WELCOME to the SNAP Nutrition Education Website.
SNAP-Ed is funded through the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/about
Whether you’ve been to our site before or you are a regular; welcome! You’re likely here because, like us, we’re all trying to be healthier. Whether it’s the food we make or the activities we do. We are all trying to be healthy.
SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed) is the nutrition education and obesity prevention program of SNAP; its goal is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make nutritious food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA food guidance.
Did you know that we work with agencies throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to provide resources and education to individuals and families throughout the span of their lives? They have lots of information, resources, and tools for you to stay healthy. Check them out:
- Ascentria - https://www.ascentria.org/, https://www.instagram.com/acasnaped/, and https://www.facebook.com/AscentriaSNAPEd/
We aim to help participants shop for healthy foods on a budget, understand nutrition labels, and use food safety practices. We do so through direct nutrition education throughout the communities of Springfield, West Springfield and Westfield.
- Bay Cove – Kit Clark – https://www.baycovehumanservices.org/
Kit Clark works with SNAP-Ed to communicate the important role that nutrition plays throughout the lifespan through nutrition education, healthy cooking demo’s, and walking groups.
- Cooking Matters – SOS - https://cookingmatters.org/
“Our programs teach parents and caregivers to shop for and cook healthy meals – building a world where healthy eating choices are available for everyone.”
- UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program - https://ag.umass.edu/nutrition
The UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) provides individuals, families, and communities with the knowledge and skills for healthier eating through research-based nutrition education that makes a real difference.
In addition to nutrition education activities at collaborating community sites, they have an online newsletter called ‘Nutrition Bites’ that is filled with nutrition and physical activity tips, recipes, and food access tips to keep you healthy during this time.
We would also like to recommend a newsletter from our friends and the publishers of ChopChop, Seasoned, and Sprout: https://www.chopchopfamily.org/
The resources above and our Healthy Foods will help you:
- Find healthy foods to make for yourself in season and on a budget
- How to handle food safety to protect yourself and your family
- Where to find your local farmer’s market or food pantry and much more
- Understand how to read Nutrition Facts
While it’s important to eat healthy food it’s also important to be active. Check out our Healthy Moves page and find out:
- How to use your EBT card to SNAP Card to Ride healthy bike rides or use your EBT Card for Culture and check out cultural museums, activities, and recreation facilities around the state
- Find out how much physical activity you need as well as lots of activities to try
- Learn how to start your own garden or ways to find a community garden that works for you
- Keep track of your “wins” with our handy BMI Calculator
Lastly, make sure you check out our Healthy You page. It’s updated frequently with current information to give you more resources for you and your family to stay happy and healthy.