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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)

 

Putting Healthy Food Within Reach

 

Alaska’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program (SNAP-ED) program provides nutrition education for low income Alaskans. The goal of SNAP-ED 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 the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.
 

Alaska SNAP-Ed programs goals are:

  1. Alaska SNAP-Ed participants will increase behaviors consistent with the  2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate resulting in:

    a.  The percentage of adults who consume the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables will increase by 2%. (BRFSS)

    b.  The percentage of youth consuming one or more Sugar Sweetened Beverages per day will decrease by 2%. (YRBS/DHHS results)

    c.  The percentage of adults who meet CDC recommended levels of physical activity will increase by 2%.  (BRFSS)

    d.  The percentage of adolescents who meet CDC recommended levels of physical activity will increase by 2%.  (YRBS)

​​​Currently, the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension and Alaska Island Community Services deliver SNAP-Ed services for the State.  Nutrition educators work with partners such as grocery stores, schools, farmers markets, primary care clinics, after school programs, child care centers, senior centers, food pantries, local WIC and public assistance offices to deliver evidence based classes and programs in communities throughout Alaska. They also work with partners in their communities to promote changes to policies, systems and the environment that support Alaska’s SNAP-Ed goals.

 
 
The Alaska SNAP-Ed Program has also put together a list of additional program planning and evaluation resources, local data sources, training materials, and other helpful websites.
 
Alaska SNAP-Ed Program Policies & Procedures
In 2014 the SNAP-Ed program had a Needs Assessment done.  Read the results of that Needs Assessment.

2016 Alaska SNAP-Ed Training Materials
 
A variety of SNAP-Ed  program planning and management resources are available on the USDA Website.
Required Trainings  for SNAP-Ed Grantees
 
National Nutrition Education Certification Program
 
Nutrition Educators who are using SNAP-Ed funds will need to complete the National Nutrition Education Certification Program, unless the State office approves alternate education as meeting the requirements.  Alaska’s SNAP-Ed program is using Food $ense: Nutrition Education Training for Nutrition Educators
 
The University of Utah, Cooperative Extension Service hosts the web-based Food $sense program.  This series of webinars is designed to provide nutrition educators with basic nutrition information. IT is a series of 10 self-paced webinars with a quiz at the end of each.  When the training is complete, participants receive a certificate of completion.  The training is free for participants.
 

EARS Training

EARS reporting is required annually for all SNAP-Ed grantees.  The USDA has created a webinar on how to properly complete the EARS Reporting forms.  More information and links to EARS reporting forms are available on the SNAP-Ed website.

 
Learn More about Healthy Eating & Getting Active
 
Find recipes for healthy eating here http://www.eatwellbewell.org/recipes
 
Find ideas for getting active as a family here: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/PlayEveryDay/Pages/default.aspx
 
To learn more about SNAP and other programs for needy families visit the links below:
For more information, please call (907) 465-3100 or email Kathleen.Wayne@alaska.gov.

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