What’s the Best Way to Get SNAP Users to Eat Healthy?

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Millions of Americans get help buying groceries from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. With diabetes, obesity, and other diet-related illnesses widespread among all Americans, our country has a vested interest in making sure they’re eating healthy food.

What’s the best way to do that? Do you take the “stick” approach and prohibit SNAP dollars from being spent on junk food? Or do you take the “carrot” approach and encourage SNAP users to buy fresh produce (a la Michigan’s Double Up Food Bucks program)?

A new study examines the effectiveness of each strategy. As Civil Eats reports, they found that “a combined, holistic approach works best.”

Read the full article at CivilEats.com.