Community Nutrition Education Program
The Community Nutrition Education Program (CNEP) provides nutrition education to limited-resource individuals and families within Oklahoma communities. We offer multiple programs with research-based lessons involving hands-on and learning experiences. CNEP encompasses two programs: the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), known as the Oklahoma Nutrition Education (ONE) program in our state.
Working through OSU Extension county offices, our nutrition education assistants (NEAs) coach adult participants enrolled in the Fresh Start program to build skills that enable them to stretch their family food dollars, plan and prepare more nutritious meals and increase physical activity.
CNEP also is active both inside and outside of school settings with the Food and Fun for Everyone program. This program, geared toward elementary aged children, offers a series of lessons on healthy food choices and safe food handling practices.
OrganWise Guys is a comprehensive school program made available through CNEP funding to promote a healthy lifestyle among youth. Teen Cuisine is a hands-on cooking program that teaches students in grades 8 through 12 important life skills for eating smart, which will stay with them as they grow into adults.
Additionally, CNEP coordinates the Farm to You exhibit. Farm to You is a traveling interactive adventure for elementary school children that allows them to follow food from the farm, to the market and through the body. This helps them explore the relationships between agriculture, food and health. Farm to You is made possible through funding from CNEP, OSU Extension, OSU, community and commodity partners.
For more information about participating in any of the available CNEP programs, contact your local OSU Extension office. You can also access Fact Sheets from OSU Extension about nutrition and related topics.