General Information About the Arizona Nutrition Network
Who we are:
The Arizona Nutrition Network (AzNN) is a program of the Arizona Department of Health Services that promotes health and nutrition to people who are participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or who are eligible to participate.
What is our mission:
To shape food consumption in a positive way, promote health, and reduce disease among all people living in Arizona.
What we do:
The Arizona Nutrition Network helps its partners to provide nutrition education through statewide campaigns and informational materials.
How we work:
The Arizona Nutrition Network is an Arizona program with statewide partners that include health departments, the University of Arizona, Native American tribes, school districts, food banks, and non-profit agencies.
Mealtime is Family Time
Make family meals and memories together. It takes a little work to bring everyone together for meals, but it's worth it and the whole family eats better. It's a lesson your children will use for life.
Make Half Your Plate Vegetables and Fruits
Vegetables and fruits are nature's power foods! Make half your plate vegetables and fruits and help keep your heart, teeth, gums, eyes and skin healthy. Eat them every day at meals, snacks or for dessert.
TIP: Buy fresh vegetables and fruits in season when flavor and price are the best! To find out more about Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables, click here: Harvest Calendar
Fat-free or low-fat (1%) dairy foods are packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals without all the fat. Switching to fat-free or low-fat (1%) dairy foods helps maintain healthy blood pressure, manage weight, and build better bones.
Whole Grains for Health
Eating whole grains is a healthy choice for everyone in your family. Making at least half your grains whole may help reduce the risk of heart disease, and manage weight. Learn more about Whole Grains recipes.
Be Active Your Way
Physical activity is important for you and your family. There are lots of ways to be active. Get tips and information about how to make sure your family gets enough physical activity from the Arizona Department of Health Services, then get moving!Learn More: http://azdhs.gov/phs/physicalactivity/
What is SNAP?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) helps families and low income people buy the food they need to have good health. First put into operation in 1939, SNAP, the United States' food stamp program, is still in use today. Its goal is to provide people earning little to no income with a means of purchasing food. The program is mainly funded by the federal government, with each state carrying out its own operations.
Who can receive SNAP?
What does the program provide?
SNAP is meant to supplement the income of those who participate by helping them purchase healthy food with an electronic debit card that is provided. The amount of money on the card depends on the participant's income and expenses.
Participants in SNAP can purchase foods that will be prepared in the home before eating. Some examples include: breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, and dairy products.
Participants can also use SNAP benefits to buy seeds and plants that produce food. The program does not allow the participant to use SNAP money to buy alcohol, hot foods, foods to be eaten in the store, vitamins and medicines, pet foods, or non-food items (such as toiletries). In some areas, restaurants are allowed to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.
How to apply:
Champions for Change
What is a Champion Mom?
Champions for Change are people who are dedicated to helping their families eat more vegetables and fruits and be more physically active. They are also involved in making healthy changes in their neighborhoods.
Small Changes Add Up to Big Wins!
Making changes to eat healthier and be more physically active can have lasting effects on your health.
Many people need to see changes in the mirror, on the scale, or in the way their clothes fit in order to stay motivated to eat healthy and be more active. The good news is that small changes really do add up in a big way-especially if you keep at it. Consistency is the key to seeing results, so make sure you don't give up too soon. Change for you and your family could be just around the corner!