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Division of Nutrition

The Division of Nutrition manages a range of food, nutrition, and obesity prevention programs intended to help Americans eliminate these risk factors from their lifestyles.  In partnership with the Cooperative Extension System, the division conducts nutrition-related research and delivers educational programs to consumers throughout the country. In addition, the division informs policymakers of emerging research and public needs in order to support enactment of sound policies and laws.


  • Reduce childhood obesitythe number one nutritional problem in America — particularly in low-income and minority communities
  • Encourage healthy food habits
  • Help limited resource families and youth attain the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to change their eating habits and improve their overall health

For Director and National Program Leader (NPL) contacts by Institute and Division, please visit the NIFA Institutes page.
For NPL contacts by Program, please visit the NIFA National Program Leaders page.