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Eat Smart New York (ESNY)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed)


To improve the likelihood that persons eligible for the SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.


Participation should result in:

   *Increased frequency of eating fruits
      and vegetables, whole grains, and
      fat-free or low-fat milk products every day.    *Increased frequency of being physically
      active every day as part of a
      healthy lifestyle.
   *Improved selection and consumption of
                                          healthy foods within a limited budget.


In New York State 14% of residents are living in poverty, currently $22,350 for a family of four (US Census Bureau, 2010). Low income is associated with numerous health problems, including obesity, chronic disease, and poor pregnancy outcomes. Positive changes in food, nutrition and physical activity practices are integral to avoiding the negative consequences of these health conditions.


Evaluating Results

Education to program participants results in positive behavior changes, which retention studies document are sustained at least six months post-education.

  • 87% improved diet quality
  • 79% improved food purchasing practices
  • 64% improved food handling practices
  • 41% increase frequency of being physically active

Results based on 18,690 adult participants completing a minimum of six lessons.

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