed

Dec 14, 2018

The Power of Produce (PoP) Club is a farmers market incentive program for children that originated at Oregon City Farmers Market in Oregon City, Oregon, in 2011. The program has been put into practice at thousands of farmers markets throughout the nation.

White Earth Nation: Partnership with Substance Abuse Programs

Nov 30, 2018

White Earth Nation’s SNAP-Education program partners with the Maternal Outreach and Mitigation (MOMs) Program. This outpatient program helps moms gain the skills they need to overcome drug addictions. The SNAP-Ed program is successful because it meets specific nutrition education needs. Clients receive culturally grounded nutrition information to help them follow a healthy diet after achieving sobriety. They also learn to cook for themselves and their children. 

Leveraging Technology to Deliver Tailored SNAP-Ed Messages

Oct 31, 2018

UCONN School and Family SNAP-Ed collaborated with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford for this project. This project supports healthy behaviors in high-need children receiving healthcare in the urban Pediatric Emergency Department (PED). When they visit, PED, children and families enjoy a fun online survey about dietary behaviors. Based on their responses, the family receives unique diet and physical activity messages.

#FoodFriday Healthy Recipe Videos

Oct 26, 2018

SNAP-Ed at Auburn University launched the #FoodFriday Healthy Recipe Videos initiative in 2017. Short videos were developed for people with limited-resources. The videos are visually appealing, easy-to-prepare healthy recipes. These videos give Alabama Extension one more tool to support community members. 

SC Plants the Seed

Oct 15, 2018

SC Plants the Seed brings together nutrition education, increasing access to fresh produce, USDA Summer Food Service Program, and literacy.

Vetri Community Partnership: Eatiquette 360

Oct 15, 2018

Eatiquette 360 educates students and supports healthy lifestyles for families in Philadelphia school communities. Nationally, students receive an average of 3.4 hours of nutrition education per year. Vetri Community Partnership's Eatiquette 360 program wants to change that in Philadelphia, PA. The Partnership works with local schools in areas where most people are eligible to receive SNAP.  

Ready, Set, Read! UConn Husky Sport

Jul 21, 2018

Ready, Set, Read! is a Husky Sport literacy skill-building program. It is a school-time program and students and their teachers participate. Lessons focus on physical skills, life skills, and nutrition-related skills.

Farmers Market Nutrition Education

Jul 05, 2018

Through the Husky Nutrition Programs’ Farmers' Market Education initiative, Registered Dietitians and UConn students promote the value of fresh produce. This is done by providing farmers market information and free nutrition education to Connecticut residents.

Telephonic Health Coaching Initiative

Jun 18, 2018

The University of Saint Joseph’s (USJ) SNAP-Ed Telephone Health Coaching (THC) Intervention, supports Connecticut residents in making healthier choices and significant changes to their lifestyles. Health coaches at USJ provide the guidance needed to educate and motivate SNAP-Ed clients to meet their health and wellness goals.

Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)

May 14, 2018

Youth-led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) has changed the after-school programs at the YMCA of Honolulu. Teens are now engaged in identifying solutions to the issues they see in their communities.  The approach has built leadership among several dozen teens.

Out of School Time Programs

May 04, 2018

Out of School Time Programs are ideally positioned to engage children in developing healthy lifestyles through hands-on, experiential learning. With specific strategies geared towards this setting, HealthMPowers helps afterschool and summer programs increase access to healthy foods and expand opportunities for youth to be physical active.

Nutrition in Action

May 02, 2018

Children usually look forward to classroom parties filled with sweet treats and sugary beverages.  But this year thanks to Nutrition in Action, the Dickinson Elementary holiday party was filled with fresh fruit and yogurt at the students’ requests!

Let’s Cook! Peña Blanca

May 02, 2018

In many rural communities in New Mexico, parents often work 30-50 miles away from home and students are in extended after school programs. Let’s Cook! Peña Blanca is a part of our larger Kids Cook! (KC!) programming into these rural communities. The programs serve low income families at an after school program at the Peña Blanca Inter-generational Community Center.

Creating a Culture of Wellness in Preschools

Apr 27, 2018

Since 2012, the Culture of Wellness in Preschools (COWP) has worked to prevent early childhood obesity in Colorado. The program has reached over 22,000 children and their families in 140 low-income preschools across 12 counties in Colorado.

Vegetable Tasting Activities

Apr 27, 2018

The Hispanic Health Council SNAP-Ed Program in Connecticut has been implementing vegetable tasting activities at a Mobile Market and at a Farmers Market serving low-income neighborhoods.

Farmers' Market Fresh

Mar 29, 2018

Farmers’ Market Fresh (FMF) is a social marketing campaign for limited-resource consumers at farmers’ markets. The primary goal of this program is to promote fruit and vegetable consumption through farmers’ markets that accept SNAP EBT.

Cooking with Kids

Feb 02, 2018

When kids help make healthy foods, they are excited to try them! Cooking with Kids teaches public school children about the joys of healthy cooking and eating and where their food comes from.

4th Grade Vegetable Core

Feb 02, 2018

Developed to address low vegetable intake levels seen in statewide needs assessment data, the Fourth Grade Vegetable Core intervention includes four lessons with food-tastings, activities, and messaging focused on improving mediators of behavior change (attitude, self-efficacy, preference, and knowledge).

Green Island Gardens

Jan 29, 2018

Youth worked in a community garden and planter program, called the Green Island Gardens (GIG) project. It was a summer job program through Pernet. The goal was to beautify the retail and residential areas in Worchester. Pernet adopted a state-owned island for this project. They committed to maintain the grounds, and grow fresh produce, herbs, and flowers.

Healthy Children, Healthy Families

Jan 18, 2018

Prevalence of childhood obesity is higher (22.4%) in Latino children ages 2-19 years than in non-Latino white children (14%). Obesity rates have recently decreased among 2-5- year- olds nationwide. However, racial and ethnic health disparities persist and indicate the urgency of early prevention efforts in high-risk communities.

UC CalFresh Fresno Helps Transform Challenge into Change

Jan 11, 2018

Poverty combined with high unemployment rates can be a recipe for disaster. Entire families become engulfed in crisis. Rescue the Children (Rescue) is a ministry of the Fresno Rescue Mission. The Mission is a nonprofit that changes lives lost to drug or alcohol addiction. The Mission assists homeless families and women who have been released from prison. Rescue provides an in-house rehabilitation and transition program.

Sustainable School Teaching Garden

Oct 18, 2017

The goal of this project was to engage students and teachers to utilize the garden for more than just learning about flowers by bringing the classroom outdoors to teach subjects like math and science. The garden is used throughout the school day, after school, and during the summer months by a team of enthusiastic teachers and students.

Sustainable Youth Garden for Penobscot Nation

Oct 18, 2017

“This program is a way to bring together children, families, and the community.”—Shaunda Neptune, Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator. In 2016, Maine SNAP-Ed and the River Coalition teamed up with the Penobscot Nation Youth Program to build a community garden.

Eat the Streets: Exposure to Fruits and Vegetables

Oct 18, 2017

The goal of this project was to help people gain access to healthy foods. Beans, cherry tomatoes, and herbs are just a few of the things residents will be able to pick while visiting the park. These planters will also help to maintain an active and attractive downtown.

Edible Main Street: Exposure to Fruits and Vegetables

Oct 17, 2017

The goal is to demonstrate how to grow vegetables and herbs with the hope of inspiring people to grow their own food. This project started with 12 planters and added 4 more in 2016. Each planter has an accompanying educational description and suggested culinary use for its contents.

Maine Harvest Bucks Promotion Project

Oct 17, 2017

Maine Harvest Bucks are nutrition incentives (funded through the USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program) that allow SNAP/EBT shoppers to receive bonus dollars towards the purchase of local fruits and vegetables for every SNAP dollar spent.

Kids Club at Rockland Farmers' Market

Oct 17, 2017

Maine SNAP-Ed teamed up with the market manager and local businesses to offer Kids Club, an interactive summer nutrition education program for youth. In 2016, 72 children participated in Kids Club, with the goal of increasing access to fruits and vegetables and encouraging interaction with local farmers—creating lifelong farmers’ market customers in Knox County.

Gleaning from Farms to the Communities

Oct 17, 2017

**An updated story on this program is available.** Nutrition Educators in Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties partnered with their local food security organizations to distribute gleaned produce to high-need sites throughout the Midcoast. At one low-income housing site, Bath Housing, an estimated 150 individuals received nearly 1,000 pounds of free, fresh, local produce in the summer of 2016.

Sustainable Garden for Low-Income Seniors

Oct 17, 2017

In 2017, Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educators are helping to establish 10 community gardens across the state, including these raised beds. The educator collaborated with the housing site staff and the residents to prepare a garden site, and through local donations, eight raised garden beds were built and seedlings were planted

High Risk Patients Learn Nutrition Skills

Oct 13, 2017

Through collaborations with three key partners, Nutrition Educators have reached a total of 252 high-risk patients in 2015 and 2016 with nutrition education. Patients and their families learn how to shop, cook, and eat healthy on a limited budget.

New Mainers Learn Strategies to Shop, Cook, and Eat Healthy

Oct 12, 2017

“New Mainers,” are from numerous countries of origin and participants have represented at least six different languages. With the support of interpreters, adult and youth participants overcome language and cultural barriers to learn key nutrition concepts. Adult participants learn how to shop and prepare healthy and familiar meals on a limited budget, an essential skill to support adjustment to their new communities.

Plan, Shop, Save, Cook for Homeless Youth

Sep 08, 2017

In the 2016-17 school year nearly 9 percent of the students in Coos Bay School District (CBSD) reported being homeless, including about 130 high school students. For these students, cooking healthy meals isn’t always a top priority.

Illinois Junior Chefs

Sep 08, 2017

Across the state of Illinois, kids aged 8-13 are learning confidence in the kitchen through a hands-on culinary and nutrition education program, Illinois Junior Chefs.

Ready Set Swim!

Aug 11, 2017

The “Ready, Set, Swim” program is a fun and innovative way to combine physical activity, nutrition education, and water safety all in one.

Chickasaw Nation SNAP-Ed Coordinated Programming and Evaluation

Aug 04, 2017

The Eagle Adventure program was developed through a collaboration between the Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services SNAP-Ed Program and the Oklahoma State University in Indian Country for youth and their families after extensive formative research indicated type 2 diabetes as a major concern among parents and elders. The team used the socioecological model (SEM) as the framework for development of the program and evaluation processes.

School Garden at James Elementary School

Jul 26, 2017

Elementary school students in Portales, NM are learning to eat their vegetables and how to grow them. Two programs designed to introduce children to healthy practices have combined to create a garden at James Elementary School.

Multilevel SNAP-Ed Programming in Maryland

Jul 14, 2017

Maryland SNAP-Ed teaches youth in schools how to eat healthy and be physically active. Maryland SNAP-Ed is also referred to as the Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE) Program. The program delivers school-based programming to youth, parents/caregivers, and teachers.

CookShop

May 08, 2017

CookShop helps low-income children and adults to enjoy a healthy diet and active lifestyle. CookShop teaches nutrition and physical activity to participants. The program also teaches cooking skills and enthusiasm for fresh, affordable fruits, vegetables and whole foods.

Eat Smart New York

May 08, 2017

In Eat Smart New York, a Community & School Garden Specialist provides support to identified gardens in schools and communities in high-needs counties and towns.

Brighter Bites 

May 05, 2017

Brighter Bites is a non-profit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, while teaching them how to use and choose a different kind of fast food. We make it fun. We make it free.

Buy Eat Live Better

May 05, 2017

Buy Eat Live Better: Teaches SNAP-Ed eligible youth and adults in the locations that they eat, live, learn, work, play, and shop. Collaborates with community and statewide partners to leverage resources and increase program reach to eligible audiences. Empowers organizations and individuals to create changes in policies, systems, and environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Montanans.

SNAP-Ed, Montgomery County Food Bank 

May 04, 2017

The SNAP-Ed Program promotes nutrition education and healthy eating, helping educate our residents and recipients on the benefits of making healthy choices. Healthy eating and proper nutrition is integral to ensuring a healthier community which is key to ending the cycle of hunger.

Text2BHealthy

Jun 13, 2016

Text2BHealthy is a text message program targeting parents of elementary school students who are currently receiving classroom-based nutrition education. Face-to-face nutrition education is an effective tool in teaching children about fruits and vegetables, but programs often experience difficulty reaching parents.

Heart Smarts

May 13, 2016

Three years ago, Troy used to go his local corner store to grab a soda and a bag of chips. Today, when he visits that same corner store in North Philadelphia he chooses an orange and a bottle of water.

Durham's Innovative Nutrition Education (DINE)

Mar 03, 2016

In schools, DINE is a curriculum series that includes lessons, activities, healthy food tastings, and cooking demonstrations/classes. Nutritionists encourage Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE)s and collaborate with school gardens.

Kid CHEF

Jan 15, 2016

Kid CHEF (Cooking Healthy, Easy Food) is a skills- and knowledge-building program that focuses on teaching children about healthy eating and how to prepare nutritious, easy foods on their own.

The Food Security Project

Mar 26, 2015

The Food Security Project takes a multifaceted approach to improving local food access for low-income individuals and families in Virginia. While the program includes a direct education approach, environmental initiatives are an important aspect of the program.

Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Mar 26, 2015

The Virginia Family Nutrition Program is a comprehensive nutrition education program offered in a variety of settings to both youth and adult audiences. It has resulted in significant dietary behavior change as well as positive nutrition messages.

Youth Understanding MyPlate

Mar 03, 2015

Youth Understanding MyPlate (YUM) is a six lesson curriculum designed to teach children the messages of MyPlate through experiential activities that encourage healthy eating choices.

Food $ense

Dec 08, 2014

Food $ense provides nutrition education to low income adults and youth across the state of Utah. Food $ense reaches participants in all 29 counties across the state. Education classes include nutrition information, cooking demonstrations, and recipe testing. Online classes include nutrition information and cooking demonstration videos.

The Learning Kitchen

Oct 02, 2014

In a series of six lessons, participants learn about balancing and planning healthy meals, stretching food dollars to maximize nutrition, shopping strategies, and cooking techniques. An example lesson includes “Produce and Protein,” with a goal to encourage participants to incorporate more fruits, vegetables and healthy protein options into their diet.