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.
Vegetables and Fruits - Brighten the Family Table
Eating vegetables and fruits is a great way to keep your body healthy, strong and full of energy. These colorful foods not only have many nutrients, but are also full of flavor! Enjoy tasty vegetables and fruits with your meals and snacks to keep you and your family healthy.
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.
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.
Put Little Play into Your Day
Physical activity is an important part of healthy living. There are many ways to get physical activity into your family's day. Physical activity can be fun for the whole family. Get tips and information about how much physical activity your family needs and ways to stay active. Keep your family active by having fun with physical activity.
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.
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.
A Champion Mom is dedicated to helping her family prepare and eat more meals together. Champion Moms include children in planning healthy meals that feature a variety of vegetables and fruits to promote healthy eating habits early. Champion Moms know any meal time can be family time.
Make Meals. Make Memories. Mealtime is Family Time.
Families that eat meals together tend to eat better overall. Each meal and snack eaten together is a chance for children to learn and try new foods, nourish their bodies, and spend time with family members. Meals don’t have to be fancy or expensive. Start small and plan a few family meals a week. Don’t forget to include the kids. Their smiles will light up your kitchen.
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.