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The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) reaches families with incomes at or below the poverty threshold, or families that qualify for federal food assistance programs (WIC, Electronic Benefits Transfer, TANF, Head Start, free or reduced school lunches) when these families have school-age or younger children living in the home. Pregnant women who qualify for WIC also qualify for EFNEP.
EFNEP helps adult participants learn skills and strategies to feed their family nutritious meals on a limited budget and improve their overall health. The skills learned also help families learn how to change behaviors that place them at risk for overweight and the diseases associated with being overweight.
Participants learn to:
As a result of their EFNEP experience adults:
Contact your local Cooperative Extension to learn more about EFNEP in your county. Participation is free and is offered at a variety of sites convenient to you. EFNEP is taught in collaboration with many local WIC clinics, Head Start Centers, Family Resource Centers, Job Clubs, and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. If you wish, EFNEP may also be offered to you individually in your home.
You will participate in on-going classes designed specifically for you or the group you join. Typical classes are taught once a week for one hour. You are expected to attend a minimum of nine lessons and can participate in as many as 22 lessons.
When you sign up for the program, some information will be collected from you to help your Program Assistant select the best series of classes to meet your needs and interest. Your Program Assistant will share with you a summary of your current dietary intake and help you set goals for eating smart and moving more.
During the classes, you will have a chance to try new recipes. You will practice skills that will help you save money on your grocery bill and you will learn how to make meals at home in a short amount of time. What's more, you'll have fun. Learning a new activity to help you move more will increase your energy and physical fitness and you will have the support of a well-trained Program Assistant to encourage you to reach your goals throughout the series of classes.
When you graduate from EFNEP, you will receive:
The Adult component of the program utilizes a curricula developed collaboratively with the Division of Public Health, Nutrition Services Branch and Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch and NC State University called, EFNEP's Families Eating Smart and Moving More (FESMM). The curriculum consists of 21 lessons under five major headings:
Introduction to the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
Moving More, Every Day, Everywhere, Watching Less
Eating Smart at Home
Eating Smart on the Run
Eating Smart Throughout the Lifecycle
EFNEP's Families Eating Smart and Moving More uses both hands-on food preparation activities and incorporates physical activities into each lesson. Participants are challenged to make positive changes to achieve good nutrition and health, increase physical activity, control portion sizes, practice food resource management skills, practice food safety in preparation and practice safe storage and handling of food.