Nutrition Education Program in Lancaster County

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The Nutrition Education Program (NEP) is a USDA grant funded program operated through Extension across the state. NEP helps families on a limited budget make healthier food choices and choose physically active lifestyles by acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior changes necessary to improve their health. NEP is free to all participants who meet income guidelines. Additionally, NEP participates in Policies, Systems and Environmental (PSE) strategies that impact communities. Together with community partnerships, NEP strives to improve the health of Nebraskans.

For information about the Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County's Nutrition Education Program, contact Extension Educator Emily Gratopp at

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Policy, System and Environmental Approaches Toward Health

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Funding & Partners

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) are two programs with differing federal funding sources which comprise Nebraska Extension’s Nutrition Education Program (NEP). Both programs focus on providing nutrition education to limited-resource families and youth. EFNEP operates on a peer-education model which focuses on direct, interactive teaching to participants. SNAP-Ed similarly provides direct education to participants and also focuses on policy, system and environmental changes to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

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The Nutrition Education Program in Lancaster County partners with more than 165 agencies, classrooms and coalitions!

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The healthy cooking class [taught by the Nutrition Education Program] encouraged participants to eat healthy. It easily got them engaged and excited about healthy recipes and the cooking process. They became familiar with kitchen equipment and cooking technologies.

Lanetta Edison-Soe, Asian Community and Cultural Center Health Program Coordinator

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.