Health in a SNAP! Program

Addressing Childhood Obesity and Hypertension in Rural West Virginia

The Health in a SNAP! Program is a comprehensive clinical and community-based intervention designed to support children and families in achieving a healthy lifestyle through increased access to nutrition education, dietary counseling, and locally grown produce.

Parent of children identified as obese and/or hypertensive through the CARDIAC screening will receive an invitation to enroll in the Health in a SNAP! Program. The program will include the following opportunities:

  • Eating Smart, Being Active is a class for adults interested in learning more about nutrition and how to prepare healthy, low cost meals. Classes are interactive and allow participants to taste and prepare foods. Participants receive items such as food thermometers, measuring spoons and recipes to support their adoption of healthier habits. All family members are welcome to participate. 

  • Teen Cuisine is a class designed to teach youth in 6th-12th grade life skills for maintaining a healthy body. Participants learn basic nutrition and cooking skills in an interactive and fun environment and receive a workbook with recipes and prizes at each session. All family members are welcome to participate. 

  • Dietary Counseling: Receive advice from a Registered/Licensed Dietitian via phone or Skype. Up to 3-30-minute sessions are available and participants will receive support to develop personalized meal plans and behavior modification strategies.

  • Farmers Market Vouchers or Fresh Produce Box: Each family will receive up to $100 in produce from local farms either in the form of vouchers to shop at a local farmers market, a CSA box of produce or meal kits.  

  • Home Gardening Education & Support: Participate in hands on gardening education provided by Health Educators or WVU Extension agriculture agents.

If you are interested in participating in any of the programs offered, please contact Kristin McCartney at 304-356-1310 or kristin.mccartney@mail.wvu.edu. Please include in your email/message your name, child’s name, county and the programs you are interested in participating in. Some programs may have limits on the numbers of participants and may be offered on a first come, first serve basis.