Families Eating Smart and Moving More (FESMM)

FESMM Curriculum photo

The Adult component of the program utilizes a curriculum developed collaboratively with the Division of Public Health, Nutrition Services Branch and Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch and NC State University called, EFNEP’s Families Eating Smart and Moving More (FESMM). The curriculum is approved in the SNAP-Ed Toolkit.

The curriculum consists of 21 lessons under five major headings:

Introduction to the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

  • Introduction to EFNEP

Eating Smart at Home

  • Choosing More Fruits and Vegetables
  • Fix it Safe
  • Plan: Know What’s for Dinner
  • Shop: Get the Best for Less
  • Fix it Fast, Eat at Home
  • Shop for Value, Check the Facts
  • Smart-size Your Portions

Eating Smart Throughout the Lifecycle

  • MyPlate
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Infants
  • Children

Eating Smart on the Run

  • Making Smart Breakfast Choices
  • Making Smart Lunch Choices
  • Making Smart Choices When Eating Out
  • Making Smart Choices When Eating Fast Food
  • Making Smart Drink Choices

Moving More, Every Day, Everywhere, Watching Less

  • Choosing to Move More Throughout the Day
  • Choose, Plan, Do for a Healthier You
  • Choosing a Healthier You for Life

EFNEP’s Families Eating Smart and Moving More uses both hands-on food preparation activities and incorporates physical activities into each lesson. Participants are challenged to make positive changes to achieve good nutrition and health, increase physical activity, control portion sizes, practice food resource management skills, practice food safety in preparation and practice safe storage and handling of food.

Faithful Families Thriving Communities

Faithful Families Faithful Families Thriving Communities (Faithful Families), in partnership with EFNEP, works directly in communities of faith to promote health for individuals, families, and local communities. EFNEP educators in partnership with program facilitators and Lay Leaders co-deliver Faithful Families’ Eating Smart and Moving More Lessons, which includes nine sessions on healthy eating and physical activity strategies, including nutrition, meal preparation and cooking, food safety, and increasing daily physical activity. Through group discussions, recipe taste tests, and activities, individuals and families are encouraged to set goals to lead healthier lives. This curriculum is approved in the SNAP-Ed Toolkit.

Camp, Cook, Play!

Youth ages 8-12 will have fun in a summer camp setting where they will learn about MyPlate and the five food groups, kitchen and food safety practices and physical activity. This curriculum is developed to positively affect five key health behaviors:

  • Increase the youth’s knowledge of human nutrition;
  • Increase the variety of foods in the youth’s daily diet;
  • Improve the youth’s ability to select low-cost, nutritious foods for meals and snacks;
  • Improve food preparation and food safety practices to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses; and
  • Increase daily physical activity

North Carolina State University

Camp, Cook, Play

Table For Two

Table for Two

Table for Two educates the mother on how to use nutrition to take care of herself and the baby during and after pregnancy which reduces the risk for infant mortality. Pregnant women are empowered with the tools needed to provide healthy meals and to make healthy choices, reducing the risk of birth defects and low birth weight. Table for Two is engaging and creates a support group for the mother to ask questions and gain support for her peers.

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

North Carolina State University
Agricultural and Human Sciences Department

Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES)