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EFNEP promotes good nutrition and physical activity as a means of maintaining a healthy lifestyle free of chronic disease.

Our goal is to help adults and their families establish & maintain healthy eating habits & physically active lifestyles.

Participants learn to:

  • Plan nutritious meals
  • Increase physical activity
  • Stretch their food dollar
  • Practice safe food handling
  • Prevent obesity through healthy lifestyles

Target Audience

The adult program aims to enroll adults from both urban and rural households with children under the age of 18 years. Participants should be responsible for planning and preparing family meals.

Adult participants are recruited through inter-agency referral requests and partnering agencies in communities. Some of our partnering agencies include, but are not limited to:
  • WIC
  • CalFresh (SNAP benefits)
  • Head Start
  • Child Nutrition
  • TANF


Participants must satisfy at least one of the following:
  • Receive or be eligible to receive federal food assistance

  • Have a monthly household cash income that is at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level

  • Be a pregnant teen or foster youth in transition, regardless of income or age

How can I participate?

Find a local EFNEP program by searching for your County EFNEP Office


Program Delivery

Adult EFNEP is administered by the University of California Cooperative Extension using Eating Smart • Being Active, a curriculum for adults developed jointly by Colorado State University and the University of California. It is a research-based curriculum based on the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines, designed for paraprofessional nutrition educators to assist limited-resource families with young children to make healthy lifestyle choices. 

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The curriculum consists of 9 core lessons that each last 60-90 minutes and also includes 2 supplemental lessons targeted at pregnant women and new mothers. These supplemental lessons are designed to be taught alongside the 8 core lessons. Each lesson comes with a lesson enhancement and a tool designed to help participants adopt certain healthy behaviors! 


Lessons: Goals:
Lesson 1: Welcome to Eating Smart⋅Being Active  Families are introduced to Eating Smart•Being Active
Lesson 2: Get Moving Families enjoy being active
Lesson 3: Plan, Shop, $ave Families plan and shop for meals and snacks that are healthy and within their budget
Lesson 4: Vary Your Veggies...Focus on Fruit Families increase the amount of vegetables and fruits they eat every day
Lesson 5: Make Half Your Grains Whole Families choose at least half of their grains as whole grains
Lesson 6: Build Strong Bones Families get enough calcium from low-fat or non-fat dairy foods or other foods high in calcium
Lesson 7: Go Lean with Protein Families have lean protein foods and keep foods safe to eat
Lesson 8: Make a Change Families limit foods high in fat, sugar, and salt
Lesson 9: Celebrate! Eat Smart & Be Active Participants celebrate new knowledge and skills to make healthy food and activity choices
During Pregnancy Pregnant women choose foods and lifestyle behaviors to meet the specific needs of pregnancy
Feeding Your Baby Parents make informed decisions about feeding their new baby