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Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE)

FSNE provides nutrition education to help low-income individuals and families make healthy food choices, develop food preparation skills, handle food safely, improve shopping skills, and increase physical activity. FSNE also provides nutrition education training to volunteers and professionals who provide services to low-income families, thus expanding the reach of the program.

FSNE educators collaborate with state and local organizations and often partner with many USDA food and nutrition programs such as WIC, the school lunch and breakfast program, HEAD START, and others to strengthen programming and ensure that key nutrition messages are consistent throughout USDA food and nutrition programs. Current messages encourage the public to:

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Make at least half your grains whole
  • Drink water instead of sugar sweetened beverages
  • Switch to low fat or reduced fat milk (1%)
  • Cut back on foods high in solid fat, added sugars and salt.
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