UACES Facebook Expanded Foods Nutrition Education - Arkansas EFNEP


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The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

Arkansas EFNEP Program

"As a result of the EFNEP Cooking
School, I have lost 48lbs and gotten off

my blood pressure medication."
(EFNEP Graduate, Phillips County)

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a program of the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Extension and Research. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Cooperative Extension Service fund the program.

 EFNEP Mission

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is to empower individuals, families and youth with limited resources to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior changes necessary to maintain  nutritionally sound diets and enhance personal development.


Arkansas EFNEP Audience

EFNEP adults focus on educational programs to enhance the quality of the families' diet. The adults are taught in small groups or individually by EFNEP assistants trained by Extension educators. The majority of participants complete the EFNEP curriculum in less than 8 sessions.  The EFNEP youth program focuses on providing food and nutrition education to contribute to personal development of youth from families with low income. The youth are taught in summer or year-round enrichment programs conducted by EFNEP assistants and volunteers.

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Annette Williams, Lee County EFNEP  Program Assistant working with an EFNEP Adult

EFNEP uses the Eating Smart• Being Active curriculum.Eating Smart• Being Active is designed for paraprofessional nutrition educators to use when teaching limited resource families with young children to learn healthy lifestyle choices. The curriculum consists of eight core lessons, 60 to 90 minutes, and designed to be taught in order. The lessons used in Eating Smart• Being Active is centered on adult learning principles and is dialogue-base learner-centered education. Click here to learn more

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Janice Jones Pulaski County EFNEP Program Assistant working with EFNEP youth

EFNEP uses the Kids in the Kitchen curriculum.The Kids in the Kitchen curriculum is designed to encourage youth to eat healthier meals and snacks using hands-on cooking experiences. Youth will learn how to prepare simple,healthy foods that they can make for themselves and other family members at home. Youth will also learn about food safety practices.  Kids in the Kitchen is used for summer and after-school programming for kids 6 to 15 years of age. 
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EFNEP provides food and nutrition education for limited resource audiences in 16 counties in Arkansas. The programs are free, informal and available at convenient locations and times in the home and community. Program assistants, who are indigenous to the target population, deliver intensive, multi-session nutrition education programs.
Contact your local county extension office for more information.
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"EFNEP classes have been great! I really enjoyed the food tasting and recipes. I am planning more meals and cooking more vegetables for my family."
(EFNEP Participant, Pulaski Count