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Delivering Nutrition Education to Limited-Resource Families

Recently, Educators from all over the US met to discuss local implementation of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), one of the nation’s largest nutrition education programs. The USDA recently posted information on the meeting, including a brief look at links to some new resources.

Through nutrition education, EFNEP helps limited-resource families and children gain the knowledge and skills to change their current attitudes and behaviors when it comes to choosing nutritionally sound diets and improve their health and well-being. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers EFNEP and provides national program leadership.

“The 2015 EFNEP Conference brought together about 170 representatives from 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities (LGUs) to coordinate, collaborate, and receive training that they can take back and implement in their respective university programs,” said Stephanie Blake, NIFA EFNEP program coordinator.

Conference agenda items included an update on changes to packaged food nutrition labels, youth participant evaluation forms, a new adult behavior checklist, and an Internet tool used for EFNEP evaluation and reporting called the Web-Based Nutrition Education Evaluation and Reporting System. EFNEP coordinators also shared ideas and resources through breakout session presentations and poster exhibits.

EFNEP has assisted more than 32 million families and youth since the program’s inception in 1969. Last year, EFNEP reached nearly 122,000 adults and 400,000 children directly and about 360,000 family members indirectly. Among the results listed in EFNEP’s 2014 Impacts Report, 94 percent of adult participants reported improved diets, 86 percent of youth participants reported an increased ability to choose healthy food, and 84 percent of adults reported being better able to manage food resources.

It's amazing to see the impact that is made. We congratulate and celebrate the folks on the front lines.

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