The University of Tennessee Extension Department of Family and Consumer Sciences educates families and communities to make healthy life choices.

We are located in all 95 counties across the state of Tennessee. We provide nutrition education to those with limited resources through two special programs.

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We collaborate with partners to bring about changes in the community to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Extension agents and program assistants partner with community agencies, organizations and volunteers to conduct interactive lessons with adults and youth.

Strategies are evidence-based and tailored to meet the needs of families with limited resources.


Our goal is to help participants:

  • Choose healthy foods and beverages on a budget
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Drink fewer sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Lead physically active lives
  • Practice healthy foods skill such as planning meals, shopping, cooking and safe food handling
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Well-trained staff to conduct or coordinate the programs.

Equipment and supplies needed for lesson delivery, food preparation and healthy message prompts.

Materials to help participants practice new skills at home.

Tools to help communities promote healthy living choices.


Cooking Skills

Healthy Eating

Stretching Food Budgets

Being More Active

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Help recruit program partcipants

Assist in locating meeting facilities for sessions

Agree to provide Adequate time for programs

Facilitate agency or community activities to promote healthy living


A local coalition of partners and volunteers join together to plan and carry out activities they would not be able to do on their own. Members come from a wide variety of agencies and organizations serving families with limited resources.

Coalitions help:

  • Identify help
  • Prioritize and guide programming
  • Reach the audience
  • Generate community interest
  • Plan and conduct activities

Benefits Include:

  • Capacity to make a real impact in the community
  • Opportunities to share your own programs
  • Learning about resources and activities at other agencies
  • Access to UT Extension program resources

About Our Nutrition Education Programs

The University of Tennessee Extension, Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education Program (UT SNAP-Ed: TNCEP) is funded through the Tennessee Department of Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture. This program provides nutrition education to families and individuals receiving or eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP) benefits.

The University of Tennessee Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program(UT EFNEP) is funded by the US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) to provide nutrition education with a hands-on approach for families and youth with limited resources.