About Community Wellness-NEP

The Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) works to improve the nutrition and health of audiences with limited resources in Indiana. We offer two major initiatives to communities, free of charge.

Contact Us

Jeff Walker, NEP Community Wellness Coordinator

Trenna Jossart, NEP Assistant


1. Nutrition Education/SNAP-Ed

Our NEP Advisors provide free nutrition education to youth and adults through schools and a variety of community groups.  Our research-based programming is fun, hands-on and easy to understand.  The highly interactive lessons help participants:

  • Plan nutritious meals
  • Be active
  • Handle food safely
  • Spend food dollars wisely
  • Improve food purchasing and preparation skills
  • Find out about SNAP benefits and other community resources

2. Community Wellness Coordinators

Our Community Wellness Coordinators help make the healthy choice the easy choice. They collaborate with community partners on broader community change that involves policy, system and environmental changes.
Ask about our work in:

  • Health coalitions
  • Community gardens
  • School and workplace wellness
  • Healthy corner stores
  • Trails and parks
  • Farm to school
  • Farmers markets
  • Active living
  • Food access
  • Food pantries

Funding and Impact

The Nutrition Education Program has existed in Indiana since 1994 as a part of Purdue Extension. We’re funded by two federal funding streams:

  1. SNAP-Ed, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education Division

  2. EFNEP, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program