Healthy Eating

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While it is widely known that eating a healthy diet protects against heart disease, cancer and obesity, many Washtenaw County residents struggle to eat nutritious foods. The HP/DP Division provides a variety of nutrition services through a mix of funding sources including the Michigan Nutrition Network, Michigan Department of Community Health and the Kresge Foundation. Our emphasis is on connecting people with healthy food resources, providing information on the benefits of eating healthier, providing skills to build self-efficacy and motivating people to change their eating behaviors.

Nutrition Education for Low-Income Audiences (SNAP-ed) 

Washtenaw County Public Health provides nutrition education for low-income residents at food pantries, public housing facilities, and other venues.  Nutrition education is focused on those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as Food Stamps or Bridge Card/EBT.  Funding is provided by the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Nutrition Network.  For more information contact Amanda Ng at nga@ewashtenaw.org or (734) 544-2973.

Prescription for Health

Our Prescription for Health Program connects patients with lower incomes to their local farmers market through their medical clinic. Washtenaw County Public Health and clinic partners provide nutrition education and support in the clinic setting and at the farmers markets; patients redeem their prescriptions for fresh produce at the markets. For more information contact Sharon Sheldon at sheldonsp@ewashtenaw.org or (734) 544-6781. 

Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH

The Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program provides low-income seniors and disabled adults with coupons to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables at their local farmers markets.  Washtenaw County Public Health receives a limited number of coupon booklets from the State of Michigan Office of Services to the Aging. For more information, contact Amanda Ng at nga@ewashtenaw.org or (734) 544-2973.  

Farm to School

Farm to School programs connect schools (K-12) and local farms with the objective of serving fresh locally grown produce as part of the school meals program through the school cafeterias. Improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education, and supporting local and regional farmers are all part of a successful farm to school program.  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention staff sit on Farm to School Committees in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Public School Districts. For more information, contact Sharon Sheldon at sheldonsp@ewashtenaw.org or (734) 544-6781.  

For additional information on healthy eating, please visit the following websites:

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