The SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) program aims to "make the healthy choice the easy choice" for residents of Mariposa County. This includes:
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables
Replacing sugary beverages with water, and,
Enjoying fun, low-cost physical activity each day
Working with community partners, we look for potential policy, systems and environmental change strategies to improve the health of our community.
From October to December 2017, our Educators provided “healthy eating and being active” classroom instruction to over 550 students in 24 classrooms at Mariposa Elementary School, Lake Don Pedro Elementary, and Greeley Hill Elementary School. Our interactive curriculum is standards based, and features tastings, physical activity, and parent newsletters.
We are an active participant on the Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD) School Wellness Policy Committee, providing technical assistance on USDA required policy updates for school wellness policies.
Future plans: Continue classroom education, with an addition of the "Smarter Lunchrooms Movement" strategies, easy no or low-cost ways to nudge students towards the healthiest lunchroom choice.
Assist with school garden refurbishment and maintenance in alignment with our garden based curriculum.
Monthly collaboration at USDA emergency food distribution events in Mariposa, Greeley Hill, and the Senior Brown Bag event. We enjoy meeting participants who sample recipes, and receive recipes and tips on eating healthy on a budget.
Coordination with the Wellness Center at Mariposa County Human Services to provide adult healthy eating and cooking classes, and tips on how to stay active.
Future plans: Collaborate with local food pantries, and Merced County Food Bank to implement healthy food choice and donation strategies.