FAMILIES IMPROVE NUTRITION AND BUDGET PRACTICES
Obesity and chronic diseases have been linked to poverty, lack of physical activity, and poor food habits. Using interactive teaching methods combined with setting individual and family goals, Sua Vang joined other Fresno Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) staff to teach 402 adults, who were at or below the 50% federal poverty level. Almost half (43%) had less than a 12th grade education and half lived outside Fresno County's central city of Fresno. Eight lessons were taught in community group settings or through home-based classes in English, Spanish, and/or Hmong. Lessons focused on skills to plan tasty, cost effective, and nutritious meals by shopping effectively and utilizing healthier food options. Physical activity and food demonstrations were included in each lesson. Pre-post testing showed positive behavior changes. Of the 402 adult program graduates, 93% showed improvement in at least one nutrition practice and 87% showed improvement in at least one food budgeting practice.