URI Cooperative Extension

EFNEP is conducted through the Cooperative Extension System at land-grant universities in every state and US Territory. It is administered by
Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Nutrition Education Program


University Of Rhode Island


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    The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) at the University of Rhode Island has provided free nutrition education to limited-resource individuals and families in the state for over 30 years. Families with young children and youth, ages 4-18 are the primary audience. Distinct from welfare and food assistance programs, beneficiaries of the EFNEP program receive nutrition-related knowledge and skills to help better manage resources, secure adequate nutrition, and enjoy better health. Children receive activity-based learning experiences to positively influence both their own and their family's food choices.
       EFNEP of Rhode Island provides nutrition education in three ways: in school and other small group settings, to individuals in their homes, and through self-study "Learn at Home" curriculums. Adult discussion topics include food pyramid nutrition, menu planning and shopping, budgeting, feeding families, and food safety. Children learn about the food pyramid, healthy snacking, fruits and vegetables, food safety, and exercise. In the school setting, EFNEP paraprofessionals can work with teachers and nurses to help meet nutrition/health education standards for grades K-8.
       The benefits of good nutrition throughout the lifecycle are well documented. A balanced diet that supplies key nutrients at recommended levels promotes normal growth and development, facilitates academic and physical performance, and helps to prevent chronic disease. Detailed information relating to the critical stages of nutrition during pregnancy and childhood can be found on our site - just click on the links below.

University of Rhode Island - Cooperative Extension
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

80 Washington Street, Room 302
Providence, RI 02903-1803
Phone: (401) 277-5270
Fax: (401) 277-5284
Linda Sebelia, Nutrition Specialist: sebelia@uri.edu
Donna Lavallee, EFNEP Supervisor: donnalavallee@uri.edu

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