Georgia ranks 21 out of 50 in the United States for adult obesity (being very overweight) and has an obesity rate of 32.5% (higher than the national rate of 30%). Low-income families are at greater risk for developing obesity and other chronic diseases (long-lasting sicknesses). They are also more likely to experience food shortages since the money to buy food is limited or unavailable. In the United States, 78 million Americans are at increased risk of developing serious health conditions due to obesity. Southern states are affected more often by this national public health crisis.
SNAP-Ed is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS). It serves as the educational arm of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as Food Stamps. SNAP-Ed aims to increase the knowledge and self-help of people receiving SNAP by providing them with education and offering support that makes healthy choices the easier and preferred choice for families living on a limited budget.
DPH’s SNAP-Ed program utilizes a combination of evidence-based approaches to offer 4 interventions to SNAP-Ed eligible adults ages 18-64 across 5 public health districts.
Georgia DPH SNAP-Ed Program Overview
DPH collaborates with 5 public health districts to implement the SNAP-Ed program. The districts are:
- Clayton Health District
- East Metro (Gwinnett) Health District
- North Central (Macon) Health District
- Southwest (Albany) Health District
- West Central (Columbus) Health District
The map below depicts the counties where SNAP-Ed interventions are currently being implemented.
Social Marketing Campaigns
Hydrate My State is a statewide campaign initiative led by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and Georgia SNAP-Ed IAs. The campaign promotes the consumption of water and other healthy beverages. All campaign messaging centers on at least one of three points: the link between sugary drinks and chronic diseases, the excess calories in sugary drinks, and the importance of drinking water. The messaging will be promoted through social media postings and during community outreach events held during the month of September.
The DPH social marketing campaign aims to increase awareness of the SNAP-Ed program and provide messaging about eating smart, moving more, and drinking more water. The campaign will target census tracts and zip codes where the SNAP-Ed target audience resides in the funded health districts.
FFY20 SNAP-Ed Impact
- USDA SNAP-Ed Website
- SNAP-Ed Connection
- The Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
The material was funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
For the USDA's full non-discrimination statement, click here.
Page last updated 08/25/2021