The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – education (SNAP-Ed) is a nationwide nutrition education and obesity prevention program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. Programmatic activities engage low-income individuals and families that receive or are eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
In Arizona, the SNAP-Ed program is administered by the Arizona Department of Health Services’ AZ Health Zone. An integral partner in this statewide effort is the University of Arizona, Department of Nutritional Sciences -Cooperative Extension, SNAP-Ed (UA SNAP-Ed). Through this statewide partnership, policy, systems, and environmental change strategies, paired with community nutrition education programs, are implemented. The goals of the program are to:
Improve nutrition, feeding practices and reduce hunger.
Increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior.