Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy
Building Healthy Communities
April 2016-May 2018
Nutrition education programs (NEPs) are school-based strategies designed to increase healthy food choices and improve nutrition-related behaviors.
NEPs can include a range of activities, including physical activity programs, school gardens, local food sourcing for cafeterias, or a formal nutrition curriculum. Much of the nutrition education in New York is implemented through NEPs, but very little research has been done on how New York State or City governments currently support, implement, and coordinate nutrition education. Studies suggest that at all levels of government, nutrition education is underfunded and lacks coordination. To direct resources to groups that need these opportunities the most and invest in innovative solutions, it is critical for stakeholders to have accurate data on the state of nutrition education. Currently, there is no clear picture of how much funding is available and where and how it is being spent.
In 2016, NYSHealth awarded the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy a grant to assess the current state of nutrition education in New York City public schools and identify how the State supports nutrition education.