About Steps to Health
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.
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 Social Services.
This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP
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