The goal of SNaX is to empower middle school students to make healthy decisions about nutrition and exercise. SNaX also helps schools create an environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity.
SNaX works because students lead the way. SNaX operates through Student Advocates, who are students recruited and trained to provide information to their peers and lead activities such as taste tests of cafeteria food. The SNaX program engages students in discussing nutrition and physical activity in the classroom, during lunchtime, at home with their family, and in the community.
SNaX was funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (R24 MD001648, MA Schuster, Principal Investigator).