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.


Promoting positive nutrition practices, wise use of resources, securing access to nutritious and safe food, and fostering food secure communities through 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 foods, food and agriculture education in the classroom, school gardens, field trips to farms, and celebrations.

Local food consumption has been steadily increasing over the past decade. There has been a significant amount of growth in outlets like farmers' markets and community supported agriculture. CCE fosters this growth through innovative programming and targeted consultations.

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.