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About Health and Nutrition

University of Minnesota Extension Health and Nutrition Programs improve food literacy, physical activity, and healthy food access for Minnesotans to promote health and reduce disparities using University resources and proven educational and engagement strategies.

For Families

SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed)

We empower Minnesotans with limited financial resources to make healthy food and physical activity choices. Our SNAP-Ed classes provide six hours of education, are held in a variety of community settings and are customized to meet the audiences' needs.

Cooking Matters® Minnesota

Cooking Matters® Minnesota empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make healthy, delicious and affordable meals. It combines the expertise of Extension with the time and talents of local chefs who teach participants how to prepare tasty meal for their families.

For Schools

Farm to School

Schools and farmers are collaborating to bring fresh produce to Minnesota students. We provide resources that help cafeterias, classrooms, and communities work together to strengthen farms, increase school meal participation, and promote healthy eating habits.

School Foodservice Training and Resources

School cafeterias are on the leading edge of childhood health. We offer face-to-face training for school foodservice directors and staff to improve their offerings. We also provide tools, information, and resources online to help meet nutrition standards in school lunch and breakfast programs.

For Minnesota

Minnesota Food and Nutrition Network

Is your organization looking to make a bigger impact? The Minnesota Food and Nutrition Network (MFNN) is for you! MFNN's mission is to promote consistent, research-based nutrition messages to help Minnesotans with limited resources enjoy healthful lifestyles.

Food Safety

One out of six Americans will get sick from a foodborne illness every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The Food Safety program provides training and resources on safe food handling practices from farm to fork.

Your Turn

We all have a part to play in improving the health of Minnesotans.


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