How does the Nutrition Education part of the Food Assistance Program work?
Nutrition education is an important part of the Food Assistance Program. It is meant to help food assistance participants and others choose healthy foods and maintain an active lifestyle. It can also help them stretch their food dollars with easy meals. The State of Kansas works with Kansas State University Extension Service to provide the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed).
How can Nutrition information help?
USDA studies show that many low-income households do not know the facts about good dietary practices. Approximately 65% of adults in America and 16% of children and adolescents are overweight, putting them at risk for serious health problems, including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and some cancers.
In Kansas, the objectives of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) are to:
- improve dietary quality by providing information on the Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate
- increase fruit and vegetable consumption
- increase food resource management skills
- increase participation in physical activity
- increase food security by taking advantage of food assistance benefits
How can I get food preparation and nutrition information?
Newsletters are sent to food assistance households. Recipients are also encouraged to attend food and nutrition classes and workshops. Youth are also taught nutrition in Head Start and pre-school facilities, school classrooms, churches, community centers, and in summer school programs. To locate your local Extension Office for more information, visit: www.ksre.ksu.edu/Map.aspx