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Eating Smart • Being Active is an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) curriculum for adults developed by EFNEP staffs at Colorado State University and University of California at Davis. Based upon the socioecological model, Eating Smart • Being Active is an evidence based, nutrition education and obesity prevention curriculum. The curriculum won a national award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS). Click here for information on the award. The curriculum is featured as a resource in the September/October 2010 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB). JNEB subscribers can access the summary of this curriculum in the 2010, volume 42, number 5 issue of JNEB. The Eating Smart • Being Active Cookbook also won the 2012 Award for Publication Excellence (APEX). Click here for more information.

Eating Smart • Being Active is designed for paraprofessional nutrition educators to use when teaching low-income families with young children to learn healthy lifestyle choices. The curriculum consists of eight core lessons, each 60 to 90 minutes long, designed to be taught in order. The teaching techniques in the lesson plans of Eating Smart • Being Active are based on the adult learning principle, dialogue-based learning or learner-centered education outlined in Dr. Joye A. Norris’ book From Telling to Teaching. The lesson plans, activities and participant materials were all developed using this theory of adult learning.”

For detailed information about the curriculum and related materials, please view this PowerPoint presentation. Information about the tool used to assess the curriculum.

The Evidence-Base of Eating Smart • Being Active

Eating Smart • Being Active developers have created a document describing the development of and evaluation and outcomes of the curriculum both from a research-based perspective and from a practice based perspective. SNAP-Ed programs utilizing Eating Smart • Being Active for nutrition education programming may use the wording in this document verbatim to describe the evidence base of the curriculum for SNAP-Ed plans. Click here for the full document.

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