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Eat Smart, Live Strong

Eat Smart, Live Strong is an educational program designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among able-bodied, 60- to 74-year olds.

Senior woman with baggy of vegetables and fruit


This program is designed to help older adults adopt two key behaviors that will improve their health and quality of life:

  • Eat at least 1½ cups of fruits and 2 cups of vegetables every day.
  • Participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days.

Eat Smart, Live Strong sessions are designed to:

  • Encourage participants to learn new skills.
  • Promote enjoyable, social, and interactive learning among participants.
  • Engage participants in activities that can encourage behavior change.

Allow participants to share experiences and draw on their personal and practical knowledge and understanding.

Space and time requirements

The Eat Smart, Live Strong is designed to be delivered in four 45- to 60-minute sessions. Sessions can be adapted to meet the learning needs of participants, and within reason fit the space and time needs of the partnering agency.

More information

Eat Smart, Live Strong was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

To find out more about this program or explore the possibilities of this program being offered at your agency, contact the SNAP-Ed team.

Related resource

Cooking: SNAP-Ed ConnectionU.S. Department of Agriculture — A collection of materials on cooking, including cooking basics, cooking with limited resources, and healthy low-cost recipes.

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