Helping SNAP-Ed Eligible Moms & Families Eat More Healthily

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Children smiling and eating watermelon on a summer dayA 2019 study from PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) found that SNAP-Ed eligible families in California added an additional one-third of a cup of fruits and vegetables to their meals daily, and increased water intake by a cup a day between 2015 and 2017 (teens increased by two cups a day)—which means these families are eating as healthily as Americans of all income levels. See the study.

In 2019, CWN also provided SNAP-Education and other nutrition-related services in 25 states nationwide, collaborated with 230 partner organizations including social service agencies, health departments, health care agencies and universities. CWN trainings supported over 1,100 individuals on wellness and nutrition topics including community and youth engagement, health equity, systems change, local school wellness policies, healthy food system interventions and evaluation—and worked with 20 food retailers like grocery stores and farmers markets to improve access to healthy fruits and vegetables. CWN also supported capacity-building and leadership efforts in 61 community-based organizations that directly serve low resourced community and communities of color, to increase or improve wellness services and equity.

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