Connecticut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)
The overall goal of the Connecticut SNAP-Ed program is grounded in the federal goal “to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food guidance.”
CT’s state level goals are to:
- Increase healthy food choices among population groups who are receiving or eligible to receive SNAP benefits.
- Increase physical activity among population groups who are receiving or eligible to receive SNAP benefits.
- Support comprehensive, multi-level interventions, community and public health policy, and systems and environmental changes to facilitate healthy food and physical activity choices among population groups who are receiving or eligible to receive SNAP benefits.
The Connecticut SNAP-Ed program is coordinated by the Department of Social Services and is administered by the following implementing agencies:
- Connecticut Department of Public Health
- Hispanic Health Council, Inc.
- UConn College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
- Department of Allied Health AKA UConn School and Family
- Department of Nutritional Sciences AKA UConn Food Security
- UConn Health, Husky Nutrition Programs, Department of Medicine
- UConn, Neag School of Education AKA UConn Husky Sport
Together these agencies implement a variety of obesity prevention strategies, including direct nutrition education events and workshops, which are community-based interventions designed to reach individuals across the lifespan. Services are provided for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, children and their families, adults, and older adults at locations where people eat, learn, live, play, shop, and work. Interventions focus on a variety of nutrition topics based on the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Topics include: increasing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy; eating healthy on a budget; healthy meal planning; basic cooking and food safety skills; weight control; and physical activity.