Create Better Health: A Practical Approach to Improving Cooking Skills and Food Security


Savoie-Roskos, M.R.; Coombs, C.; Neid-Avila, J.; Chipman, J.; Nelson, S.; Rowley, L.; LeBlanc, H.


Low-income individuals are at a higher risk for food insecurity, certain chronic diseases, and poor dietary intake as compared to their higher-income counterparts. 1 As a result, it is essential that low-income individuals eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are provided with opportunities to advance their nutrition-related knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy. 2 , 3 Unlike other federal nutrition assistance programs, SNAP participants receive benefits only once a month and have very few restrictions on what foods can be purchased. 4 The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) is available to help SNAP-eligible individuals make healthy food choices with their SNAP benefits, incorporate physical activity into their daily lives, and improve their food security status. 5 Developing and evaluating SNAP-Ed curricula remains important to ensure that curriculum content is evidence based, consistent with the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and effective at facilitating behavior change among SNAP-eligible individuals. 3 , 6


SNAP-Ed Toolkit Intervention

Create Better Health Curriculum