Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

Since 1968 the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) has made available free Nutrition Education to El Paso County families with children and youth of limited income.  The program holds classes in schools, clinics, and a variety of community centers for groups of adults/parents responsible for children.  Classes are also extended to youth in schools, targeting 3rd and 4th grade, as well as in a variety of community sites.

Youth food prep

Seven staff members, under the supervision of an Extension Agent, teach classes with the cooperation of a number of community partners, including all the Independent School Districts (ISD) in the County.  Free educational materials are provided to participants at each of 8 sessions for adults and 6 sessions for youth.   All adult sessions include a recipe demonstration.  A schedule of the upcoming classes follows.

Teaching

A tradition for Extension, Volunteer Recognition is very important to EFNEP.  Annually the program honors all of its volunteers with a Holiday Open House held the first Wednesday of December at the EFNEP offices.   The event is funded by a Silent Auction held the same day.

Distance Education with EFNEP

Are you or someone you know interested in improving you and your family’s health, saving money at the store and basic nutrition tips?

Our educators now have the resources to conduct EFNEP nutrition education classes at a distance with the option of classes taught one-on-one or in small groups.  EFNEP has several options available for both adults and youth.

 

Class Options

 

Healthy Bites, Healthy Moves – Telephone Series

  • 6 lesson series – led by an EFNEP educator for no more than 30 minutes each
  • Taught one on one or with a small group at a convenient time for the participants
  • Participants learn about healthy eating (MyPlate), family meal planning, budgeting at the store, food safety and the importance of physical activity
  • Participants receive an emailed guide of visuals to help follow along
  • Graduation certificates are emailed upon completion of the 6 sessions

 

Healthy Bites, Healthy Moves – Virtual Series

  • 6 lesson series – led by an EFNEP educator for no more than 30 minutes each
  • Taught one on one or with a small group at a convenient time for the participants
  • Participants learn about healthy eating (MyPlate), family meal planning, budgeting at the store, food safety and the importance of physical activity
  • Educators will conduct discussion-based learning using a virtual platform to further engage participants
  • Participants receive an emailed guide of visuals to help follow along
  • Graduation certificates are emailed upon completion of the 6 sessions

 

 

Eat Smart, Move More – Online Series

  • 6 lesson series – each lesson is 45-60 minutes in length
  • Self-led online learning through an interactive series
  • Participants learn about healthy eating (MyPlate), family meal planning, budgeting at the store, food safety and the importance of physical activity
  • Educators will conduct discussion interaction via a closed Facebook group that participants can choose to be a member
  • Graduation certificates are emailed upon completion of the 6 sessions

 

 

Healthy Teens, Healthy Future – Online Course

  • 6 – lesson series lasting about 30 minutes each
  • Program is geared towards 6th-12th grade
  • Self-led online learning through an interactive series
  • Students learn about basic nutrition, MyPlate, making healthy food choices, food safety, basic culinary skills, and the importance of physical activity
  • Each session will include a short lesson and a recorded recipe demonstration
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the program

Distance Education Sign Up

Contact:

Luz E. Waters, BS

EFNEP Office
10601 N. Loop Dr.
Socorro, TX 79927
Phone: 915-858-1030
Email: luz.waters@ag.tamu.edu

 

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