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General Information About the Arizona Nutrition Network

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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.


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What is our mission:

To shape food consumption in a positive way, promote health, and reduce disease among all people living in Arizona.


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What we do:

The Arizona Nutrition Network helps its partners to provide nutrition education through statewide campaigns and informational materials.


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How we work:

The Arizona Nutrition Network is an Arizona program with statewide partners that include health departments, Native American tribes, school districts, food banks, and non-profit agencies.


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Current Campaigns

  • Fruits and Veggies

    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 fruits and vegetables in season when flavor and price are the best! To find out more about Arizona grown fruits and vegetables click here: Harvest Calendar
     

  • Healthy Proteins

    Dairy Delight

    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

    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.

  • Physical Activity

    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/

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What is SNAP?

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.


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Who can receive SNAP?

SNAP is based on income and expenses. To find out more, visit your local Department of Economic Security office or visit USDA for more information.


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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:

Visit the USDA for more information regarding the application process, or go to your local DES office.

Champions for Change

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What is a Champion for Change?

Champions for Change are individuals that aim to make healthy lifestyle choices despite everyday challenges. Champions do what is necessary to be happy and healthy.

Remember Champions:

  • Cook together
  • Eat together
  • Talk together
  • Make mealtime a family time

Children learn from watching you. Make the change and they will too!

 

Be a Champion for Change in your household.

 

Remember that making small changes can add up to big wins!

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