SNAP- Ed is an evidence-based program that helps people lead healthier lives. SNAP- Ed teaches people using or eligible for SNAP about good nutrition and how to make their food dollars stretch further. SNAP-Ed participants also learn to be physically active.The SNAP-Ed program provides free educational programs and classes for anyone who receives or is eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
The goal of SNAP-Ed is to increase, within a limited budget, the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food and lifestyle choices that prevent obesity, consistent with the most recent dietary advise reflected in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA MyPlate.
Through SNAP-Ed classes participants learn to select, prepare and incorporate fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low-fat protein foods and low-fat dairy products into a healthy diet; to use limited resources to plan, purchase and prepare food for the family; to be physically active every day; and to store and handle food so it is safe for consumption.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture