Healthy Holidays
To begin your healthy holidays, is highlighting Federally administered benefit programs available to help you make healthier eating choices, achieve physical fitness and improve your financial health.

Improved nutrition and health this holiday season falls in-line with national goals. The USDA, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has kicked off an educational campaign promoting healthy eating and physical activity in children and families. The campaign is called Eat Smart. Play Hard.? and offers practical suggestions that will help motivate families to eat healthy and be active.

If you want to check your potential eligibility for the following federal and federally funded, state-administered programs, the website can help.

Food Stamp Program
The Food Stamp Program provides benefits to low-income people that they can use to buy food to improve their diets. Food stamp recipients spend their benefits (in the form of paper coupons or electronic benefits on debit cards) to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores. For more information, visit the Food Stamp Program.

In addition, each state administers a Federally-funded Food Stamp program. Visit individual state program listings to find the program in your area.

Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico operates this program in place of the Food Stamp Program. Eligibility requirements and benefit amounts are determined by Puerto Rico. Currently, Puerto Rico targets 75% of nutrition assistance benefits to the purchase of food, while providing 25% in cash through the Commonwealth's electronic benefits transfer system. For more information, visit the Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico Program.

President George W. Bush introduced the President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports during his first administration. Nearly half of American adults report that they do not exercise at all, and seven out of 10 do so infrequently. The President is committed to a "Healthier US" and you can find fitness, nutrition, and healthy choices on the Healthier US website. For further information visit

Healthy holidays also include planning and management of your finances. The Federal Government has created a new website dedicated to helping you understand more about managing your money. For further information, visit