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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed)

All Americans are encouraged to eat healthier foods and be physically active. Education to improve nutrition and increase physical activity may help reduce the risk for chronic disease and obesity.

 The Action Pack! Take action! Eat healthy!

The goal of the Connecticut Department of Public Health Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed) is to provide education to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for Connecticut’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will make healthy food choices and choose physically active lifestyles. 

Two major focus areas for SNAP-Ed include preschool and adult focused nutrition education that incorporate key messages consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the United States Department of Aquiculture’s (USDA) “Choose My Plate” dietary recommendations.

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To learn more about the SNAP-Ed program in CT or to schedule Nutrition Education for your SNAP-eligible clients click here


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a government assistance program to help low-income households pay for food. SNAP used to be called the Food Stamp program. The amount of SNAP food stamps a household gets depends on the household's size, income, and expenses.

SNAP  logoFor information about the SNAP program in Connecticut, please visit the Department of Social Services website:


Making sure your child eats healthy food and stays active is easy. Plus, it’s good for them!

Kids learn by example. Help your children develop healthy eating habits for life by being a role model:Little girl eating apple

·  Eat fruits and veggies and your kids will too.

·  Shop together. Cook together. Eat together. Talk together. Make mealtime a family time.

·  Set a good example for physical activity, too. Make play time a family time. Walk, run, and play with your child rather than sitting on the sidelines.

Make it fun!

More healthy eating tips

Parents: 5 Simple Steps to Success

Mother and daughter cooking

Before you start cooking, think about what goes on your plate or cup or bowl. Learn more about the different food groups and how to build a healthy plate: Food Groups

Eating healthy doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Here are ways to buy healthy food and stay in your budget:

 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and the Obesity Epidemic:

What Are Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs)?
Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are drinks that are sweetened with one or more added sugars.  Added sugar goes by many names including raw sugar, honey, brown sugar, fruit juice concentrate, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, molasses, dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, and sucrose.

Drinks that contain added sugars include regular soda (not the diet variety), fruit drinks such as lemonade and fruit punch (not 100% juice), sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened water drinks, and coffee and tea beverages with added sugars.  You can tell if your beverage has added sugars by reading the ingredient list located on the product’s label. 
How are SSBs Related to Obesity?
SSBs are major sources of added sugars in the American diet. The calories provided by SSBs are “empty” meaning they have little to no nutritional value.  Added sugars only add calories to a person’s diet and should be limited as much as possible to prevent weight gain.  Sugary drinks account for 47% of all added sugars consumed by Americans.  Making the switch to drinks with no added sugars, especially water, is a good way to achieve a healthy body weight.

People who drink SSBs tend not to feel as full as if they had eaten the same calories from solid food. A typical 20-ounce soda contains 15 to 18 teaspoons of sugar and about 240-290 calories.  This means that drinking one additional 20-ounce soda each day over the course of one year could result in a 25 pound weight gain if you do not eat less in other areas to make up for the difference.

How can I make healthier beverage choices?
Don’t just eat healthy, drink healthy too!   Soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and juice drinks are filled with added sugars.  Water should be the primary beverage of adults and children alike.   See the below tips to help you enjoy healthier beverages.
  • When you do opt for a sugary drink pick the small size or only drink part of the container. For instance, some beverage companies are now selling 8 ounce cans and bottles of soda, which contain about 100 calories.
  • Make water more exciting by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, or watermelon, or drink sparkling water. For ideas, check out these lower in sugar “Spa Water” recipes.
  • Add a splash of 100% juice to plain or unsweetened sparkling water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink.
  • Carry a water bottle and refill it throughout the day for a quick, easy, and cheap thirst quencher.
  • Keep the fridge stocked with jugs of water for a cool, refreshing drink.
  • Serve water with meals instead of sugary drinks and drink water when out at restaurants.
  • Be a role model for your friends and family by choosing healthy, low-calorie beverages.

  1. Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Get the Facts: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Consumption
  3. UCONN Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Sugary Drink F.A.C.T.S.
  4. World Health Organization, e-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions
  5. Harvard School of Public Health, Sugary Drinks and Obesity Fact Sheet
  6. American Heart Association, Added Sugars