The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

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The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a health education program with the purpose to motivate North Carolinians and their families to live healthy and satisfying lives. Since 1969, EFNEP has provided to thousands of families the knowledge and skills to improve their overall health and quality of life.

EFNEP is structured as a nine-lesson series and provides ample opportunity for its participants to learn about new healthy habits and help participants gradually adapt to them. Each session consists of 3 components: a group discussion, a physical activity, and a food demonstration. Topics covered during group discussions include food safety practices, saving money on food, improving food security, and healthy diet and exercise.

All are welcome to participate in EFNEP. The program is especially beneficial for families with children, including mothers and fathers to-be, that want to learn how to make better use of their resources, save more money, and improve their health and the health of their children. Even individuals who may be familiar with EFNEP content can benefit from participating; they can contribute to the well-being of their community by participating in EFNEP and lead others to living healthier lives.

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If you are interested in learning more about EFNEP health programming and bringing it to your community, please contact Ahira Sanchez at 919-989-5380 or via email

“The greatest wealth is health.” – Virgil