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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.

Getting the most out of your corner store
Getting the most out of your corner store

Do you ever do your food shopping at a corner store? Although larger grocery stores usually have lower prices and a better selection of healthy foods, you can still find healthy options at corner stores.

Produce Spotlight: Sweet Potato
Sweet Potato

Pick of the Crop:

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Choose firm and dry sweet potatoes without any wrinkles, bruises, sprouts, or moldy spots. To keep fresh, store in a dry, cool place, like the pantry. Wash sweet potatoes just before preparing.

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