Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is designed to assist limited resource audiences in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets, and to contribute to their personal development and the improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being.
Over 60% of Yakima County adults are overweight or obese. People who are obese or overweight are more prone to develop high blood pressure, elevated blood cholesterol, and diabetes. They are also more likely to die at an earlier age than adults who are not obese. Washington adults who are obese are about three times more likely to have diabetes compared to adults who are not obese.
EFNEP promotes healthy eating and physical activity to the populations most disproportionately affect. Through a series of nutrition classes, EFNEP focuses on skill to plan tasty, cost-effect and nutritious meals. Yakima County EFNEP encourages parents and caregivers to be role models for their children.
EFNEP makes a difference
2015 EFNEP Impacts:
– A total of 157 parents were enrolled, impacting over 679 family members
– Forty-four percent of children impacted were ages 5 and younger
– 63% of adults educated did not finish 12th grade (or have a GED)
– 94% of those reached were ethnic or racial minorities (88% Hispanic/latino and 5% Native American).
– 98% of adults enrolled in the Yakima EFNEP program showed positive changes in at least one food group upon exit as measured by a 24-hour dietary recall
– 73% increased their physical activity level.
– 99% improved food resource management behaviors
– 99% improved nutrition practices
– 91% improved food safety practices
What Participants are Saying
Translated from a recent Spanish language class at Children’s Village:
“I have been eating more vegetables and I am more conscious about what I eat. I eat more foods that benefit my health.”
“I drink a gallon of water each day, I eat smaller portions, and I learned how to make healthy/simple/fast snacks and foods. I also exercise more than before and I learned how to use a thermometer.”
“I drink more water, I exercise more throughout the day, and I am trying to eat smaller food portions.”
“I cook with less oil, I eat smaller portions, and I stopped drinking soda.”
“I pay more attention to nutrition facts labels before I make a purchase… I drink the amount of water that my body needs.”
“I eat more vegetables and I pay more attention to nutrition facts labels.”
Thanks to all the partners who have collaborated with us to host classes in 2015 and 2016!
Catholic Charities (Buena and Grandview Locations)
Catholic Services (Parent as Teachers)
Davis High School
Eisenhower High School
Granger Inspire Center
Grandview Inspire Center
Heritage University (HEP Program)
Harrah Inspire Center
La Casa Hogar
Moxee Community Group
Spanish Yakima Seventh Day Adventist Church
Sunnyside Community Church
Sunnyside Inspire I Center
Sunnyside Inspire II Center
Toppenish Food Bank
Wapato Inspire Center