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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Simple Snack Solutions for the Whole Family

March is National Nutrition Month® — a perfect time to put together a healthful eating plan for the whole family. Snacks are an important part of any plan to eat more nutritious foods. Children need snacks for healthy growth and development, and adults need snacks for an energy boost between meals. Following are seven tips for smart snacking — snacking that involves satisfying options with less fat and sugar, and fewer empty calories.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Freezer Meals for Freezing Weather

On these cold winter days, hot, hearty meals are just the thing to warm you up! One-pot recipes are a great option any time of year, but they’re especially welcome during winter when you come in from the cold and dark and don’t want to spend a lot of time making the evening meal. What’s more, you can plan ahead and freeze one-pot meals for later use.

Friday, January 30, 2015

SNAP-Ed: Our Expanded Focus

Previous blog posts have addressed the differences between the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed). SNAP-Ed helps people with limited financial resources make healthy food choices and become more physically active.

This week I'd like to talk about SNAP-Ed's expanded focus to include activities that match levels of the entire Spectrum of Prevention. Extension's Health and Nutrition programs have been able to broaden their SNAP-Ed focus because of new funding guidelines from U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which encourage programming along the entire spectrum.

The Spectrum of Prevention is a tool that provides a comprehensive framework for addressing major public health issues. Designed by the Prevention Institute (based in Oakland, CA), the spectrum looks at an issue, such as obesity or food access, in a holistic manner. The spectrum includes six levels of activity that, when used together, make a bigger impact than implementing only a single activity.

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