Thanks to a local program through Sampson County Cooperative Extension, a group of local adults are making better choices for their health.
The Friendly Trio Community Development Corporation recently hosted the “Families Eating Smart and Moving More” initiative through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Lethia Lee, an EFNEP agent worked with a group of adults associated with the Friendly Trio Program, a community organization in Sampson County.
“It was a great experience to be able to teach that group,” Lee said about the 18-hour program. “They were so eager to learn.”
The statewide program promotes healthy eating and physical activity. According to the organization, the mission is to reverse rising obesity and chronic diseases in North Carolina.
During the lessons, the participants learned about handling food safely and other sanitary techniques such as washing hands properly Lee noted how even the smallest things can make people sick.
Also, Lee was pleased to teach the physical exercise component of the program as well. Participants learned how being active may lower high blood pressure and prevent other problems such as diabetes.
“I know that this group will use these life lessons in their daily walk,” Lee said. “They realize the importance of your health by being aware of the things we eat and drink.”
For their work, they received certificates of completion for participating in the program.
Under the leadership of President Charles Strickland, The Friendly Trio Program began more than a decade ago to help seniors and other groups in the community.