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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.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Who Provides SNAP-Ed in Minnesota Besides Extension?

In last week’s blog post, I talked about 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 want to introduce Extension’s partner in administering SNAP-Ed in Minnesota — the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe provides SNAP-Ed on six reservations: Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and White Earth. The mission of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe SNAP-Ed program is to provide a circle of quality services to elders, families and children within the tribal community by promoting wellness and healthy active lifestyles through education, advocacy, and training emphasizing culture.
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