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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The mission of Nevada’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is to assist families with limited financial resources. Through educational support and experiential learning, the families acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and changed behavior to improve their nutritional and health status in order to prevent chronic disease and enhance family well-being. Practical application allows learners to see the relevance of information to their daily lives.

Issue

Poor health disproportionately affects minority and low-income U.S. populations. According to Nevada’s 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey data (total n=3,913), of the respondents with incomes less than $25,000 per year, 14% have been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they have had a heart attack, 11% have been told they have coronary heart disease, 21% have been told they have diabetes, and 68% are overweight and 47% are obese. Low income families are the most vulnerable to both under-nutrition and over-consumption. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans specifically emphasize consumption of low-fat, nutrient-dense foods, limited sugars, and increased physical activity. In contrast, food consumption research shows that low-income families often consume low cost, high fat, high calorie foods that provide more calories for less money. EFNEP plays a critical role in bringing nutrition education to low-income families in a practical, hands-on, applied way.

What Has Been Done

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) engages adults and youth to improve nutrition through building basic skills. The key elements of education are: lessons in food safety; wise use of food resources; buying, planning and preparing nutritious meals; encouraging physical activity; modifying behavior related to food practices; and managing money. Program materials are available in English and Spanish. EFNEP programming is conducted by paraprofessionals in group classes at 25 schools and 2 head start locations throughout Las Vegas. The group classes are one and one-half hours in length and conducted each week for eight weeks. Since October 2016, 396 participants were reached through EFNEP adult & youth programming.

Impact

In 2016, EFNEP paraprofessionals worked with 558 families with the race/ethnic breakdown of 88 percent Hispanic, 18 percent White, and 12 percent Black. Of these families, 71 percent have incomes at or below the poverty level. Results of the pre/post evaluation of 574 families showed that, in a 24-hour recall analysis, 96 percent made a positive change in the consumption of servings of grains, fruits, vegetables, meat alternatives and dairy. Ninety-six percent of participants showed improvement in one or more nutrition practices such as planning meals, making healthy food choices, preparing foods without salt, reading nutrition labels and having their children eat breakfast. Ninety-three percent of participants showed improvement in one or more food resource management practices and 85 percent showed improvement in one or more food safety practices. Fifty-seven percent reported an increase in physical activity.

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The mission of Nevada’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is to assist families with limited financial resources. Through educational support and experiential learning, the families acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and changed behavior to improve their nutritional and health status in order to prevent chronic disease and enhance family well-being. Practical application allows learners to see the relevance of information to their daily lives.

Herds and Harvest

Statewide Programs *Statewide programs may not be available in all counties

Programs Program Information
4-H Youth Development
Beef Quality Assurance
Cattlemen’s Update
Food Safety Project
Grow Your Own, Nevada
Invasive Species (Weeds)
Nevada Radon Education Program
Nevada State GEAR UP
Nevada Youth Range Camp
People of the Land
Pesticide Safety Education Program
Riparian and Watershed Assessment and Management
Risk Management
Stronger Economies Together
Unmanned Aerial Systems
Weed Prevention and Management