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Fresh Start









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.


Fresh Start features nine core lessons with the option for participants to take up to 12 additional lessons covering a variety of nutrition and physical activity topics. The program can take two to nine months depending on how many lessons the participant wishes to take and how often they meet with the Nutrition Education Assistant (NEA). Lessons 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.


2020 Outcomes:

  • 1,515 program participants
  • 771 program graduates
  • 50% of adult graduates reported eating fruit more often each day
  • 42% of adult graduates reported eating vegetables more often each day
  • 52% of adult graduates reported exercising for at least 30 minutes a day more often


"When one woman began the adult program, she was taking care of her ill mother and 3 children, 2 with special needs. She was tired, stressed and barely holding on. She was skeptical at first, but then she started to look forward to the sessions. She knew her children were not getting proper nutrition but didn't know how to fix it. She now has a notebook binder that holds her information from the lessons, her weekly meal plan with ideas and a few recipes. She makes a meal plan every week and doesn't feel stressed about what to get at the grocery store. The children also help with ideas and are learning how to plan healthy meals. She said that her kids are starting to see the health benefits, and she's very happy about that. She has also really enjoyed the meat thermometer she received from CNEP. She was used to cutting into the meat to see if it "looked" done or just guessing. She's glad she doesn't have to worry about foodborne illness with her family now. She is a different woman since completing the program. She says she feels healthier, less stressed and happier now that she is in control of her and her family's health."


– Garfield County

Faithful Families











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.


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