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Fulton County holds 'Food Talk' sessions to teach about nutrition
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Fulton County holds 'Food Talk' sessions to teach about nutrition

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- SNAP-Ed Food Talk sessions offered by Fulton County Cooperative Extension are designed to teach healthy eating on a budget for low-income parents (and other low-income individuals) who receive SNAP benefits. As the cornerstone of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition assistance programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) plays a vital role in helping to improve nutrition in the Nation among low-income individuals.

The goal of SNAP-Ed 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 Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.

“We offer these sessions to help our residents learn how to make better food choices,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “The sessions focus on nutrition, meal planning, food safety, and saving money on food.”

Faced with the challenges of paying rent, utilities, day care, and other family expenses, families experience the stress of trying to provide a variety of nutritious foods and maintain healthy diets on limited budgets. Snap-Ed, through Food Talk class, provides a variety of tools and ideas to help families cut food costs and provide healthy meals and snacks for family members.

The Food Talk series consists of 6 sessions and participants typically meet once per week for 6 weeks. Class emphasis is placed on helping participants:

*Increase fruit, vegetable & low fat dairy consumption
*Decrease sodium intake
*Plan healthy meals
*Increase food safety practices
*Save money

“Our program assistants are truly excited about helping participants learn how to live healthier lives,” states Chester. “To make their sessions more interactive, they include cooking demonstrations, recipes and tasting sessions!”

In Georgia, Snap-Ed is conducted through University of Georgia (UGA) Extension and is also affiliated with UGA’s College of Family & Consumer Science.

For more information, please contact Fulton County Cooperative Extension SNAP-Ed Program at (404) 332-2400.

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including Communications in an alternative format should contact the Disability Liaison in Cooperative Extension at (404) 612-2400. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.

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