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Steps to Health is North Carolina State University’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) Program. We empower youth, adults, and communities through evidence-based nutrition programs to promote healthy eating behaviors and food resource management strategies. We collaborate with partner organizations to expand and build healthy food and physical activity access in local and regional communities. The SNAP-Ed goal is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guideline for Americans and the USDA food guidance. 

The Steps to Health program is delivered by county-based NC State Extension staff across North Carolina. Partners include NC Department of Social Services; NC State Extension; Eat Smart, Move More, North Carolina; NC State University’s More In My Basket program; NC Division of Aging and Adult Services; local health departments; Head Start Programs; schools; and congregate nutrition sites.

In North Carolina, The Department of Health and Human Services administers SNAP-Ed through the Division of Child and Family Well-Being. The Division of Child and Family Well-Being works to promote healthy and thriving children in safe, stable, and nurturing families, schools, and communities. The division includes complementary programs that primarily serve children and youth to improve their health and well-being. Check out the SNAP-Ed Channel!

Why Steps to Health?

The result of poor eating habits and physical inactivity is taking its toll on North Carolinians, especially among those with low educational attainment and income.
Less than half of adults meet the minimum recommendations for physical activity, 42.3% consume fruit less than one time daily, and 22.4% consume vegetables less than once a day. Among adults whose household income is less than $15,000 a year, 33.9% meet physical activity recommendations and only 15.2%
consume the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Children are following closely in their footsteps, with only 1 in 4 eating recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables and almost half spending more than 2 hours watching television every day. As a result, obesity and related chronic diseases are
prevalent. North Carolina ranks 13th in the nation for obesity and 18th and 11th highest for diabetes and hypertension, respectively.

Through direct education programs, policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change initiatives, and social marketing campaigns, Steps to Health is making a positive difference in the lives of limited resource individuals and families across North Carolina, and North Carolinians at large.

The Steps to Health SNAP-Ed program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture – Food and Nutrition Service and works in collaboration with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child and Family Well-Being.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Jayne McBurney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJayne McBurneySteps to Health Program Coordinator Call Jayne Email Jayne Agricultural & Human Sciences
NC State Extension, NC State University
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