Current statistics on the health problems that adults and their families face indicate the need to improve nutrition knowledge, to encourage hands-on experience with food, and practice healthful, practical cooking with fresh and affordable foods.
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a federally funded program delivered through the Cooperative Extension Service that aims to assist limited-resource families in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary to improve nutritional health and well-being. EFNEP provides nutrition education in four core areas: Diet Quality and Physical Activity, Food Resource Management, Food Safety, and Food Security.
In South Carolina, experienced and trained Nutrition Educators ‘follow a recipe’ and teach Eating Smart Being Active (ESBA), an evidence-based curriculum developed by Colorado State. ESBA is tailored to meet individual needs through a series of hands-on interactive lessons and delivered individually or to groups through partnerships with local community organizations. The ‘learn-by-doing’ approach allows participants to gain the practical skills necessary to make positive behavior changes to lead a healthier lifestyle.
SC EFNEP teaches SC adults cooking skills, food resource management, and behavior changes that promote a healthy lifestyle. In 2021, SC EFNEP reached 396 families, and the outcome data revealed:
Through an experiential learning process called A Recipe for Success, EFNEP participants increase their ability to select and eat healthier foods, stretch their dollars by managing food budgets, decrease foodborne illnesses, and increase physical activity.
Aaron C. Swank, MPH, is an applied epidemiologist working with the Fairfield County Extension Service as a Nutrition Educator under […]
Marlyne R. Walker, MS, RD EFNEP Curriculum Coordinator/EFNEP Specialist Studies have implied that individuals are not always practicable to attend […]
Situation: The onset of the COVID19 pandemic in March 2020 presented pragmatic and logistic challenges to conduct traditional face to […]