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Food & Nutrition

Nutrition is necessary for good health and for preventing disease. The Extension Food and Nutrition Program provides practical education and information for families, youth, and consumers. Our programs deliver hands-on education focusing on food selection, food preparation, meal planning, food safety, shopping skills, and the latest research-based nutrition information.

Programs

Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition (ICAN)

ICAN is free, hands-on nutrition education. Participants graduate by attending at least 4 classes. Classes run 60-90 minutes and include a physical activity. ICAN is funded by EFNEP and SNAP-Ed and focuses on reaching limited-resource audiences throughout New Mexico. Please visit the ICAN home page for more information.

Diabetes Programs

A variety of free programs focused on diabetes prevention and management are offered throughout New Mexico. Please visit the Diabetes home page for more information.

Fit Families

Fit Families is a free, 7-week, family-friendly, pediatric referral program. Fit Families is designed to help overweight children and their families by providing hands-on activities that focus on nutrition, fitness, and self-esteem. Fit Families is funded by the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and a grant from the NM Department of Health, and in part through the generosity of General Mills. Please visit the Fit Families home page for more information.

OrganWise Guys

The OrganWise Guys Program is an evidence-based school health program that uses characters based on the organs of the body, along with high energy activities, to teach children how to make positive health, nutrition, and physical activity choices. For more information, contact Lucinda Banegas-Carreon at 575-646-2034 or lubanega@nmsu.edu.

County Programs

Home economists conduct a variety of food and nutrition programs designed to fit the needs of the county. Contact your local county extension office for more information about these important and useful programs.

County Extension Phone Numbers and Websites

CES Nutrition Team

CES Nutrition Team

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Carol Turner

for more information, please contact:
Dr. Carol Turner
New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service
MSC 3AE, PO Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003

Phone: 575-646-3588
Fax: 575-646-1889
Email: caturner@nmsu.edu