Jennifer Pinkard, EFNEP Educator, teaching her clientele the importance of being engaged in hands on cooking experiences, physical activities, proper food safety, and food budgeting.
There has been an unlimited of importance of developing nutrition education interventions that are most effective to the under-served limited resource diverse populations. However, In Montgomery County of Alabama Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) has worked tirelessly to combat obesity, increase physical activity knowledge, and to modify poor eating behavior into a positive healthy life style among low-income adults and their families. In addition to increasing self-efficacy and general well-being by improving limited resource populations’ familiarity of nutritional choices to optimize individual behavior change.
In one particular organization such as Motherly Care, a career readiness training program that helps Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) through Montgomery County Department of Human Resources (DHR). They aid 88% of DHR’s disproportionate low-income families who receive government assistance transition from welfare to work. Moreover, this work site provides opportunities for behavior changes, physical and environmental change to be self-sufficient. Collaboratively, EFNEP and Motherly Care has partnered for the 2014-2015 programing year to empower clientele to adapt to healthy behavior change through Eating Smart Being Active program (ESBA).
Furthermore, ESBA program was taught to 90 Motherly Care participants over the course of 2014-2015 programing year. The ESBA curriculum educated individuals on proper daily intake of fruits, vegetable intake that might possibly lower blood pressure and reduce risk of heart disease. Furthermore, clients were engaged in hands on cooking experiences, physical activities, proper food safety, and food budgeting with Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars as well as adequately reading food labels. As a result, Motherly Care participants are implementing a healthier lifestyle for their family because they must be a good example to children.
Also, some participants have resulted to becoming coupons fanatics to save more food dollars to insure food sufficiency and increased more physical activity with their children. In addition to introducing their families to a broad range of fruits and vegetables.
In the same, EFNEP program ESBA has increased Motherly Care empowerment mission statement of enhancing individual’s way of living to become better providers for their families by living a healthy lifestyle. Consequently at Motherly Care there has been an increase of job placements, better turnout rates, better eating practices, as well as a demand for the EFNEP nutrition program.