EFNEP's Impact on Exemplary Educators' Quality of Life

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Abstract

Objective:

To determine how the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) affects the quality of life (QoL) of its exemplary paraprofessional educators.

Methods:

Qualitative telephone interviews with EFNEP supervisors (15), educators (28), and agency partners (15). Template analysis based on the University of Toronto's QoL constructs.

Results:

The EFNEP had a positive impact on 6 of 9 a priori categories: physical being, psychological being, social belonging, community belonging, practical becoming, and growth becoming.

Conclusions and Implications:

The EFNEP enhances the QoL of its exemplary educators, which suggests that the program's benefits go beyond those documented in participants.

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