Calcasieu Parish 2021 EFNEP Annual Report

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.

2021 EFNEP Sites:

  • 6 schools
  • 1 Recreational Center

Calcasieu Parish EFNEP Reach:

  • 475 youth enrolled in nutrition education series

Youth Outreach:

  • 90% improved ability to choose foods according to the dietary guidelines
  • 53% improved physical activity practices
  • 60% improved food safety practices
  • 90% improved ability to prepare simple, nutritious affordable food
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