In cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Extension provides the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). SNAP-Ed consists of nutrition education delivered by paraprofessional nutrition educators.
Providing education to individuals eligible for any means-tested federal assistance (food stamps, WIC, etc.) to help improve their dietary practices and ability to manage available food resources.
Local SNAP-Ed programs identify target audiences and deliver, based on local needs, nutritional information to that audience. This process is facilitated by a collaborative partnership of the Mississippi State University Extension Service and agencies and organizations representing the needs of SNAP eligible individuals. Nationally, the focus of SNAP-Ed is:
- health promotion to help people who are eligible to receive SNAP establish healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle
- to prevent or postpone the onset of chronic disease in SNAP eligibles by establishing more physically active lifestyles and healthier eating habits.
The key behavioral outcomes for Mississippi participants in SNAP-Ed are:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables; eat whole grains; and switch to fat-free or low-fat milk products
- Increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors as part of a healthy lifestyle
- Maintain appropriate calorie balance during each stage of life.
SNAP-Ed in Mississippi is sponsored by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Department of Human Services, and the United States Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
RAYMOND, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service hired three regional registered dietitians to help in the fight against obesity and chronic disease in Mississippi.
Samantha Willcutt, Kaitlin DeWitt and Juaqula Madkin have joined the Extension Office of Nutrition Education. They oversee the Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education, or SNAP-Ed, curriculum and delivery in their regions.