Expanded Food Nutrition Education Transitions Learning Style


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EFNEP meets the needs of the community at home via online. 

A new historical school session has begun, and our San Diego EFNEP team is ready to offer remote education! Join us on Zoom to get moving and learn about nutrition and wellness!

Nutrition insecurity is a significant national health concern, especially among low-income communities experiencing poor health. What is food insecurity? Many times, food insecurity is associated with nutrition insecurity and defined as poor nutrition, limited physical activity, and unsafe food practices.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is the nation’s first nutrition education program serving the low-income community. Last year EFNEP celebrated its 50th anniversary and continues to make direct impacts in the community by reducing nutrition insecurity. We work with parents and school aged youth by helping families save money on groceries, teaching healthy food practices, and improving overall well-being.

Adult Program

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Since March of 2020, our team has successfully transitioned all our in-person classes to 100% online! This program titled UCCE Connects to You! is a set of 10 newsletter (lessons) emailed to qualified EFNEP participants, followed by weekly group meetings, via Zoom. The curriculum has MyPlate key messaging, a healthy habit focus, SMART goal setting, physical activity and a recipe to try. The UC ANR Cooperative Extension mission supports community vitality by focusing on the socio-economic potential and addressing the critical needs of the people. The program goal and mission are met through sound science and education, and foster learning and engagement in our program facilitation. We care about family well-being and our educator’s passion and program delivery has proven to be a success.

What will you learn?

  • Learn how to read food labels! Understand how to read Nutrition Facts and what they mean for your health. Understand how to watch your sugar intake, and the difference between total sugar vs. added sugar.
  • Learn to cook on a budget! Watch how easy it is to prepare healthy recipes!
  • Learn about food safety! Instruction how to prepare and defrost foods before cooking, how to cook food thoroughly, and how to store food safely.
  • Learn about food pantries, local farmers markets, and other food resources in your community.
  • Learn how to get active with exercise tips while at home that have no cost!
  • Learn about other programs where you can become enriched on how to preserve food! Or how to start your own garden!

Youth Program

    Photo: Educator leads physical activity for 1st graders.

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EFNEP helps school-aged youth acquire knowledge, skills, and the healthy habits to create nutritionally sound diets and maintain healthy lifestyles. The Youth Nutrition Program aims to enroll school-aged youth from limited resource families in the San Diego communities. The EFNEP Youth Nutrition Program is an approved curriculum and now available as an interactive PowerPoint that can be viewed through Zoom and/or other platforms.

The EFNEP Youth curriculum meets literary goals and educational standards (K-12). Select book readings are available for an enriched read-aloud experience. Our youth educator is available to collaborate with teachers and educators regarding our online program delivery with flexibility to meet specific student or classroom needs during this unique time. Ask us how we can help with your Zoom P.E. class!

Learn more! Contact our Adult or Youth EFNEP Educator in your area.

For more information visit the San Diego County EFNEP website at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/SD-NFCS/Staff/

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Participant Testimonial

Translated Spanish to English - Educator Mary Maser 

This course motivated me to care about living a healthy lifestyle with my family, by enjoying food in moderation and paying attention to the nutritional content of the food I buy in the store.  At the same time, I learned how to budget for the family and read the nutrition facts labels and  to compare brands of food to store brands and know that sometimes it is the same ingredients but the price changes. I learned how to save money when I shop. I highly recommend this course.”

~ Angélica J., UCCE C2U Graduate

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