Nutrition & Wellness Program
Are you looking to get healthier in 2023? We can help with that!
The City of Hyattsville is partnering with the University of Maryland Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) to seek participants for a year-long paid research study to understand the benefits of nutrition programs!
Over the course of the year, study participants will track their height, weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar (with a finger stick). Through hands-on lessons taught by EFNEP staff, participants will learn how to save money at the grocery store, prepare new recipes, plan healthy meals for their families, keep food safe, and find fun ways to be more active!
- Nutritional education & support from trained personnel
- Participants will be paid $140 in cash for participation all the way through the 12 month study. ($20 for lesson 1, $30 after the last lesson, $40 6 months after the last lesson, $50 12 months after the last lesson.)
- Adults aged 18 - 50 who speak English or Spanish
- If you've given birth, it must be at least nine months ago
- Participants cannot be nursing
- Participants must to commit to the program for one year
Participants are required to attend a series of nutritional educational lessons and health screenings starting on January 30, 2023.
Nutritional Classes & Check-In Dates*
- Initial health screening intake: January 30, at 10 AM
- English Language Nutrition Class Sessions: February 6, 13, 21, and 27 and March 6, 2023, at 1 PM
- Spanish Language Nutrition Class Sessions: February 8, 15, and 22 and March 1 and 8, 2023, at 1 PM
- 6-week check-in: March 13, 2023, at 1 PM
6-month check-in: September 11, 2023, at 1 PM
1-year check-in: March 11, 2024, at 1 PM
*All classes & check-ins are in-person at the Hyattsville City Building First Floor Multipurpose Room 4310 Gallatin Street*
Register Here before the extended registration deadline of February 14, 2023!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is administering the study?
The study is being administered by the University of Maryland's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). EFNEP is the nation’s first nutrition education program for low-income populations. This Federal Extension (community outreach) program provides nutrition education to reduce nutrition insecurity of low-income families and youth.
What is the goal of the research study?
From the EFNEP: According to the CDC, 60% of US adults have a diagnosed chronic disease. This indicates the need for focused efforts to change modifiable risk factors including diet and exercise. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program aims to prevent chronic diseases by educating and encouraging vulnerable populations to adopt a healthy diet and physical activity. The long-term goal of this project is to assess whether EFNEP is a cost-effective nutrition education intervention that generates sustained improvement in chronic disease biomarkers. Project results will expand the EFNEP knowledge-base, allowing for program content and delivery modifications that maximize the impact of taxpayer dollars allocated to chronic disease prevention.
For more information or questions about the program, please get in touch with Program Coordinator Ellen Howard de Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (240) 838-2331