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.
Working through OCES county offices, our nutrition education assistants (NEAs) coach adult participants enrolled in the Fresh Start program 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- and out-side schools settings with the Food and Fun for Everyone This program offers a series of lessons on healthy food choices and safe food handling practices to elementary age children. OrganWise Guys is a comprehensive school program made available through CNEP funding to promote a healthy lifestyle among youth. 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.