The Office of Nutrition Education administers the Mississippi State University-Extension Service’s two federally funded nutrition education programs – Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Family Nutrition Program (FNP), known nationally as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-ED).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP); land-grant universities conduct the program in all states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. EFNEP provides practical, hands-on nutrition education that changes behavior. It focuses on reaching the poorest of the poor by working through families to address the health disparities associated with some of our most pervasive societal challenges – hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and obesity. EFNEP remains as relevant and essential today, as it was in the 1960s when the program began
Promoting sound nutrition and health practices to limited-resource families through education.
EFNEP contributes to the health of the nation by helping low-income families improve their nutritional well-being. This is accomplished by a series of hands-on, interactive lessons. EFNEP contributes to the reduction of health disparities typically associated with those who have limited financial resources.
In cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Extension provides the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). SNAP-Ed consists of nutrition education delivered by paraprofessional nutrition educators.
Providing education to individuals eligible for any means-tested federal assistance (food stamps, WIC, etc.) to help improve their dietary practices and ability to manage available food resources.
Local SNAP-Ed programs identify target audiences and deliver, based on local needs, nutritional information to that audience. This process is facilitated by a collaborative partnership of the Mississippi State University Extension Service and agencies and organizations representing the needs of SNAP eligible individuals. Nationally, the focus of SNAP-Ed is:
- health promotion to help people who are eligible to receive SNAP establish healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle
- to prevent or postpone the onset of chronic disease in SNAP eligibles by establishing more physically active lifestyles and healthier eating habits.
The key behavioral outcomes for Mississippi participants in SNAP-Ed are:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables; eat whole grains; and switch to fat-free or low-fat milk products
- Increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors as part of a healthy lifestyle
- Maintain appropriate calorie balance during each stage of life.
SNAP-Ed in Mississippi is sponsored by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Department of Human Services, and the United States Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
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