EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) is a free nutrition education program offered in several counties in Ohio for low-income adults with children and youth. Program assistants use interactive discussions and hands-on activities to guide participants through a series of meetings aimed at improving the total family diet and nutritional well-being.

The adult program teaches low-income adults with children how to make healthier food choices, manage their food resources, improve their food safety practices, and provides ideas on how to get active with their families.

The youth program teaches kids about nutrition, food preparation, food safety, and physical activity during a six-week, interactive program in classrooms, after-school programs/camps, and summer feeding sites.

EFNEP is funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program operates through Extension offices at land-grant institutions in every state and in the six U.S. territories. In Ohio, EFNEP is administered by Ohio State University Extension.

What you eat plays a major role in your health and how you feel. When you eat right, you feel better. You look better. And, you have more energy. A nutritious diet also helps children develop and attain their full level of growth and learning potential. The EFNEP Program of Ross County Extension is here to help you achieve these benefits and more! The hands-on activities and food demonstrations make learning to eat healthy a fun and interesting experience! All participants receive free class material, give-aways, and recipes.

Learn more about EFNEP at http://fcs.osu.edu/nutrition/efnep and http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/food/efnep/about.html.

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