Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
The Eating Smart • Being Active program provides nutrition education to limited-resource families by working with clients in their homes and with neighbors, using what is available in the home, and helping in the development of healthier, happier families.
The program focuses on simple messages related to food and nutrition and gives participants a chance to apply new information through interactive activities. The curriculum consists of eight core lessons that each last 60-90 minutes long. Eating Smart • Being Active lessons are based on current health and nutrition research. A food sampling, small incentive, and physical activity are included.
Lessons and Goals
- Lesson 1, Get Moving! Goal: Families enjoy being active.
- Lesson 2, Plan, Shop, Save. Goal: Families plan and shop for meals and snacks that are healthy and within their budget.
- Lesson 3, Vary Your Veggies…Focus on Fruit. Goal: Families increase the amount of vegetables and fruits they eat every day.
- Lesson 4: Make Half Your Grains Whole. Goal: Families choose at least half of their grains as whole grains.
- Lesson 5: Build Strong Bones. Goal: Families get enough calcium from low-fat or non-fat dairy foods or other foods high in calcium.
- Lesson 6: Go Lean with Protein. Goal: Families have lean protein foods and keep foods safe to eat.
- Lesson 7: Make a Change! Goal: Families limit foods high in fat, sugar, and salt.
- Lesson 8: Celebrate! Eat Smart and Be Active. Goal: Participants celebrate new knowledge and skills to make healthy food and activity choices.
Contact your local Extension office for more information. Follow Alabama EFNEP on Facebook and Twitter. Text EFNEP to 555888 to receive nutrition tips.