CNEP Adult Programs
Fresh Start is hands-on and teaches new skills that participants can use at home every day - from planning, shopping, and cooking tips to simple solutions for healthy eating and daily physical activity. Families and individuals that participate are able to improve their diet while saving money and increase their physical activity.
Participants may choose the short or long-term program. The short-term program includes an introduction session and eight lessons. This program can take two to three months, depending on how often participants take the lessons. The long-term program consists of the short-term program plus any supplemental lessons the participant wishes to take. This program can take five to nine months.
The nutrition lessons in both programs can be taught individually or in groups, and they may take place in an individual’s home or at another location. Graduates of the program receive a cookbook and a signed graduation certificate.
The Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More adult program promotes healthy eating and physical activity in communities of faith. The Faithful Families curriculum includes nine lessons and is co-taught by Family and Consumer Sciences Educators and trained lay leaders from faith communities. Lay Leaders bring the spiritual elements into each session through discussion questions and "Thinking it Through" prompts in each lesson.
- 2,800 program participants
- 9,000 family members impacted
- 48% of adult graduates reported eating fruit more often
- 43% of adult graduates reported eating vegetables more often
- 50% of adult graduates reported exercising for at least 30 minutes a day more often
"A family was referred to our program from a local home health agency. The individual, a 700+ pound male in his 20s, lives with his parents and is home bound and unable walk. The family reports that they are enjoying the new recipes and cooking healthier foods. They have learned about portion sizes, are reading food labels, and decreased fast food. The participant reports he is getting up to eat meals at the table with his family and is no longer drinking soda. While working with our program and his physical therapist, he has been more active and is now able to walk the length of the home daily. He states his life has changed as "[his] body has changed, [there is] less fluid on [his] body and [his] mood and mental health have improved." He has set a one-year goal to be out of the house and working."
– Oklahoma County Nutrition Education Assistant