Santa Clara County
University of California
Santa Clara County

University of California Cooperative Extension

Nutrition Education Programs Building a Healthy Community

The Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Program in Santa Clara County is anchored in the two federally funded nutrition education programs – the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program. Working in collaboration with local partners serving low-income populations, these programs deliver direct nutrition education to youth, families with children, and adults. Increasingly NFCS program staff also work with local stakeholders to enact policy, system, and environmental (PSE) changes that make healthy choice the default choice in a variety of settings. 

UC Delivers highlighting the success of cafeteria promotions as part of UC CalFresh’s Farm to School work.


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Photo 1 – Students of the Early Childhood Teacher Assistant program with UC CalFresh educator, Elaine Taylor at Center for Employment Training graduate from a four part series of Plan, Shop, Save, and Cook.

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Photo 2 – Smarter Lunchrooms Movement posters at Bracher Elementary School encourage students to choose fruits and vegetables at lunch.

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Photo 3 – UC CalFresh program staff (Aileen Truillo, Elaine Taylor, Kay Oghoghorie) with Q of the San Jose Earthquakes – reminding children to stay physically active and drink lots of water!

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Photo 4 - Comparing fat in fast food meals. EFNEP Adult Parent Class at Cristo Rey High School, San Jose

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Photo 5- Aileen Trujillo leading a cooking demonstration as part of an EFNEP Adult Parent Class at Grail Family Services, San Jose.

What the program participants say:

This program has taught me to know important products for the nutrition of my family. I have also learned the science that eating healthy and buying healthy keeps us well and healthy in all aspects and also [we] save money by eating better. Thank you for this program, we will be better in all aspects.”

UC CalFresh -- Plan, Shop, Save, and Cook Participant – Santa Clara County

This class makes me more aware of healthy eating and enforces me to keep maintaining better food selections. Thank you for devoting the time in educating and implementing your knowledge to all of us.

UC CalFresh -- Plan, Shop, Save, and Cook Participant – Santa Clara County

“This has helped me realize that most of the food I’ve consumed is not healthy and that I should begin eating healthier for my overall health.”

EFNEP -- Eating Smart, Being Active Program Participant – Santa Clara County

I now drink more water, and I have actually taken a look at my fridge before going grocery shopping. I also eat before I grocery shop, just to make sure I buy what I need and not what I am craving at that second.

EFNEP -- Eating Smart, Being Active Program Participant – Santa Clara County


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