Abstract| Volume 45, ISSUE 4, SUPPLEMENT , S15, July 2013

Idaho's SNAP-Ed Program from Good to Great


      Idaho SNAP-Ed objectives: to increase dietary quality in adults by increasing fruit and vegetable, whole-grains and low-fat dairy consumption; to ultimately, reduce health care costs.

      Target audience

      Idaho’s SNAP-Ed Program, Eat Smart Idaho, is designed to help limited resource adults and families better manage food resources and encourage healthy lifestyles.

      Theory, Prior Research, Rationale

      Idaho’s SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) program is Eat Smart Idaho and is administered through University of Idaho (UI) Extension. In 2010 the Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act included provisions that made major changes to SNAP-Ed. The Food Research and Action Center reported a 23.7% increase in SNAP participation in Idaho from December 2009 to December 2010. The economic downturn and the increase in SNAP clientele has lead for the need for highly impactful and improved programing from Idaho SNAP-Ed.


      UI faculty spent the last year using evidence-based information to move Eat Smart Idaho from good to great in programming and evaluation. Poster will include: focus group results from both target audiences and partnering agencies; results from a validated Food Behavior Checklist from University of California, Davis; system management tools, using Snap Survey Software; cost benefit analysis results of Idaho’s program, and Idaho’s SNAP-Ed public value statement.


      Food Behavior Checkist changes included a 50% increase in fruit consumption, a 50% increase in vegetable consumption, a 49% increase in consumption of low-fat dairy, a 54% increase in whole grains, and a 47% increase physical activity.

      Conclusions and Implications

      Information shared in this poster will be applicable to other SNAP-Ed programming sites.


      Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education.