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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.

Buying canned fruits and vegetables

Canned fruits and vegetables are great to keep on hand for when you don’t have fresh or frozen ones. Look for “low sodium” or “no salt added” on the label when buying canned vegetables. For canned fruit, choose the ones canned in 100% juice or water instead of syrup.

Asparagus spears close up

Pick of the Crop

Choose firm, fresh asparagus with tightly closed tips and smooth stems. Both thin and thick asparagus spears can be tender. Spears grow either thin or thick from the ground and do not get thicker with age. Asparagus is rich in nutrients, including folate. Folate 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.