This initiative supports efforts to reduce the prevalence of obesity and chronic diseases in SNAP-Ed eligible communities through a coordinated approach: nutrition and gardening education, community/stakeholder engagement and mobilization; and policy systems, and environmental changes. The Champions for Change Initiative is a three-year program that began its implementation in April 2017 and it has as a goal influence change to policy systems and the environment (PSE).
We are teaching students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. In addition and because parent involvement and support is extremely important, we are offering nutrition and gardening education for parents/adults. The goal is to increase parents’ knowledge of basic nutrition and healthy eating and to encourage them to practice healthy eating behaviors at home. This will give children a role model to follow and an opportunity to practice at home the nutrition education concepts learned in their classroom.
What is SNAP-Ed?
- SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and is formally known as the food stamps program. SNAP is known as and named “CalFresh” in California.
- CalFresh offers low-income individuals assistance to purchase food using an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that is acceptable at most grocery stores and several farmer’s markets.
SNAP-Ed is a federally funded grant that supports evidence-based nutrition education prevention interventions for SNAP eligible individuals. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has selected 24 agencies to implement the CalFresh Healthy Living program formally knows as Champions for Change- Healthy Community Initiative. This program is bringing nutrition a to the community of Canoga Park which has been identified to have high rates of childhood obesity and in need of education and access to fresh fruits and vegetables.