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1 in 3 children in the US are overweight or obese. Yet at the same time, 1 in 5 families struggle with food insecurity—not knowing from one day to the next whether their families will have enough to eat.

Nationally, SNAP and SNAP-Ed are working hand-in-hand to help support families to eat healthily. SNAP (food stamps) provides families with support in affording food; SNAP-Ed, the nutrition education program, helps SNAP and low-income families find, buy and prepare healthier foods on their limited budgets. From schools, to the YMCA, to farmer’s markets, SNAP-Ed works.

Our new SNAP-Ed infographic illustrates how critical SNAP-Ed is in supporting healthy eating: though it makes up just a fraction of SNAP funding, SNAP-Ed efforts are making a real difference.

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The Challenge

Ogden, C. L., Carroll, M. D., Kit, B. K., & Flegal, K. M. (2012). Prevalence of obesity and trends in body mass index among US children and adolescents, 1999-2010. JAMA: the journal of the American Medical Association307(5), 483-490.

Ogden, C. L., Carroll, M. D., Kit, B. K., & Flegal, K. M. (2012). Prevalence of the Obesity in the United States, 2009–2010. NCHS Data Brief, No. 82, January 2012. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, http://www. cdc. gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db82, 1-8.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2013. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2013. ; Casagrande, S. S., Wang, Y., Anderson, C., & Gary, T. L. (2007). Have Americans increased their fruit and vegetable intake?: The trends between 1988 and 2002. American journal of preventive medicine32(4), 257-263.

Coleman-Jensen, A., Nord, M., & Singh, A.. (2013). Household Food Security in the United States in 2012. USDA ERS

The SNAP-Ed Solution

Dollahite, J., Kenkel, D., & Thompson, C. S. (2008). An economic evaluation of the expanded food and nutrition education program. Journal of nutrition education and behavior40(3), 134-143.; Lambur, M. T. (1999). Applying cost benefit analysis to nutrition education programs.

The Results

FY 2011 Education and Administrative Reporting System (EARS) Data, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Program impact report,HealthMPowers, Inc

Foster, G. D., Sherman, S., Borradaile, K. E., Grundy, K. M., Vander Veur, S. S., Nachmani, J., … & Shults, J. (2008). A policy-based school intervention to prevent overweight and obesity. Pediatrics121(4), e794-e802.

Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP), CSU, Chico, 2013

Sugerman, S., Foerster, S. B., Gregson, J., Linares, A., & Hudes, M. (2011). California adults increase fruit and vegetable consumption from 1997-2007.Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior43(4), S96-S103.

Sexton, J. S. (2013). Supplemental nutrition assistance program-education (SNAP-Ed) through the land-grant university system for FY 2010: A retrospective review. Starkville, MS.



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