EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ —Did you know increased consumption of fruits and vegetables decrease your risk of certain chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease? The East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) is hosting an online program titled "Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables” on July 17 at 12:00 pm.

This program is led by NJ SNAP-Ed nutrition educators, Victoria Galarza and Zakiya Stewart. NJ SNAP-Ed, New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education, is a federally funded nutrition and physical activity program administered as collaboration between the New Jersey Department of Human Services and Department of Health. The program shares healthy eating skills and strategies for planning more balanced meals while sticking to a low budget.

The NJ SNAP-Ed includes nutrition education, interactive activities and discusses recipes for adults to make at home for their families. The July 17 online class will be focusing on the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables and how to increase daily consumption.

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A New Jersey native with a passion for helping people, Stewart got her start at College of Saint Elizabeth, where she received her bachelor's degree in Foods and Nutrition. Currently, she is a nutrition educator with the SNAP-Ed program, where she teaches cooking and fitness classes to children and young adults.

After receiving her bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences from Montclair State University, Galarza wanted to follow a path to educate people on nutrition.  She strives as a SNAP-Ed nutrition educator by helping communities of several age groups, teaching them the importance of consuming healthier foods and how to be more physically active.

Registration is required for this free program; it is limited to 25 attendees. To register, go online to www.ebpl.org/calendar. Attendees do not have to live in East Brunswick or have a library card from East Brunswick Public Library. This free program is offered by SNAP-ED through the Community Food Bank of NJ.