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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Two women with aprons, hairnets and gloves chopping celery and apples Silvia Muñoz (left) and Maria Bivins-Gomez learn how to safely prepare an apple salad during an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program class at Myrtle Tate Elementary School in Las Vegas. Photo by Felisa Mandujano Torres, Cooperative Extension Community Based Instructor III.

Program helps bring nutrition education to low-income families in a practical, hands-on, applied way

Relevance/Issue

Poor health disproportionately affects minority and low-income U.S. populations. According to Nevada’s 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey data, of the respondents with incomes less than $25,000 per year, 14 percent were told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they had experienced a heart attack; 11 percent were told they had coronary heart disease; 21 percent were told they had diabetes; 68 percent were overweight; and 47 percent were obese. Low-income families were the most vulnerable to both undernutrition and overconsumption. 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 high-fat, high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods. This is important because chronic disease and poor health disproportionately affect minority and low-income audiences.

Response/What’s Been Done

In Nevada, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is administered by University of Nevada, Reno to engage adults and youth to boost nutrition through building basic skills. Participants learn how to read food labels, save money on groceries, plan meals, safely handle food, make healthy food choices, and be more active. All materials are available in English and Spanish, and programming is done by paraprofessionals in classes at 25 schools and two Head Start locations in Las Vegas. The classes are 90 minutes long and taught weekly for 10 weeks. Since the 2016-2017 school year began, Extension reached 396 participants through adult and youth programming. Extension also conducts outreach activities and events, reaching a combined total of 558 families, of which 88 percent were Hispanic, 18 percent were Caucasian, and 12 percent were African American. Of these families, 71 percent had incomes at or below the poverty level.

Results/Impact and Partners

Results from a pre- and post-evaluation of 574 families who finished the 10-week series showed that, in a 24-hour recall analysis:

  • 551 families (96 percent) made a positive change in the consumption of servings of grains, fruits, vegetables, meat alternatives and dairy.
  • 551 families (96 percent) 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.
  • 533 families (93 percent) showed improvement in one or more food resource management practices.
  • 487 families (85 percent) showed improvement in one or more food-safety practices.
  • 327 families (57 percent) reported an increase in physical activity.

Program partners included:

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IMPACTS




96%

of participating families made a positive change in the consumption of servings of grains, fruits, vegetables, meat alternatives and dairy.



57%

of participating families reported an increase in physical activity.



96%

of participating families 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.



“Now when we go to the store, I always check the nutrient label and remember everything you taught us."

— Program participant




Contact: Jacqueline Black, 702-940-5424

Children, Youth and Families Programs

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4-H Youth Development

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All 4 Kids

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Bootstraps

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Calming the Waters: Learning to Manage Western Water Conflict

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Career Edge: Teens Taking Charge of Their Future! A Workforce Readiness Program

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

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Family Storyteller Literacy Program

National award-winning Family Storyteller is a literacy program aimed at encouraging and training parents to play a vital role in the literacy development of their children. Developed by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), KNPB-TV, the Washoe County libraries and Washoe County School District, the statewide program creates an opportunity for parents and young children to interact around literacy and language activities. Family Storyteller is designed especially for families that may have limited language skills and few children’s books at home.

Fun To Play

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Fun To Play program targets families where, due to the young age, inexperience or limited resources of the parents, young children are placed at-risk for developmental delays and later school difficulties. Fun To Play is a series of weekly infant/child sessions aimed at improving the parenting skills of young parents by increasing the amount of learning activities and interaction they provide their children.

Heart & Shield: Rural Domestic Violence Prevention Program

Young girls making collages with magazine pictures

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young girl sitting at desk in empty classroom

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Children scooping soil from a wheelbarrow into a carton

Nevada State GEAR UP

Partners in Parenting

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Project MAGIC

Project MAGIC is an innovative, collaborative program designed to help juvenile offenders leave the criminal justice system and become productive members of society. While participating in the program, young people ages 12 to 18 learn: positive communication skills, team building, problem solving and decision making, self-responsibility, conflict resolution, aspiration building and goal setting. Youth also select and conduct a service project designed to benefit their community. Parent sessions include the same life skills.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

4-H members showing pigs