Nutrition, Food Safety and Security, and Obesity Prevention

Partnering with the College of Human Ecology outreach centers, institutes and departments, Cornell Cooperative Extension nutrition programs connect research and practice, are highly collaborative, build on community strengths, and provide knowledge for policymakers.

Research-based education is focused on reducing childhood obesity, improving nutrition, and increasing food security and safety.

Visit or contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office for information on specific programs in your county or region.


FNEC promotes positive nutrition practices, encouraging wise use of resources, securing access to nutritious and safe food, and fostering food secure communities through research- and issue-based programming focused on on low-income individuals and families.

Farm to School programs link schools with local farms.  Programs vary but often include: school meals featuring local food,  food and agriculture education in the classroom, school gardens, field trips to farms, and celebrations.

The “Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth” People’s Garden School Pilot Project is an extension partnership that engaged more than 4,000 elementary students in creating gardens in 54 low-income schools in four pilot states.

Cornell's FMNP goals are to strengthen local farmers' markets and enhance the food security of low income consumers.

Program Area Lead

Kim Kopko
Associate Director, Human Ecology
Faculty Spotlight
Jamie Dollahite
Leads Food and Nutrition Education in Communities programs, including the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Local Impact
NYC Teen Leaders Promote Healthy Lifestyles
In 2014, 49 teens were trained to teach NYC youth about healthy eating and fitness through the 4-H Choose Health Action Teens program. They reached 623 children in afterschool and day camp settings and 980 adults at health fairs and outreach events.