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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

EFNEP is a federally-funded program that offers nutrition education to limited-resource families. In California, the EFNEP State Office is located at the University of California, Davis, and the program is delivered through UC Cooperative Extension in 24 counties including Riverside.

In Riverside, EFNEP collaborates with elementary schools and other agencies serving young children to provide nutrition education to both parents and children. The program is available at no cost to eligible schools and agencies.

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EFNEP Educator Made Learning Fun!
Getting teachers to sign on to do nutrition education in the classroom is not always an easy task. Nutrition education is often viewed as an additional burden on top of mandated standards and other responsibilities that teachers already have. Although teachers are supportive and see nutrition education as valuable, sometimes they simply do not have time to prepare and implement a nutrition program. According the 2017-2018 California Physical Fitness Report, one in five students in Riverside County are obese (20.5% 5th graders, 19.0% 7th graders, 19.5% 9th graders). Therefore, it is important to instill healthy eating habits early in life.

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Eating Smart-Being Active curriculum is developed jointly by Colorado State University and the University of California.

The curriculum is research-based and provides information from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015.  It is designed for paraprofessional nutrition educators to assist limited-resource families with young children to make healthy lifestyle choices.

EFNEP nutrition educators deliver a series of eight 1-hour classes to teach adult participants how make healthy lifestyle choices.

The Lessons:

  • Get Moving!
  • Plan, Shop, $ave
  • Vary Your Veggies...Focus on Fruit
  • Make Half Your Grains Whole
  • Build Strong Bones
  • Go Lean with Protein
  • Make a Change
  • Celebrate! Eat Smart & Be Active

Riverside Adult EFNEP Staff:

Myriam Acevedo (951) 683-6491 


For more information, contact EFNEP Program Supervisor: Christine Davidson at cdavidson@ucanr.edu or call (951) 683-6491.



Youth EFNEP partners with (kindergarten and elementary level) school teachers or youth leaders to deliver lessons and activities from University approved curricula to teach children about food groups, healthy choices and exercise.

For more information about EFNEP Youth Curricula


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