Promoting healthy habits and reducing food insecurity

Nutritious food is one of the cornerstones of wellness. Unfortunately, too many people across the state struggle to prepare nutritious meals or adopt healthy habits.

Nutritious food is one of the cornerstones of wellness. Unfortunately, too many people across the state struggle to prepare nutritious meals or adopt healthy habits.

Nutritious food is one of the cornerstones of wellness. Unfortunately, too many people across the state struggle to prepare nutritious meals or adopt healthy habits. MSU Extension delivers programming funded at the federal level through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). These programs are administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In these free nutrition education programs, participants learn valuable lessons to lead them to a healthier life, including how to prepare nutritionally balanced meals within a limited budget and be more physically active.

  • More than 56,500 people participated in a SNAP-Ed program from October 2018 to June 2019.
  • 89% of sixth- through eighth-graders served by SNAP-Ed improved at least one or more healthy nutrition practices, such as reading nutrition labels.
  • 79% of youth served by EFNEP improved their abilities to choose foods, according to federal dietary recommendations.

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