On the strawberry patch: Healthy life starts with healthy food

Good health starts with good nutrition.

So many factors affect your health over your lifetime. Genetics, socioeconomic status, education, trauma and luck can all make a huge impact on how well your body functions. But if you make great food choices, you can give yourself the best possible chance to live a long life, no matter how your circumstances might change.

A recent snapshot of health care in Alaska showed approximately 18.5% of the population received their health care through Medicaid or CHIP. These programs are essential to provide our neighbors who are affected by poverty or disability with necessary medical and mental health care, bettering the overall health of our communities.

In an effort to improve health outcomes for Americans, and to ultimately reduce spending, Medicaid offers a nutrition counseling program, called Foodsmart, that operates through SNAP to empower beneficiaries to make and afford the best nutrition choices possible

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Saturday May 28, 2022