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EFNEP Nutrition Education for Teens and Youth Program

June 30, 2022

Christine J. Patrick, Senior Agent – EFNEP

Situation – Many children and adolescents in the United States are obese. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, policy and school curriculum changes that make it easier for children and adolescents to eat healthily and be physically active can help reduce obesity. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides practical, hands-on nutrition education.

Response – The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Educator in Bamberg County conducted the “Teen Cuisine” program at Bamberg Ehrhardt High School. Teen Cuisine program focuses on cooking skills while teaching teens nutrition, food safety, and physical activity.

Impact – Thirty-five (35) Culinary Arts and Food and Nutrition students participated in the program. 100% of the students stated that they enjoyed the program and were able to graduate from the program.

EFNEP Nutrition Program for Youth – According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, obesity is a complex, serious, and costly public health issue that affects two out of three South Carolina adults and one out of three children. A lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating habits can lead to obesity. This disease increases the risk of disability and mortality. The Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) brings federal, state, and local resources to target adults and youth. Nutrition Educator, Christine Patrick, conducted the “Choose Health: Food, Fun and Fitness” for a child in Bamberg and Barnwell counties. The program was able to reach a total of 387 youth.

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.