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About Adult EFNEP in Escambia

Situation
Being poor in Escambia County often means being hungry or malnourished.  Low income, minority, and educationally disadvantaged people are most at risk for diet-related diseases.  Poor nutrition from the lack of sufficient quantity and/or quality of food and lack of sufficient physical activity have been identified as two of the top risk factors for serious health issues.  Many of these families in poverty lack the knowledge and skills to select and prepare more nutritious diets, manage their limited food budget, and increase physical activity.

EFNEP provides
By using nutrition educators in local community group settings, Adult EFNEP aids limited-resource families in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations, and behaviors necessary to improve their diets and overall well-being.

About Youth EFNEP in Escambia

Situation
Of the 40,000 plus students in the Escambia County Public School System, many living in poverty have nutritionally deficient diets and are poor achievers with low self-esteem lacking the knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy to make nutritiously sound food choices.  Nutritional deficiencies are linked with increased risk of overweight and obesity, one of the leading causes of chronic disease.  It is difficult to practice good nutrition habits when funds for food are limited.  This negatively influences children’s readiness to learn and their overall achievement. 

 

4-H EFNEP Provides
Education is provided to limited-resource young people age 5-18 with a practical, hands-on approach to nutrition and food preparation using the “Learn -by-Doing” concept.

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Programs Offered

  • Adult Programing

    Adults

    EFNEP offers adult programs, typically nine sessions long and held in a community setting.

    Adult programs incorporate relevant nutrition information to help families eat better food for less money. Small group sizes allow EFNEP educators to tailor each class for their audience. Participants connect with one another in hands-on activities and group discussion.

    All EFNEP classes include interactive food demonstrations of easy and delicious recipes. Also, each lesson comes with a lesson enhancement and a tool designed to help participants adopt a healthy lifestyle.

  • Youth Programing

    Youth

    Youth programs include children 5-18 years and pregnant teens at eligible community sites. 

MEET ESCAMBIA COUNTY

NUTRITION EDUCATORS IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY

Name: Wendy Meredith
Email: wmeredith@ufl.edu
Adult Nutrition Educator


Name: Jamie Spiker
Email: jaspiker@ufl.edu
Youth Nutrition Educator


Name: Chinesa Sunday
Email: markita@ufl.edu
Youth Nutrition Educator


OFFICE ASSITANT

Name: Sarah Jones
Email: sarah.jones1@ufl.edu


 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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