Eat Well Nutrition Education Program - Making a Difference in Maine
University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Eat Well Nutrition Education Program is making a difference in Maine.
The Eat Well Nutrition Education Program is a statewide program funded with federal Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) dollars. As a result of the federal funding, the audience for the Eat Well Nutrition Education Program includes low-income adults with children in the household and low-income youth in Maine.
UMaine Extension Eat Well staff deliver evidence-based curricula to adults with children in the household. Participants learn about healthy food preparation, nutrition, food safety, food budgeting, and physical activity through hands-on activities.
In fiscal year 2012, 575 adult participants throughout Maine demonstrated improved behaviors in healthier eating (92%), food resource management (87%), food safety (66%), and physical activity (36%).
In addition to working with adults, UMaine Extension Eat Well staff provided nutrition education to 10,551 Maine youth in grades K-12 (ages 5-18) through a variety of community, school, and after school programs. Youth who participate in UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Eat Well Program learn new skills and practice behaviors that will help them improve their eating habits, prepare food safely, and become more physically active.