FOOD AND NUTRITION
Understanding the relationship among our lifestyle, food–what we eat and where it comes from–and even our finances is a key component of good health. By bringing the best in research and education to respond to the urgent and growing challenges to nutrition and human health, we guide Irvington residents to better health and wealth.
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
H.E.L.P has partnered up with EFNEP to help limited-resource families and youth improve their eating behaviors and contributes to other personal development skills through behaviorally focused nutrition education. The program is administered by Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension, and is supported by USDA’s National Insitute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Smith-Lever funds.
The desired outcomes of EFNEP education are as follows:
- Improved diets and nutritional welfare;
- Increased knowledge of the essentials of human nutrition;
- Increased ability to select and buy food that satisfies nutritional needs;
- Improved practices in food production, preparation, storage, safety and sanitation;
- Increased ability to manage food budgets and related resources such as food stamps.
EFNEP was implemented in H.E.L.P’s pre-school and afterschool programs to stress the importance of proper nutrition and its effect on the body and mind. The program is over a 6 week timeframe where our students meet EFNEP educators and learn various tools of nutrition, health and lifestyle.