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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Just What Is EFNEP?

When I first saw the job posting for an EFNEP Extension Educator, I thought to myself, “EF-what?!?” I imagine a lot of community agencies and the general public might have a similar reaction when they see that acronym.

But when I dug a little deeper, I learned that the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is one of the oldest nutrition education programs in the United States. EFNEP was started by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1968 and operates in all 50 states and some territories. EFNEP started out using a home visit one-on-one model, which has largely been discontinued.

Today, EFNEP provides an experiential learning experience — there are often good smells coming from an EFNEP classroom! What’s more, participants acquire the knowledge and skills to make behavior changes aimed at improving their family’s diet and well-being. Additionally, participants learn how to incorporate more physical activity into everyday living.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Simple Snack Solutions for the Whole Family

March is National Nutrition Month® — a perfect time to put together a healthful eating plan for the whole family. Snacks are an important part of any plan to eat more nutritious foods. Children need snacks for healthy growth and development, and adults need snacks for an energy boost between meals. Following are seven tips for smart snacking — snacking that involves satisfying options with less fat and sugar, and fewer empty calories.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Freezer Meals for Freezing Weather

On these cold winter days, hot, hearty meals are just the thing to warm you up! One-pot recipes are a great option any time of year, but they’re especially welcome during winter when you come in from the cold and dark and don’t want to spend a lot of time making the evening meal. What’s more, you can plan ahead and freeze one-pot meals for later use.
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