Specifications include, but are not limited to:
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits to eligible low-income households so they can purchase food from authorized food retailers. The FNS mission is to provide needy children and families better access to food and a more healthful diet through its food assistance programs and comprehensive nutrition education efforts.
The SNAP-Ed goal is to improve the likelihood that people eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA food guidance, MyPlate. The federal program focuses on:
• Health promotion to help SNAP-Ed eligible people establish healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles.
• Primary prevention of diseases to help eligible people with risk factors for diet related chronic disease prevent or postpone the onset of disease by establishing healthier eating habits and more physically active lifestyles.
SNAP-Ed programs are expected to utilize behaviorally-focused, evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions, projects, or social marketing campaigns consistent with FNS mission and the goal and focus of SNAP-Ed. Nationally, FNS targets three key SNAP-Ed behavioral outcomes:
• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables, at least half your grains whole grains and switch to fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
• Increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors as part of a healthy lifestyle
• Maintain appropriate caloric balance during each stage of life