University of Maryland Extension


Welcome to the Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE) program page. FSNE provides nutrition education to help low-income individuals and families make healthy food choices, develop food preparation skills, handle food safely, improve shopping skills, and increase physical activity. FSNE also provides nutrition education training to volunteers and professionals who provide services to low-income families, thus expanding the reach of the program.
FSNE educators collaborate with state and local organizations and often partner with many USDA food and nutrition programs such as WIC, the school lunch and breakfast program, HEAD START, and others to strengthen programming and ensure that key nutrition messages are consistent throughout USDA food and nutrition programs. Current messages encourage the public to:

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

Make at least half your grains whole.

Drink water instead of sugar sweetened beverages.

Switch to low fat or reduced fat milk (1%).

Cut back on foods high in solid fat, added sugars and salt.


Health & Wellness

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a challenge in our busy world. The University of Maryland Extension offers community outreach programs that help youth, individuals, and families make informed decisions about their health, housing and overall well-being.

University of Maryland Extension offers programs and resources in the following areas:

 Insuring Your Health:
Programs and resources that increase the capacity of Marylanders to get health information, and understand and use it with confidence to lower the risk of poor health. In response to the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, UME is spearheading a health insurance initiative to educate consumers to make informed decisions about health insurance. For more information on this topic click here.

Fostering Healthy Environments (Healthy Homes):
As a result of studies that link building materials and designs to specific health issues, Congress established the Healthy Homes Initiative in 1999. Supporting this work, the goals of UM Extension’s Healthy Homes programs are to improve personal and family health through awareness of indoor health hazards and strategies to improve indoor air and drinking water quality and safety measures.

 Current Initiatives
A variety of classes, workshops, and trainings reach specific audiences including youth and the general public, health professionals and caseworkers, and day care providers.

 Participants learn how to make homes, schools and work places safer and healthier by minimizing problems related to:

  •  Indoor air quality and asthma triggers
  • Lead, radon & carbon Monoxide poisons
  • Exposure to mold, dust & dust mites

  • Household chemicals & pesticides

  • Safety hazards

 For more information regarding these programs, click here.

Growing Healthy Kids (Youth Safety):

The 4H Youth Development ‘s preventative health and safety programs provide youth with a better understanding on how their choices can help themselves and their families. Youth and the adults that work with them learn safe practices in the home, farm and outdoors and how to make informed health and life choices. 4-H educators also disseminate information at health fairs, home and garden shows, Safe Kids Days, County fairs, back to school nights, community programs and University of Maryland sponsored events such as Maryland Day and Ag Day.

For more information on the Maryland 4H Youth Development Program click here. For information on local 4H programs that focus on health and wellness, contact your county Extension office.

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