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UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program

The UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) provides individuals, families, and communities with the knowledge and skills for healthier eating through research-based nutrition education that makes a real difference.  With field offices throughout Massachusetts, and in partnership with local agencies, organizations, and schools, NEP helps low-income individuals and families make the most of their limited food resources.  Our program evaluations show that through NEP's hands-on learning, practical tips, personal goal-setting, and small changes over time, our participants make healthier food choices, handle foods more safely, and are physically more active - all of which lead to better health.

Helping Massachusetts Families Grow Healthier

NEP In Your Community
Nutrition Education Program In Your Community

Seven offices… more than 50 communities and more than

100 collaborating agencies … across Massachusetts, NEP brings the messages of healthy food choices, physical activity, food safety, and stretching food dollars, to promote families and communities Growing Healthy Together. Learn more about where we are in your community.

Adding fish to your diet
Adding fish to your diet

Seafood is a delicious and healthy way to get protein. Fish contains heart-healthy omega-3 fats plus lots of vitamins, minerals, and protein. Try to eat fish at least one time each week.

Produce Spotlight: Asparagus
Asparagus

Pick of the Crop:

Choose firm, fresh asparagus with compact tips and smooth stems. Both thin and thick spears can be tender. Spears grow either thin or thick from the ground and don’t get thicker with age. Asparagus is rich in nutrients, including folic acid.  Folic acid is important to help prevent birth defects.

Recipes: Visit Massachusetts Locally grown featuring recipes for fruits and vegetables grown in Massachusetts and found at most local farmers’ markets.