Nutrition Links

Nutrition Links

October 12, 2019 0 By Ewald Bahringer


(upbeat music) – So we’re teaching them
skills like food safety, how to manage and stretch
their food dollars. The goal of the EFNEP program is to move people into self-sufficiency. (upbeat music) The EFNEP program focuses on families, so our students are caregivers,
parents, grandparents, who have children in their household from birth to 18 years of age. – That’s been one of the great benefits to that working group, is
the level of collaboration. To have a program where parents
can come with their children and we can have childcare or
other activities for them, and it just makes it easier,
reduces some of the barriers for participants to come to the classes. – My job entails working
with dedicated employees from Penn State Extension
who are passionate about helping people help themselves. And what we do is, we teach
them a basic curriculum. We see people being able to
manage their money better, things that maybe some people would know, but trying to make their lives better. – The EFNEP program for our clients has just been phenomenal. They really like getting the information. They’re all met at their own level, so they get what they need,
and it really helps them with their work-life balance. – I always loved to cook, I’ve always taken a
lot of cooking classes, but this is the first class
that was more than just cooking. It was more about the biology of food. – Children take ownership in something that they’re involved
in, so we do recommend, teach your children how to assist you and they will be so much more excited to taste what you’re preparing,
if they had hands on it. – I think it’s gonna help me plan better for preparing my meals,
which I did not do before, and the things go look for. Because I didn’t know
what to look for, either. Like on the nutrition labels, or like which things
you could pair together to get all the calcium and proteins and vitamins that you need. – I had one really awesome success story. It was a woman who came
through your program that was in a domestic violence shelter. She was very defeated as a human being and she came to the program,
and after six classes, she was so moved and so touched that she then went on to get
her GED and go to college. I remember meeting her here
at Project S.H.A.R.E. again and she said “You know, I never
thought I could do anything, “I never thought I
could complete anything, “and after I took your class, “I felt like I was able to do it.” (upbeat music) – So I’ve worked with both rural areas, as well as suburban areas. So in our team meetings and trainings, we do talk about the differences. And we see the differences as
the availability of resources. In some of the more suburban areas, we have partners who service
the same folks we do. So we have group meetings together to say, oh, okay, where are the needs
that you’re working with, how can we partner with other agencies that are servicing the
same target audience? – You meet so many of
them that are out there that have been through my
program maybe 10, 15 years ago and they’re still, have the cookbooks, and they’re still using all the recipes, and they’re following our advice, which, Penn State gives us such good research to outreach to our families out here. – We are working with adults
with limited resources so we try to come up with
things, easy recipes. Might be in adult living that don’t have a oven to cook a meal, so we’re showing parents
how to create meals off of limited resources,
stretching their dollars, but making healthy selections and eating a rainbow of colors. – So that really is the
success of the EFNEP program, is providing people with those skills that they might not have,
so then they can utilize the services from the other
nutrition assistance programs that make up that wonderful safety net for those that are food insecure. – So the skills that a
participant walks away with, they not only are making
dietary changes for themselves, they’re also teaching those
things to their children. So their kids are eating better, they’re healthier because they’re
making wiser food choices, they’re learning the importance
of exercising every day, and moving more, so
overall, they’re healthier not only in their pocketbook,
but in their bodies. – I have kids, so all this
information I didn’t know is gonna help me help them be healthier and not eat so much junk. Because I’m a big junk food eater. So it helps out a lot,
and I would definitely recommend it to everybody. (upbeat music)