Early Care and Education – SNAP-Ed SNAP-Ed is the nutritional education component of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Through evidence-based, collaborative approaches, SNAP-Ed programs improve the likelihood that low-income families and youth will make healthy food choices and choose active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Last year, through the HealthMPowers SNAP-Ed initiative, 86 childcare teams across the state of Georgia implemented a total of 106 nutrition and physical activity improvements across their centers, reaching over 5,000 children. The HealthMPowers staff helps Centers and Homes identify teams to lead the effort to assess current programs and policies and design improvement plans for the priority areas they want to strengthen. They also provide training on innovative nutrition and physical activity model lessons for each classroom and provide exciting resources to help Centers and Homes put their plans into action for each child and family they serve. Healthy improvements included engaging families and providing them with information and resources, providing additional training and support to staff and caregivers, conducting regular healthy taste-testing and cooking activities for children, creating edible gardens and offering fresh daily fruits and vegetables, and integrating more physical activity into lesson plans. Resources for Current Centers Additional Links Become a Participating Center Services 2017-2018 SNAP-Ed Reach Children: 5,958 Teachers: 735 Early Care Sites: 86 This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For the USDA’s full non-discrimination statement, click here.