Impacts: Create Better Health Health (SNAP-Ed)
Food insecure individuals are more likely to have poor diet quality. This can lead to an increased risk of obesity and a multitude of chronic diseases, including type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers. Utah State University Extension’s Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) program (formerly known as Food $ense) is in its 22nd year of improving the knowledge and skills of food insecure Utahns. Improved health and wellness behaviors are associated with improved quality of life, longevity, and reduced health care costs. Through comprehensive programming that addresses the needs of both individuals and communities, Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) makes the healthy choice become the easy choice. Below are the some of the highlights of our FY2019 programming.
Heidi LeBlanc, Director | Casey Coombs, Assistant Director
1 in 5 Utahns experience food insecurity.
3 in 5 Utah adults are overweight or obese.
1 in 6 Utah youth are overweight or obese.
1 in 5 Utah adults meet physical activity recommendations.
1 in 5 Utah youth meet physical activity recommendations.
Create Better Health provides comprehensive programming that gives people the knowledge and skills to make healthy food and physical activity choices, as well as create communities where the healthy choice is the easy choice.
- Create educational experiences that help children develop healthy habits.
- Teach families how to safely prepare healthy meals on a limited budget.
- Make healthy choices easier to make by inﬂuencing policies, systems, and environments.
- Engage with multi-sector partners to expand program reach and impact.
Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) was active in 19 counties during 2019.
Individual Level Impacts
4,669 adults & 11,637 youth received direct nutrition education
social media reach 2,288,250 people
>136,500 people Utah youth meet physical activity recommendations
After adult participants enrolled in Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) classes,
After their child participated in Create MyPlate (SNAP-Ed) classes, parents reported
…there was all of this extra money in my checking account… because my husband has been using the Create Better Health handouts and food he’s found in our pantry or fridge to make dinner every night.
I try to be more conscious of choosing to add more veggies to our meals. I’ve bought more fruits and vegetables and actually used them.
Now I exercise with a group of friends every morning at 6:15, and I also make time to go outside with my baby.
When I make dinner for my family at night I have started thinking about MyPlate and what food groups I am missing. It has been so good for my family.
Community Level Impacts
Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) works throughout Utah to ensure that healthy food is available, visible and appealing for our target population. Changes to policy, systems and environments (PSEs) have resulted in improved healthy food access in a variety of settings.
Create Better Health developed this thumbs up image because research indicates that nudges, like the Thumbs Up shelf talkers and educators, are effective at encouraging people to make healthier choices in a variety of retail settings. It can now be seen in grocery stores across Utah to help Utahn’s make better food choices.
~42,000 Utahns have improved access to healthy food as a result of Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) PSE work.
SNAP-Ed assisted in helping organizations make:
30 locations improved healthy food access, including:
SNAP-Ed eligible stores
PSE Success Stories
At a follow-up, the school lunchroom worker had made some signage changes and some really awesome changes to the salad bar placement and signs! She tries to make a connection with each kid as they come through the line and encourage good choices she sees them making.
Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) has worked with 175 organization partnerships to offer programming.