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EFNEP for Youth

   EFNEP for Youth

EFNEP Teaches Youth to Make Healthier Drink and Snack Choices, Read Labels, Be Physically Active and Reduce Screen Time

Maryland EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) provides education to youth from 6-19 years old (K-12) at schools in after-school programs, in-school, through 4-H/EFNEP clubs, day camps, at community centers, neighborhood groups, gardening and cooking workshops.  The EFNEP youth audience includes limited-income youths, living in low-income communities in Maryland.

Children and youth learn about healthy lifestyles: healthy food choices, exercise and fitness, food safety, food shopping, and increasing fun, safe, and sustainable physical activity, and how to reduce screen time.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Educate youth on the principles of nutrition, physical activity, and good health;

  • Increase the variety of healthy food consumed by youth with particular emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and calcium rich foods;

  • Provide youth with the necessary skills to select and prepare low-cost nutritious foods that are safe to eat.

EFNEP programs are offered in Allegany, Montgomery, Cecil, Prince George’s, Charles, Lower Shore Counties (Somerset, Wicomico and Worchester) and the City of Baltimore

For more information on EFNEP Youth Programs, contact:

Dr. Mira Mehta, mmehta@umd.edu or Dr. Kavitha Sankavaram, kavitha@umd.edu

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Last updated 8/12/20
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