Wellness through wiser eating
Aiming for a healthier Minnesota where everyone can thrive
Extension nutrition educators improve lives through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) program. SNAP funding is authorized through the farm bill.
"We emphasize the importance of being proactive—not waiting until costly chronic health problems set in," says Mary Caskey, Extension's SNAP-Ed associate program director.
By joining forces with partners, Extension changes society for the better when it comes to nutrition:
- Wabasha County health care and social services professionals refer at-risk individuals to Extension's SNAP-Ed classes to promote lasting diet and lifestyle changes.
- In Todd County, partnerships with local health care providers focus on preventing type 2 diabetes through healthier eating and exercise.
- In Otter Tail County, Extension Master Gardeners and civic groups delivered 400 pounds of fresh produce to an area food shelf. Meal preparation classes followed, resulting in participants reporting more vegetables in their diets.