The Nutrition Education Program (NEP) in Nebraska helps families on a limited budget make healthier food choices and choose physically active lifestyles by acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior changes necessary to improve their health.
How Do I Participate?
Adult Direct Education: Adult NEP classes are taught individually or in small groups at agency or community sites. Each lesson includes hands-on learning activities to help you apply what you'll learn in class to daily life. You will complete lessons that teach the basics of nutrition, planning meals, making a food budget, reading food labels, eating a balanced diet by following the USDA MyPlate recommendations, and more. When you complete seven lessons, you'll receive a graduation certificate and an NEP enhancement item that supports your new healthy lifestyle.
Youth Direct Education: Youth NEP classes take place at a variety of community sites, including preschools, out-of-school programs, and summer youth camps. NEP also teaches during the school day in qualifying schools. NEP youth learn about hand-washing, food safety, healthy snacks, healthy beverages, MyPlate, physical activity, breakfast, food preparation and kitchen safety.
Our Focus Areas:
- Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Childcare Centers (Go NAP SACC): NEP, with support from Team Nutrition and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, is creating healthier childcare settings by training childcare providers on the best practices they should follow related to nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding.
- Choose Healthy Here: Small grocery stores and corner stores that communities rely on for food can utilize programs and resources provided through this NEP partnership to help them purchase and sell food of high nutritional value.
- Double Up Food Bucks: Nebraska Double Up Food Bucks is a public-private partnership that incentivizes those SNAP recipients to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers and retailers for the triple win.
The Nutrition Education Program (NEP) delivers evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions through a combination of education strategies coupled with multi-level community changes that occur within the environment to promote healthy eating and active lifestyles.
This material was funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP and Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).