Family and consumer science agents with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, including Regina Chaney, are working the front lines in America’s battle against obesity and related health issues.

On Nov. 13, scores of Family and Consumer agents went to Little Rock for an update on the Smart Nutrition Active People-Education program, or SNAP-Ed, which agents use to help Arkansas families stay on track with nutrition and exercise, while learning to do so in a way that keeps their finances on track.

"SNAP-Ed is a program that keeps things real for people we teach," said Chaney, CEA-FCS/4-H. "We do more than just encourage healthy eating and lifestyle habits, we connect all the dots that affect families on a day-to-day basis to make healthy living do-able."

Amy McClelland, extension program associate-SNAP-Ed, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said the goals of the program are to teach families to:

• Buy and prepare healthful meals and snacks based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA Food Guidance System

• Become more physically active

• Improve safe handling, preparation, and storage of food

• Develop spending and savings plans to make food dollars last throughout the month

To learn more about SNAP-Ed, visit or contact your county extension office at 745-7117.