Nutrition and Physical Activity (SNAP-Ed)
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Through a partnership with the Arizona Nutrition Network, the Office of School Health and Wellness Initiatives provides nutrition and physical activity technical support and resources to school staff, teachers, students, and their parents at over 200 schools within Maricopa County. Our team of Registered Dietitians (RD) is available to assist in an integrated school, parent, and community-based approach to improve the health behaviors of children and their families.
SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps). It is part of the U.S. domestic hunger safety net and provides economic benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families for food purchases. SNAP -Ed is the nutrition promotion and obesity-prevention component of SNAP.
Local Wellness Policy Assistance
Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other federal Child Nutrition programs are required by federal law to establish a local school wellness policy. Our SNAP-Ed team can provide support, such as:
- Participating in district and school wellness committees;
- Supplying wellness policy assessment and evaluation tools to measure implementation;
- Assisting in lunchroom design ideas that promote healthier food purchases and consumption; and
- Providing guidance and support with new Local Wellness Policy requirements
Nutrition and Physical Activity Education
The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that low-income individuals, including children eligible for free or reduced lunch or other child nutrition programs, will make healthy food choices and choose physically active lifestyles. Our team can provide support, such as:
- Equip school staff with credible nutrition and wellness curricula and resources
- Offer guidance on how to incorporate nutrition and physical activity into the classroom
- Provide nutrition and physical education in the classroom to students and staff in coordination with Local School Wellness Policy efforts
For more information and SNAP-Ed schools’ specific resources, visit MaricopaSchoolWellness.org.
This material was partially funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- SNAP through the Arizona Nutrition Network. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more: in Maricopa County call 602-542-9935, outside of Maricopa County call 1-800-352-8401.