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Eating Smart • Being Active is an evidence-based healthy eating and active living curriculum for limited-resource adults offered through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Offered in a variety of settings, participants are taught one-on-one, in small groups and face-to-face or remotely. Referrals, community partnerships, and agency collaborations are welcome.

Developed by Colorado State University Extension, Eating Smart • Being Active focuses on simple messages related to food and nutrition and gives participants a chance to apply new information through interactive activities. Based on current health and nutrition research, the curriculum consists of nine core lessons, offered in six sessions, that each last 45 to 60 minutes. A sampling of nutritious recipes, lesson reinforcements, and physical activity are included at each lesson.

Lesson Titles and Goals

  • Lesson 1: Welcome to Eating Smart • Being Active
    • Goal: Families receive lesson overview and build relationship with nutrition educator.
  • Lesson 2: Get Moving!
    • Goal: Families enjoy being active.
  • Lesson 3: Plan, Shop, Save
    • Goal: Families plan and shop for meals and snacks that are healthy and within their budget.
  • Lesson 4: Fruits and Veggies: Half Your Plate
    • Goal: Families increase the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables they eat every day.
  • Lesson 5: Make Half Your Grains Whole
    • Goal: Families identify whole grain foods and understand why whole grains are beneficial.
  • Lesson 6: Go Lean with Protein
    • Goal: Families choose lean sources of protein and learn ways to keep food safe to eat.
  • Lesson 7: Build Strong Bones
    • Goal: Families get enough calcium from low-fat or non-fat dairy foods or other foods high in calcium.
  • Lesson 8: Make a Change
    • Goal: Families choose foods low in fat, sugar, and salt.
  • Lesson 9: Celebrate! Eat Smart and Be Active
    • Goal: Participants celebrate new knowledge and skills as well as ways to involve the family in making good food choices.


Contact your local Extension office for more information. Follow Alabama EFNEP on Facebook. Text EFNEP to 555888 to receive nutrition tips. Message and data rates may apply. 

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