NC State Extension

Color Me Healthy for SNAP-Ed

Color Me Healthy for SNAP-Ed serves preschoolers and kindergarteners across North Carolina in schools, Head Start, and Child Care Centers.

Color Me Healthy is a nutrition and physical activity program for children ages four and five. It is designed to stimulate all the senses of young children: touch, smell, sight, sound, and of course, taste. It uses color, music, and exploration of the senses to teach children that healthy eating and physical activity are fun.

Color Me Healthy for SNAP-Ed is comprised of nine lessons chosen from the Color Me Healthy curriculum. Taste tests have been added to coincide with each lesson in order to enhance the multi-sensory learning experience. Parent handouts were enriched to contain nutrition tips, family physical activity suggestions, reading book recommendations, and grocery store adventures. All participants are awarded a certificate of participation at the completion of the program. Evaluation of the program is conducted via parent and teacher feedback forms.

The Color Me Healthy for SNAP-Ed program was developed by Carolyn Dunn, Ph.D., Cathy Thomas, MA.Ed, and Laural Kelly, MS.


Site Eligibility

Color Me Healthy for SNAP-Ed Site Eligibility:

  • Head Starts automatically meet eligibility requirements.
  • Childcare centers where 50% or more of students and their families are eligible for or receiving SNAP benefits. A letter from the site director must be provided to confirm site eligibility with this form.
  • Qualifying schools are participating in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program. The school building must have at least 50% of students receiving a free or reduced meal as found on this School Eligibility Chart.

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Photo of Gretchen Hofing, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionGretchen HofingProgram Coordinator (919) 515-9141 gretchen_hofing@ncsu.eduAgricultural & Human Sciences - NC State University
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