Food, Nutrition and Health Program

The Food, Nutrition and Health Program is designed to educate Miami-Dade County citizens and provide them with the skills needed to change lifestyle behaviors to reduce their risk of major chronic diseases and conditions, and adopt dietary practices recommended for different life cycle stages.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010


The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, released on January 31, 2011, emphasize three major goals for Americans:

  • Balance calories with physical activity to manage weight
  • Consume more of certain foods and nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood
  • Consume fewer foods with sodium (salt), saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 include 23 key recommendations for the general population and 6 additional key recommendations for specific population groups, such as pregnant women.  The recommendations are intended to help people choose an overall healthy diet.

For information on the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, visit

The Heavy Toll of Diet-Related Chronic Diseases

Expanded Food & Nutrition Program

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Program, EFNEP, is funded by the USDA to help limited-income families and youth acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary to improve their diets in normal nutrition.

The EFNEP program operates in twelve Florida counties, with Miami-Dade County having the largest program.

Research has shown that for every $ invested in EFNEP, up to $10 is saved in health care cost. The benefits of EFNEP were characterized as dollars estimated to be saved on health care costs by the potential delay/avoidance of chronic disease and conditions as a result of EFNEP participants adopting optimal food, nutrition and lifestyle behaviors.


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