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Nutrition Education Program



The Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) works to improve the nutrition and health of audiences with limited resources by helping to make the healthy choice the easy choice.  The Nutrition Education Program offers two major initiatives to communities, Nutrition Education/SNAP-Ed and Community Wellness Coordinator and are free of charge.


5 focus areas of NEP

  • Nutrition
  • Food Safety
  • Food security (hunger)
  • Physical activity
  • Food resource management (stretching food dollars)
Target audiences
  • SNAP/EFNEP recipients
  • Individuals with limited resources (youth, seniors, singles, homeless, migrants, families, single parents)
  • Schools with 50% or more free and reduced lunch
  • Communities with high poverty rates


Nutrition Education/SNAP-Ed

Our NEP Advisors provide free nutrition education to youth and adults through schools and a variety of community groups.  The highly interactive, research-based programming 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

Community Wellness Coordinator

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 such as:

  • 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

Contact us!

Judith Barnes


Nutrition Education Program Advisor

Leslie gackle

Nutrition Education Program Advisor

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