Staff members from Michigan State University Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in Ingham County and the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Healthy Homes University project have a goal in common – they want to help families be healthy. The two are working together to reach that goal. The Healthy Homes University project aims to reduce lead-based paint poisoning throughout the state. MSUE EFNEP staff members have been helping to identify eligible clients that qualify for this free program to help families with asthmatic children. In return, the Healthy Homes staff members have been referring their clients to our nutrition program.
According to Joyce McGarry, Extension educator, it’s a win-win situation for families to become involved with both programs. Healthy Homes inspects homes and installs products to reduce asthma triggers and prevent injuries. EFNEP educates families on healthy food choices, food safety, the importance of physical activity and easy food preparation techniques. Both programs are able to combine their strengths in assisting families with basic needs of health and nutrition.
Joyce remarks, “We work with so many families that need more than just our nutrition education. To be able to connect our EFNEP clients with additional needed services helps MSUE build relationships within our community.”