Heli J. Roy | 3/15/2005 1:25:12 AM
Description of the Program:
The mission of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is to empower limited resource families and youth to improve their health, to have a better quality of life through improved diets, and to make a better selection when buying foods by managing their food budgets and related resources.
In 2008, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program served 1,573 low-income families in 10 parishes: Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, Jefferson, Madison, Richland and Orleans. Paraprofessionals trained in nutrition conducted a total of 12,461 lessons on various topics of nutrition such as: MyPyramid, Dietary Guidelines, Fruits and Vegetables, Dairy, Heart Health, Thrifty Shopping and Protein Selections.
A curriculum of 12 lessons was taught in small groups to enrolled participants and their children. To graduate from the program, participants completed a minimum of 10 of the 12 lessons. Eighty-eight percent of the enrollees completed the program.
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program sought input from stakeholders at face-to-face meetings and in advisory committees of various local organizations and agencies, local government and business officials, schools, churches and community agencies.
The problems identified by the stakeholders were addressed. Stakeholders requested information and programs relative to Recommended Dietary Guidelines; reduced fat, sugar and salt; foods for young children; nutrition related to health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other health-related problems; food safety; weight reduction; how to make healthier meal selections and select healthier snacks for children; the importance of exercise and physical activity in daily routine; how to make healthy lifestyle changes to prevent chronic diseases and obesity.
Nutritional displays were set up at health fairs along with with nutritional publications relative to Recommended Dietary Guidelines and reduced fat, sugar and salt. Food safety displays and educational literature on the safe handling of food were set up at various agencies.
Health fairs were used to recruit potential clientele and organizations and to disseminate information about the EFNEP program. Extension literature was distributed and food demonstrations were conducted parishwide.
At Program Exit:
There were 7,254 youth enrolled in EFNEP during FY07-08. Majority were grades 3-5.
As a result of participating in EFNEP:
In FY 2008, EFNEP created 43 positions in the state and reached more than 8,000 people.
EFNEP coordinator and technology support associate participated in monthly conference calls with southern region EFNEP coordinators from Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Puerto Rico. Attended regional and national EFNEP coordinators meetings -- planning the program, sharing educational materials, presenting curricula and evaluating impact of the program. The Texas Agricultural Service and other Southern region Extension participated in EATSMART curriculum, a certification program for the EFNEP paraprofessionals. Approximately $261,079 was spent in multi-state efforts.
State agencies that work closely with the EFNEP program are the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs, the Department of Education, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Health and Hospitals, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Association of Independent Grocers. These agencies work closely with EFNEP to enhance our programs and improve out community impact. The LSU School of Human Ecology has collaborated with EFNEP to develop evaluation protocols, a nutrition research teaching nutrition lab and preceptor supervision for dietetic interns. Contributions from research counterparts included assistance in determining program needs through focus groups, meetings, development of nutrition education materials, agent training and presentations for clientele. It is estimated that 30% of FTE allocations to this program is attributable to multi-function work.