Since 1969, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program has educated limited-resource families and youth in Louisiana, teaching them to develop skills to make healthy changes that will lead to improved diets and nutritional well-being. Through EFNEP’s ”hands-on” approach, participants learn to make behavioral changes and improve the nutritional quality of meals for their families.
The Forest Park Apartments/Operations Pathways started a community garden located in the midst of the apartment complex. In this raised bed garden, residents planted vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, squash and watermelons. The EFNEP Nutrition Educator provide nutrition classes on the benefits of fruits and vegetables and quick & easy ways to prepare them. The Nutrition Educator taught the proper way to wash the vegetables before preparing them to prevent food-borne illness. The residents love picking tomatoes and peppers from the garden. They have learned through EFNEP that growing their own lettuce and tomatoes can save money at the grocery store. The kids like working in the garden, especially when it's time to harvest. They have enjoyed eating salads made from the lettuce grown in the garden.
Tiffany Martinez, Resident Service Coordinator at Forest Park
Apartments helps kids from the apartments pick cherry tomatoes.
EFNEP clients in Orleans parish report they have learned a great many things by participating in EFNEP to help their family be more healthy. Some statements made by participants include:
EFNEP participants are making small changes that make a big difference in their overall health.
Emma Ramsey, Nutrition Educator, teaches the importance
of physical activity as participants follow indoor walking video.
Sharman J. Charles, Instructor (EFNEP Program Director)
School of Nutrition and Food Sciences
This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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