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.

The Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University (IFS@CU) takes a comprehensive approach to providing training and conducting applied research to support the food industry, from farm to fork, in reducing foodborne illness risks. 

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.

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.
Extension Associate Spotlight
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Tisa Hill
Tisa's work has focused on preventing unhealthy weight gain in children through the CCE Adopting Healthy Habits (AHH) program.