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Harvard Finds SNAP Program Fails to Boost Consumption of Healthy Foods

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has failed to boost the nutritional value of food purchased and consumed by recipients or to improve food security (ensuring participants have food to meet household needs), according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers. New policies, programs, and nutrition education initiatives are needed to encourage SNAP participants to buy more fruits, vegetables, and other healthier choices instead of choosing less-healthy options such as sugar sweetened beverages, sweets, and highly processed grains, to improve their health and well-being. The study was published online on November 18 in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and will appear in the June/July 2014 print edition.