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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.       SNAP eligible people will make healthy food choices within their limited budgets and choose physically active lifestyles based on the USDA Dietary Guidance for Americans. This includes:
a.                Improved skills in food budgeting and meal planning
b.                Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables
c.                 Decreased consumption of sugar sweetened beverages 
d.                Improved knowledge of food safety.
e.                Increased physical activity.
2.       USDA key messages are incorporated into nutrition education
3.       The SNAP-Ed program incorporates Social-Ecological Model into program activities through partnerships.
Right now, the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension delivers SNAP-ED services for the State.  Nutrition educators work with partners like grocery stores, local food producers, farmers markets, local WIC offices, food pantries, schools and public assistance offices.  They offer classes and programs for youth and adults.
 
In 2014 the SNAP-Ed program had a Needs Assessment done.  Read the results of that Needs Assessment.

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 contact Elaine Nisonger, RD, LD, Assistant State SNAP-Ed Coordinator, (907) 269-8446 or elaine.nisonger@alaska.gov.