Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
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Low-income individuals are at a higher risk for food insecurity, certain chronic diseases, and poor dietary intake as compared to their higher-income counterparts. As a result, it is essential that low-income individuals eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are provided with opportunities to advance their nutrition-related knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy. Unlike other federal nutrition assistance programs, SNAP participants receive benefits only once a month and have very few restrictions on what foods can be purchased. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) is available to help SNAP-eligible individuals make healthy food choices with their SNAP benefits, incorporate physical activity into their daily lives, and improve their food security status. Developing and evaluating SNAP-Ed curricula remains important to ensure that curriculum content is evidence based, consistent with the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and effective at facilitating behavior change among SNAP-eligible individuals.
Savoie-Roskos, Mateja R., et al. “Create Better Health: A Practical Approach to Improving Cooking Skills and Food Security.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2018, doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2018.10.006.