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Expanded Food and Nutrition Extension Program (EFNEP)

Central to UCCE's Nutrition program is the Expanded Food and Nutrition Extension Program (EFNEP).  EFNEP's goal, while advocating for nutrition, is to help adults and their families establish and maintain healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles.

"Participants get excited to learn that small changes, like the size of our dishes, help with portion control," says Grecia Rojas, an EFNEP participant from the McKinleyville Family Resource Center.

Participants like Grecia learn and plan nutritious meals, increase physical activity, stretch their food dollar, practice safe food handling, and prevent obesity through healthy lifestyles. EFNEP works with agencies to recruit participants, including WIC, Cal Fresh, Head Start and Child Nutrition.

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Adult Program

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What can the EFNEP Adult Program do for you?

By means of the Eating Smart • Being Active curriculum, EFNEP helps limited-resource adults and their families establish and maintain healthy eating habits, physically active lifestyles, and sound nutritional knowledge.

Participants learn to:

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

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Eating Smart • Being Active is a research-based curriculum based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, designed for paraprofessional nutrition educators to assist limited-resource families with young children to make healthy lifestyle choices.

For more information about Eating Smart • Being Active, be sure to visit the official program website.

How can you and your family get involved?

Contact your local UCCE Humboldt-Del Norte EFNEP Program Representative, Jessica Rebholtz at (707) 445-7351. Alternatively, you may send her an email at jconde@ucanr.edu.

Youth Program

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What can the EFNEP Youth Program do for you?

EFNEP helps youth acquire knowledge, skill, the right attitude, and behavior to create nutritionally sound diets. The youth program aims to enroll youth who come from limited resource families in rural and urban areas.

Students learn to:

  • Develop healthy eating habits
  • Choose healthy snacks
  • Increase physical activity
  • Practice safe food handling


The youth program is delivered by EFNEP staff or volunteer teachers in schools and community based organizations. Staff and/or volunteers utilize the EatFit curriculum.

If you wish to learn more about the EatFit program, please visit this web page for in-depth information.

How can your child or school participate?

Contact your local UCCE Humboldt-Del Norte EFNEP Program Representative, Jessica Rebholtz at (707) 445-7351. Alternatively, you may send her an email at jconde@ucanr.edu.