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Judith Garcia and other EFNEP educators help families and youth adopt positive health behaviors to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Union County is excited to welcome Judith Garcia as our new Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program educator, otherwise known as EFNEP. If you’re not familiar with EFNEP, EFNEP offers free nutrition classes to help families and youth cook healthy meals at home, be more active, save money on food costs, and handle food safely. In partnership with the Eat Smart Move More NC initiative, EFNEP Educators help families and youth adopt positive health behaviors to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. EFNEP is a program of Cooperative Extension through NC State University and NC A&T State University.

EFNEP works to reach a diverse population within the target population of low-income families with children, pregnant women, and school-aged youth. Partnering with other organizations with a common mission provides these families and youth with the combined resources of each organization. EFNEP’s role in preventive health is to work collaboratively with other organizations that share a common mission to improve the health and well-being of low-income families and youth by offering a series of evidence-based, hands-on nutrition lessons that empower families with new knowledge and skills to help them eat smart and move more.

Prior to becoming an EFNEP educator in Union County, Judith worked as the EFNEP educator in Gaston Cooperative Extension. During this time, Judith was able to deliver nutrition education to many Title I schools, after school programs and church facilities. As a bilingual speaker, Judith worked well with the Hispanic community of Gaston county and is determined to do the same for the Hispanic community in Union county.

Garcia is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in public health and a concentration in community health education. During her senior year of college, she did an internship with NC Cooperative Extension New Hanover County and absolutely loved it! It was here that she learned she wanted to have a career in Extension. Anyone who would like to learn more about EFNEP or partnering with EFNEP can contact Garcia at jcgarcia@ncsu.edu or give her a call at (704) 283-3737.

N.C. Cooperative Extension provides information to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. Extension specializes in agriculture, 4-H youth development, communities, food and nutrition, and then environment. To learn more about our programs, please visit: https://union.ces.ncsu.edu/