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Eating Smart, Being Active

In Columbiana County, our adult EFNEP team uses the Eating Smart, Being Active curriculum. Eating Smart, Being Active is a research-based nutrition, food safety, and food resource management education curriculum from Colorado State University Extension and University of California at Davis.

Eating Smart, Being Active focuses on simple messages related to food and nutrition and gives participants a chance to apply new information through interactive activities. A food sampling, small incentive and physical activity are included with each of the eight lessons.


Lesson Topics:

Eating Smart, Being Active is an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) curriculum for adults caring for children.

Lesson 1.   Get Moving! (60-90 minutes)
  • Benefits of physical activity
  • Messages of USDA MyPlate
  • Educational Incentive-Beach Ball Activity
Lesson 2.   Plan, Shop, $ave (60-90 minutes)
  • Planning ahead for meals to save time and money
  • Reviewing the nutrition facts label to help with meal planning
  • Educational Incentive-Pedometer & Grocery Pad
Lesson 3.   Vary Your Veggies…Focus on Fruit (60-90 minutes)
  • How to increase the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables in our family meals/snacks
  • How to save money when buying fruits and vegetables
  • Educational Incentive-Veggie/Fruit Brush
Lesson 4.   Make Half Your Grains Whole (60-90 minutes)
  • Identifying whole grains using food packages
  • Planning a breakfast for the family that includes at least one serving of whole grains
  • Educational Incentive-Measuring Cups/Spoons
Lesson 5.   Build Strong Bones (60-90 minutes)
  • Comparing nutrition facts labels to identity foods highest in calcium that are also low-fat or non-fat
  • Planning meals to include calcium-rich foods
  • Educational Incentive-Exercise Bands & Physical Activity Book
Lesson 6.   Go Lean With Protein (60-90 minutes)
  • Selecting plant protein sources to substitute for higher-fat animal protein sources
  • Applying the four principles of food safety: clean, separate, cook, and chill
  • Educational Incentive-Food Thermometer
Lesson 7.   Make a Change! (60-90 minutes)
  • Choosing foods and beverages that are lower in fats, sugars, and salt
  • Reducing fat from the daily diet to avoid chronic disease
  • Educational Incentive-Recipe Book
Lesson 8.   Celebrate! Eat Smart & Be Active (60 minutes)
  • Introducing healthy eating and physical activity to the whole family
  • A celebration of everything that was learned and accomplished over the proceeding eight weeks!
  • Educational Incentive-Graduation Certificate