West District Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

Community Nutrition Education Program

     The Community Nutrition Education Programs (CNEP) is a grant funded program through Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension.  CNEP enrolls limited-resource families in a personalized, thorough, long-term educational experience.  The goal is for every enrolled family to consume a diet that promotes good health and to acquire an adequate amount of nutrient-dense foods every day through effective use of available resources.

                                             CNEP employs and educates individuals within the community to serve as Fresh Start small logoteaching paraprofessionals known as Nutrition Education Assistants (NEAs).  NEAs coach for behavior change with the families that they enroll and teach.  Every NEA has two goals.  These are: (1) help families improve their diet and (2) help families learn how to manage their resources so they can eat as well at the end of the month as the beginning.

     Seldom do any of us make large-scale behavior changes quickly.  We usually make many small changes one at a time that add up to a large-scale change in our life.  The same principle is true for families enrolled in CNEP.  Most enrolled families meet with the NEAs at least 3 times each month up to 9 to 11 months.  This allows time for the NEAs and families to decide what changes the family wants to make and then the setting and accomplishing of mini goals.  NEAs work with families on a one-to-one basis in their homes or in small neighborhood groups.  This education design allows for a personalized learning experience for each family.  NEAs often provide the only positive learning support that many homemakers have ever experienced.  Some families living in chaotic conditions appreciate the calming and leveling influence of the NEAs.

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                                                     N.W. Unit CNEP
                                                     205 W. Maple, Suite 510
                                                     Enid, OK  73701
                                                     Phone:  580.237.4680
                                                     Fax:  580.233.9215
Meet the Northwest Unit NEAs
Left to Right:
Front Row: Monica McChristian, Kay County; Sharon Phillips, Lincoln County
Back Row: Erin Parriott, NW Unit Area Coordinator; Becky Buller, NW Unit Administrative Assistant; Donna Groneweg, Garfield County

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