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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

SNAP–Ed and EFNEP: Helping Tens of Thousands of People Learn About Good Nutrition

NEP Farmers' Market Demonstration The annual report for fiscal year 2016 from the University of Massachusetts Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) is full of impressive statistics.  Through the power of numbers, one quickly gets a rundown of how many people are making healthier choices through direct work within communities.

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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.

Choosing fish
Choosing fish

There are lots of low-cost options when it comes to buying fish. Canned salmon is one inexpensive option, and it’s high in the heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Other fish that are high in omega-3 fats include trout, anchovies, herring, sardines, and Atlantic and Pacific mackerel.

Produce Spotlight: 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.