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2016 Annual Report

EFNEP Classes Help People Live Healthier Lives

Educator talking about display in classExtension's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) aims to help low-income families develop skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to maintain a healthy diet and stay physically active. So, is the program making a difference in people’s lives?

Roberto Martinez Sanchez, a community nutrition educator with Extension Center for Family Development's EFNEP team in Hennepin County, recently asked some parents that question (in so many words). They had just completed his four-week series of classes conducted in partnership with the Minneapolis-based Way to Grow non-profit organization. Here’s how some of Roberto’s students answered his question:

From these comments, it appears parents who took Roberto’s classes are changing some of their shopping and cooking habits so they, and their families, eat healthier foods. And that’s made a difference in their lives.

graduates of program with certificates
Roberto Martinez Sanchez alongside some of the community members that EFNEP serves.

Related Resources

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) — Providing hands-on nutrition education to assist families with limited resources in the Twin Cities to make healthy food and physical activity choices.

Investments in EFNEP Pay Big Dividends, Now and in the Future — U.S. Department of Agriculture — This March 31, 2016 blog post demonstrates how EFNEP "benefits the greater society."

Get Nutrition Assistance — Find resources to help meet your and your families' food needs. English | español

Live Healthy, Live Well — Find online resources and classes for families to keep bodies, minds, wallets, homes, and futures healthy.

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