OSU Students Promote Nutrition Education at Alta Head Start

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed) — developed as a partnership between the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and Ohio State University Extension — is a free nutrition education program serving low-income adults and youth in Ohio. The program is funded by the Food Nutrition Service’s (FNS) branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

SNAP-Ed programming focuses on:

  • Diet quality including promotion of physical activity
  • Food safety
  • Food resource management

At Alta Head Start and Early Head Start, participating SNAP-Ed students teach kids about nutrition, the food groups and healthy eating habits. Through interactive games, kids learn which foods are healthy and which are not good choices, and then enjoy a fresh nutritious snack. They also practice math skills by counting out pieces of fruit and veggies.