Nutrition Education Program

Jefferson County Colorado State University Extension administers two nutrition education programs for limited resource audiences; SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program –Education) and EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program).

The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food guidance. The focus of SNAP-Ed is:

  • Health promotion to help SNAP eligible establish healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyle; and,
  • Primary prevention of diseases to help SNAP eligible that have risk factors for diet-related chronic disease prevent or postpone the onset of disease by establishing healthier eating habits and being more physically active.

EFNEP is designed to assist limited resource audiences in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary for nutritionally sounds diets, and to contribute to their personal development and the improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being. EFNEP in Colorado teaches participants healthy food choices for their families, how to be physically active and how to stretch their food dollars.

Eating Smart • Being Active(ESBA)

CSU Extension SNAP-Ed and EFNEP educators teach low-income adult participants from an interactive curriculum called, Eating Smart • Being Active(ESBA). ESBA was developed by EFNEP staffs at Colorado State University and University of California, Davis and designed specifically for use by paraprofessional nutrition educators to teach low-literate, limited resource adults. Built on updated research-based health and nutrition information from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 and My Plate, ESBA applies Social Cognitive Theory and Adult Learning Theory.  Effective with individuals and in group settings, ESBA uses facilitated dialogue or dialogue-based learning which requires participants to be actively engaged in the learning process. The eight core lessons and 3 supplemental lessons, each 60 to 90 minutes long, incorporate: physical activity; healthy nutrition concepts; food preparation (cooking); skills development; food safety; and, how to save money on food.