Maintaining healthy choices may be difficult for limited-resource individuals and families. Many times, limited-resource families live in areas with inadequate access to health care and healthy food options. Because of unhealthy eating habits and reduced access to physical activity, limited-resource families run higher risks for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and other diseases.
Since 1969, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program has educated limited-resource families and youth in Louisiana, teaching them to develop skills to make healthy changes that will lead to improved diets and nutritional well-being. Through EFNEP’s ”hands-on” approach, participants learn to make behavioral changes and improve the nutritional quality of meals for their families.
- Focuses on food-related practices to help participants achieve personal and family wellness.
- Is taught by peer educators who live in the communities they serve.
- Delivers research-based teaching through a series of interactive direct-education lessons.
- Partners with community agencies to improve food and physical activity environments.
- Is dedicated to reaching diverse, limited-resource populations.
2020 EFNEP Sites:
- 6 Head Start Facilities
- 1 Technical College
- 10 schools
Calcasieu Parish EFNEP Reach:
- 147 residents in EFNEP educational series
- 147 adults enrolled in nutrition education series
- 703 youth enrolled in nutrition education series
- 526 total family participants
- 92% of EFNEP adult participants reported income at or below 185% of poverty level
2020 Calcasieu Parish EFNEP Results:
- 70% improved food resource management practices
- 81% improved diet quality
- 64% improved physical activity behaviors
- 71% improved food safety practices
- 31% improved food security
- 89% improved ability to choose foods according to the dietary guidelines
- 49% improved physical activity practices
- 53% improved food safety practices