Rowan County's expanded nutrition and nutrition education program is off to a good start - Salisbury Post

Rowan County’s Extended Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP) educator Kysha Rooks has recruited two organizations for her summer camp program. EFNEP is currently in partnership with Haley’s Future Leaders Childcare Center and Happy’s Farm Inc. Camp Cook Play. It includes six exciting one-hour lessons per week for teenagers aged 5-12. It is in a summer camp where teenagers will learn from MyPlate; The content includes nutrition, physical activity and a dining experience. Each lesson also includes a take-away activity.


Safety first. S.Summer campers are introduced to key concepts of kitchen safety, hand washing and the Fight BAC rules. Teens will be able to identify unsafe kitchen and food preparation practices and follow the safety rules for working in the kitchen. Campers will also understand the four core practices of Fight BAC and learn the correct method of washing hands.

Five food groups makes summer campers learn that we need to eat foods from all food groups every day to get all the nutrients we need. The teenagers also learn that half of their plate should be filled with fruits and dark green, red, and orange vegetables. Eating grains and choosing low-fat dairy products are emphasized.

Grain Help summer campers learn that we must eat a variety of grains to grow and stay healthy. You will recognize and identify names of commonly known grains and learn that grain foods are good sources of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

fruits and vegetables takes a look at how teens must eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. You will get to know seasoned fruits and vegetables and know that they come in different shapes, colors, sizes and flavors. Summer campers know that fruits and vegetables provide us with important vitamins that help our bodies grow.

protein provides students with an insight into the protein food groups and how these foods help build muscle to grow and stay healthy. Campers identify both plant and animal protein sources and learn how much protein they need each day.

dairy provides an overview of the milk group and helps summer campers understand that we must eat a variety of dairy group foods to grow, stay healthy, and build strong bones and teeth. The youngsters learn that fat-free or low-fat dairy products should be chosen whenever possible and that dairy products should be kept in the refrigerator. For more information on EFNEP courses, contact Kysha Rooks at 704-216-8970.

Kysha Rooks is an instructor for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) at NC Cooperative Extension.

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