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Free Nutrition and Health Lessons

The Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) offers FREE nutrition education lessons in your community—as well as Community Wellness Coordinators who collaborate with partners on broader community change.




NEP offers four free educational programs, serving two groups:

  • Adults and families
  • Schools and after-school programs

All of our research-based lessons are fun, hands-on and easy to understand. Plus, they’re delivered by caring and community based NEP Advisors, trained extensively by Purdue University dietetic and public health professionals.

Making Your Food Dollars Work

Making Your Food Dollars Work

4 lessons | Adults & Families

Lesson length: 15 minutes
Learn how to buy healthy food on a limited budget,and have plenty to feed yourself—or your family—all month long.

Lesson Topics

  • The “Ins” and “Outs” of Getting Through the Month
  • A Trip to the Store (Comparison Shopping     and Impulse Buying)
  • Saving Money and Menu Planning
  • It All Adds Up (Spending Habits)

Being Active

Being Active

7 lessons | Adults & Families

Lesson length: 30 minutes
Are you ready to move? Have fun as you learn and participate in safe ways to get your 30 minutes of daily physical activity.

Lesson Topics

  • Warm Up/Cool Down
  • Taking Your Pulse
  • Walk Your Way to Fitness
  • Flexibility
  • Upper Body Strength
  • Lower Body Strength
  • Relaxation Techniques

Small Steps to Health

Small Steps to Health

6 lessons (plus 5 optional) | Adults & Families

Lesson length: 1 hour

Enjoy learning about healthy food and nutrition, food safety, meal planning and setting goals. Prepare and sample delicious food during lessons, and take home a healthy recipe each week.

Lesson Topics

  • Understanding MyPlate
  • Understanding Food Labels
  • Great Start: Breakfast
  • Safe Food for Your Family
  • Planning Great Family Meals
  • Making Your Food Dollars Work

Optional Lessons

  • Sensational Side Dishes & Snacks
  • Getting to Know Your Calcium-Rich Foods
  • Going Lean With Protein
  • Figuring Out Fats
  • Preparing Great Family Meals

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health)

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health)

7 lessons (plus 5 optional) | Schools & After-School Programs

Pre-K – High School: Ages 3-18

Lesson length: 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on group needs

National curriculum meets Indiana academic standards.

Get youth pumped about physical activity and healthy food choices with this highly creative and interactive, research-based curriculum.

Lesson Topics:

  • Physical Activity
  • Energy Balance
  • Snack Preparation
  • Beverages
  • Fast Food
  • Screen Time
  • Breakfast
  • Bone Health