SNAP-Ed at Michigan Fitness Foundation

SNAP-Ed at Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF), formerly known as the Michigan Nutrition Network, brings together all the local partners who deliver Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) to families across Michigan. The purpose of SNAP-Ed is to address two USDA goals: to empower communities to consume more fruits and vegetables and be more physically active. The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles.

Through SNAP-Ed at Michigan Fitness Foundation, we reach millions of Michiganders each year with ideas, inspiration, and encouragement to eat healthy and move more through our statewide grantees and service providers. They deliver evidence-based, locally relevant programming while catalyzing supportive environments in their communities to make the healthy choice the easy choice through (links to the SNAP-Ed at Michigan Fitness Foundation website)policy, systems, and environmental change initiatives. We support this work statewide using traditional and digital social marketing methods. Our social marketing campaign, (links to the Healthy Choices Catch On website) “Healthy Choices Catch On” is designed with positive messages, images, and videos that support and encourage parents to model healthy behaviors for their children.

Through collaboration with community stakeholders, our partners action sustainable strategies that increase access to affordable, nutritious food and opportunities for safe physical activity where people live, learn, work, play, eat, and shop.

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One of our case studies in Grand Traverse County found that thousands of students who participated in SNAP-Ed at Michigan Fitness Foundation’s (links to the PE-NUT page on Michigan Fitness Foundation’s website)PE-Nut™ program are projected to earn more and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars less on healthcare over their lifetimes. SNAP-Ed can help boost student achievement, too. In that same case study, overweight students who participated in PE-Nut™ were up to 12 percent more likely to be proficient in reading and up to 22 percent more likely to be proficient in math.

And even as SNAP-Ed improves the health and economic bottom line for individuals, it also boosts Michigan’s all-important farm economy. Per survey, an estimated increase of $63 million was spent on fruits & vegetables in Michigan over the last four years.

If you’re interested in learning more about SNAP-Ed at Michigan Fitness Foundation and how you can help people eat healthier and move more, visit (links to the SNAP-Ed at Michigan Fitness Foundation website)

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