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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The Alabama Extension at Auburn University Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) department has made national headlines based on its work to help low-income families eat healthier.
Civil Eats published a story about a recent study the department did that showed how well SNAP-Ed’s initiatives are working. Civil Eats is a news website that reports on the American food system, more specifically sustainable agriculture. Their reports are an effort to build economically and socially just communities.
The study found that low-income residents of eight Southeastern states consumed higher amounts of fruits and vegetables and improved shopping and nutrition-related behaviors when participating in USDA SNAP-Ed programs. The states selected had some of the highest obesity rates nationally, including Alabama.
The Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition conducted the researched. Colleagues from the University of California Davis and four universities in the Southeast, including Auburn University, also conducted the research. The Journal of Nutritional Science published the findings.
Sondra Parmer, Alabama Extension program leader for nutrition programs and a study co-author, said it’s always a good thing when the success of SNAP-Ed gets some attention throughout the country.
“The state staff and county educators of Auburn University SNAP-Ed know that the work we do is impactful. We live it every day,” Parmer said. “However, it is nice to see that recognition on a national stage through the publishing of the original article and the additional highlight by such a well-respected group as Civil Eats.”
The story published by Civil Eats also shines a light on Body Quest, an innovative childhood obesity prevention initiative that empowers third graders and their parents to make healthier choices.
For more information about SNAP-Ed and its programs geared toward helping families make better food choices, visit LiveWellAlabama.com or contact your county Extension office.