Signature Programs and Special Projects
We partner with over two thousand organizations across the state to deliver programs that improve the health of Minnesotans.
Our Extension Educators — From needs assessment to engaging stakeholders to creating system change, our Extension educators work across the state to support for your food access projects.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) — Helping Minnesotans with limited financial resources make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) — Providing hands-on nutrition education to assist families with limited resources in the Twin Cities to make healthy food and physical activity choices.
Cooking Matters® Minnesota — Hands-on, cooking-based nutrition education programs that help low-income families prepare healthy meals.
I CAN Prevent Diabetes — This lifestyle change program provides tools for adults to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Building Better Food Shelves — Training, print materials, videos, and more for food shelf directors, volunteers and others working to improve healthy food access.
Healthy Food, Safe Food — This partnership between Extension and Minnesota Department of Health conducted a formative evaluation to aid in developing a plan of action to address regulatory barriers to improve access to healthy foods, while simultaneously maintaining and enhancing food safety.
Healthy Food Shelf Transformations — This SNAP-Ed-funded project aims to transform hunger relief in Minnesota to be more healthful, equitable, and reliable.
Latino Fathers Promoting Healthy Youth Behaviors — This AFRI grant-funded project to prevent obesity among Latino adolescents includes a multidisciplinary team and community-based participatory research.
Minnesota Smarter Lunchroom Collaborative — This first-of-its-kind statewide collaborative is working together to identify ways to efficiently and effectively to improve school nutrition environments.
Minnesota Food Charter — The charter guides policymakers and community leaders in providing Minnesotans with equal access to affordable, safe, and healthy food regardless of where they live.
Minnesota Food Charter Network: Engagement — This network supports and fosters shared action towards healthy food access for all, and a core function is engaging Minnesota food networks to build connections and strengthen capacity.
Serious Game: Changing Energy Balance-Related Behaviors of Youth — A multidisciplinary team funded by an NIH-grant developed and tested an educational game for high school-aged youth that promotes healthy eating and physical activity.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners — The Children, Youth, and Family Consortium is engaging in a partnership with Bruce Vento Elementary School to develop engaging learning environments that enhance student academic success.
Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Program — Minnesota Department of Health — Supplemental food program for pregnant women, infants and children. Find an office near you: English | español | Lus Hmoob | Soomaali