Community Nutrition Education Programs (CNEP) encompasses two programs. Through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), known as the Oklahoma Nutrition Education (ONE) program in our state, CNEP provides nutrition education to limited-resource individuals and families within Oklahoma communities. We offer multiple programs with research-based lessons involving hands-on learning experiences.
In 2016, CNEP provided nutrition education to 3,286 adults, 45,842 youth, and reached 10,719 family members indirectly affecting the lives of close to 60,000 Oklahomans. Last year, CNEP & Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) leveraged state monies to bring $3.7 million in federal nutrition education program funds to the state, resulting in an estimated health care savings of more than $26 million from the prevention of nutrition-related chronic diseases & conditions, among Oklahoma citizens, by reducing medical costs and an increase in worker productivity (less sick days).
Working through OCES county offices, our nutrition education assistants (NEAs) coach participants during weekly lessons to build skills that enable them to stretch their family food dollars, plan and prepare more nutritious meals and increase physical activity. CNEP is also active in elementary school classrooms by offering a series of classroom-based lessons on healthy food choices and safe food practices to students. OrganWise Guys is a nutrition education program made available through CNEP funding and is a school age program promoting a healthy lifestyle. Teen Cuisine is a hands-on cooking program that teaches students in grades 8-12 important life skills for eating smart, which will stay with them as they grow into adults. Additionally, CNEP coordinates the Farm to You exhibit. Farm to You is a traveling interactive adventure for elementary school children. The exhibit helps children follow food from the farm to the market and through the body to explore the relationships between agriculture, food and health. This program has been possible through the funding of CNEP, OCES, university, community and commodity partners.
For more information about participating in any of the available CNEP programs, please contact your local Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service office.