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The North Carolina Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The North Carolina Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is making a real difference in the lives of families by helping them to adopt the core behaviors for obesity prevention. North Carolina EFNEP is a federally funded educational program conducted through the Cooperative Extension Service at NC State University and NC A&T State University. EFNEP teaches classes based on the core strategies for obesity prevention outlined in North Carolina’s Obesity Prevention Plan 2013–2020. Through the classes taught between 2013 and 2016, they reached 16,535 families with young children and 99,883 school-aged youth. EFNEP helps address the challenges limited resource families face when introducing healthy changes through nutrition education, cooking classes, physical activity strategies, and shopping on a limited budget.

Program Coordinator, Lorelei Jones, credits the EFNEP staff for their dedication and commitment to helping families build the knowledge, skills and confidence to eat smart and move more. Lorelei notes, “The EFNEP staff work tirelessly to make a positive difference in their communities. They meet families where they are by showing them how to prepare and eat healthy foods with limited resources and budgets in mind. Staff members encourage families and youth to set personal goals and celebrate their communities. They meet families where they are by showing them how to prepare and eat healthy foods with limited resources and budgets in mind. Staff members encourage families and youth to set personal goals and celebrate their progress along the way. They also help participants establish walking clubs, connect them with other agencies that offer healthy food and physical activity opportunities, and empower them to shape their communities by advocating for improvements to their built environment—such as adding walking paths or gardens—that help promote active living.

The NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is making a real difference in the lives of families by helping them to adopt the core behaviors for obesity prevention. EFNEP classes were taught to 16,535 families with young children between 2013 and 2016, and pre/post surveys show the following:

  • 55% of participants reported eating more fruit
  • 54% reported eating more vegetables
  • 50% increased their daily physical activity
  • 59% reported decreasing the amount of sugary beverages they drank
  • 52% reported eating more meals together as a family

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