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Navajo County Public Health Services
Nutrition Services Program

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The Nutrition Services program priorities are educating to shape food consumption in a positive way and to promote health and prevent disease among SNAP participants living in the county.

The key messages the project will focus on are: increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables, drinking 1% or fat free milk, and maintaining a healthy weight, increasing the consumption of whole grains, and promoting cost-saving strategies while encouraging healthy food choices.

School Based Programs for Head start, Kindergarten through 8th grade and after school programs.  The Nutrition Services program has enhanced the nutrition education strategies by expanding SNAP-Ed activities to each grade level.

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Healthy Habits: Children have the unique potential to learn healthy habits that will follow them from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.
Education: Healthy children do well in school. A healthy balanced diet and physical activity improve cognitive functioning in everyone: children, teens, and adults!
Prevention: Healthy children turn into healthy adults. Children who eat healthy and are physically active are less likely to become overweight or obese later in life.

Community Coalitions Working with community groups on worksite wellness and public health approaches.

Programs on the Navajo Nation
The Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program, a First Things First initiative, provides nutrition education and physical activity training to families and childcare providers on the Navajo Nation to ensure that children birth to five are ready to succeed in school by eating healthy and living active. We have partnered with the Coconino County Public Health Services District are grant funded by First Things First to provide education to families and childcare providers on the Navajo Nation that target nutrition, physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight for children birth to five years old. Through center based and home based visits our Health Educators have the potential to reach a large number of children and families in populated towns as well as rural areas.

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