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Cooking is a SNAP

Cooking is a SNAP is an in-person culinary nutrition education course where participants practice food preparation skills to make cooking and eating at home easier and more rewarding. In this course, participants also practice a variety of ways to increase daily physical activity, and share smart shopping strategies to help save money in the family food budget. This curriculum is an evidence-based program that is part of USDA's SNAP-Ed toolkit. 

Past participants in this course report:

  • Eating more fruits and vegetables.
  • Eating less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugar.
  • Increased confidence to shop for and prepare healthier meals at home.
  • Achieving the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.

Getting more information

This course is currently being offered exclusively by University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs. To learn more or find out if there is a class scheduled near you, contact usCooking is a SNAP will be available outside of Minnesota late-2019 or early-2020.

If your agency or organization is interested in partnering with Extension to offer this course, contact us to learn more.

If you are a nutrition educator who is interested in the Cooking is a SNAP curriculum, contact Betsy Johnson (john3064@umn.edu) to learn more out the current pilot project.

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