The University of Minnesota SNAP-Ed program adapted, with permission from
North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction and East Carolina University’s
Activity Promotion Lab, a set of Energizers. Energizers are five- to tenminute
physical activities that focus on an educational concept. The Energizers
were adapted by Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs) across the state to
focus on nutrition. In addition, the activities were edited to ensure adaptability
across a wide variety of audiences and for ease of teaching. Each Energizer for
Simply Good Eating activity is available as an electronic document that can be
downloaded from the University of Minnesota Extension website individually
or as a set of 53. Energizers for SGE require little or no preparation or equipment
and can be adapted to fit the time available during the nutrition lesson. For example, “Pass the Salmonella, Please” is an Energizer that works with
all ages to reinforce food safety messages. The CNE coats a rubber chicken
with a gel to simulate germs, participants pass the chicken around to music,
then examine their hands under a black light to demonstrate how bacteria are
spread in the kitchen. Energizers were finalized for use by CNEs to bolster
existing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) for
low-income families to help increase the likelihood that participants will make
positive dietary and lifestyle choices on a limited income. University of Minnesota
Extension reports 62 percent of participants attending SNAP-Ed classes
with an Energizer responded “I am now more physically active as a result of
Lovett, Kathleen; Johnson, Betsy; Caskey, Mary.
Energizing SNAP-Ed: Using Physical Activity to Inspire Diet and Lifestyle Changes.
University of Minnesota Extension.
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