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Mission, Goal, Objectives


The vision of the center is a society where all individuals are able to eat healthfully and be physically active in environments that make healthy choices the easy choices.


The mission of the Center is to promote a culture of health among low-income populations by bringing researchers and program implementers together to engage in sound intervention research, congruent with implementation and dissemination science. The focus of the center’s research is to study the combination of direct nutrition education with PSE approaches that encourage healthful food and activity behaviors and wise use of food resources; and to disseminate results to program providers regionally and nationally.


The goal of the Center is to expand the evidence base that supports effective nutrition education for low-income families and children delivered in conjunction with policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) approaches that make healthy choices easier in order to prevent obesity.


  1. Foster sustainable regional and local collaborations among researchers working in a variety of relevant disciplines and nutrition and health program implementers serving low-income audiences across the northeastern United States, a region of stark geographical contrasts from dense urban to remote and isolated rural.
  2. Develop a signature research program that combines direct education with PSE changes able to be effectively implemented by programs such as EFNEP and SNAP-Ed that serve low-income rural and urban participants from a wide range of ethnic, racial and linguist backgrounds.
  3. Create a system of subawards to fund projects that rigorously test the effectiveness of emergent or practice-based interventions that combine nutrition education and public health approaches to support a culture of health among low income populations.
  4. Develop a communication and dissemination system including mentoring and staff development through eXtension, social media, and on-line platforms as well as research articles to share the work of the Center, research results from Center projects, and best practices for nutrition education approaches that include PSE change efforts.

United States Department of Agriculture

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the USDA.

RNECE: Regional Nutrition Education Centers of Excellence