Steps to Health
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) serves limited-resource individuals and families across North Carolina. SNAP-Ed is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture-Food and Nutrition Service and works in collaboration with the NC Department of Health and Humans Services, Division of Social Services.
The goal of SNAP-Ed is to assist those eligible for food assistance to eat smart and move more. SNAP-Ed works to help participants make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.
Policy, System, and Environmental Changes
N.C. Cooperative Extension professionals aim to improve communities through policy, system, and environment (PSE) changes so that living healthier lifestyles and making healthier choices is easier. These changes can be made anywhere throughout a community, but are typically funded by Steps to Health in areas where low-income families and individuals are served such as schools, community sites, farmers markets, food pantries, retail stores, and more.
Color Me Healthy
Color Me Healthy is a program for preschoolers and kindergartners in North Carolina schools, Head Starts, and Child Care Centers. This program helps children experience that healthy eating and physical activity can be fun. The nine-lesson curriculum uses music, games, taste tests, and more to engage all of the senses. Children are also sent home with a parent handout that contains nutrition tips, physical activity suggestions, and more.
Steps to Health’s 2nd-grade program was designed to educate students and inspire them to eat smart by using hands-on activities, taste test, physical activity, games, and more. The nine-week program includes handouts sent home to parents each week that include recipes and nutrition and physical activity tips.
Steps to Health’s 3rd-grade program was designed to take educating students and inspiring them to eat smart one step further. This program uses different hands-on activities, taste tests, physical activity, games, and more. The nine-week program includes handouts sent home to parents each week that include recipes and nutrition and physical activity tips.
Steps to Health’s 4th-grade program incorporates planting a garden to learn about nutrition, science, math, and even incorporates language arts and social studies. This program gives students the opportunity to plant, grow, and try a variety of vegetables at their school garden while learning about nutrition and physical activity.
Kids Club is typically offered at Summer Meals Sites and After School Programs across North Carolina. This program is 8 sessions and teaches youth, from kindergarten to 5th grade about nutrition and physical activity. This is accomplished through indoor and outdoor activities and games, taste tests, and short lessons. Some of the topics include employees, drinking more water, heart health, and physical activity.
Take Control is a program for any age adults looking to learn more about how to maintain and prevent chronic disease through nutrition and physical activity. It is an 8-week program that incorporates taste tests, exercise, and other hands-on learning opportunities. Take Control can be offered at public housing developments, congregate nutrition sites, shelters (homeless or domestic violence), food pantries, soup kitchens, and more.
Faithful Families works directly with faith communities to promote health for individuals, families, and local communities. The Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More program is nine lessons that include group discussions, recipe taste tests, and activities. The practice-tested program is open to all faith and religious traditions and engages faith communities in health education, environmental changes to support health, and community-wide health initiatives.
Need more information? Wondering if your site qualifies? Ready to host a program? Contact Rachel Ezzell at email@example.com.