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Nutrition Education Program (NEP)

About NEP in Lancaster County, Nebraska

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Baby's First Year of Life

Helping Limited Resource Families Learn to Prepare Nutritous and Safe Foods While Stretching Their Food Dollars


Healthy Nutritious Foods

Families:


Annually, more than 1,800 families in Lancaster County, Nebraska participate in adult lessons.

NEP helps limited-resource families learn to prepare nutritious and safe foods while stretching their food dollars. Qualifying adults learn through small groups at agency or community sites, or individually through home visits, mail lessons or phone consultations.

"I saved $200 last month after learning how to plan menus and use coupons. I’m getting my children involved with menu selection now. The NEP menu planning forms are very valuable and help me plan ahead.” -- Laura, WIC participant


Youth:


More than 1,900 students in 104 classrooms participate annually.

NEP offers several School Enrichment programs to qualifying schools. Teachers have tripled the amount of time they spend teaching nutrition -- approximately 11 hours per school year. NEP also provides nutrition programs at a variety of community sites such as summer youth camps, preschool and school-age childcare centers and teen residential treatment programs.

"What I am going to start is to wash my hands longer and start eating healthier meals and handle my food more carefully." -- "Your germ buster friend" Drew, a 4th Grader


Seniors:


NEP reaches more than 100 people annually at qualifying senior centers.

Senior citizens are eager to experiment with new foods and readily adapt to the latest food preparation and safety information. Monthly interactive programs draw upon the life experiences of the participants and always include a food tasting experience.

"I like the variety of the programs and I learn something new each time. I like trying new foods which I probably wouldn't buy without tasting first. One of my favorite lessons has been the one about apples -- we learned which were best to eat and which were best to use for cooking."-- Adeline


Learning:


Participants Learn How to...

  • plan meals to save time & money
  • choose foods for better health
  • prepare healthy meals & snacks
  • keep food safe to eat
  • Adults completing a minimum of six NEP lessons earn the "Cook’s Helper" cookbook.

If you live in Lancaster County, Nebraska and would like more information or to see if you qualify to participate, call NEP at 402-441-7180


Partners & Funding:


The Nutrition Education Program (NEP) partners with more than 165 agencies, classrooms and coalitions.

"NEP staff share practical hints about how to fix nutritious family meals in a very caring way."-- Julie Anderson, Division Director, Adolescent Health Lincoln Medical Education Foundation


Funding is provided by:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-ed)
  • Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
  • Lincoln Housing Authority (LHA)
  • Lincoln Action Program (LAP)
  • Early Head Start/Head Start
  • Lancaster County
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Nebraska Health and Human Services Systems

Research shows for every dollar of NEP funding, there is a projected health care cost savings of $2.07–$5.29


This material was funded in part by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, call 1-800-430-3244.


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