ESNY classes can help you put more vegetables and fruits in your diet.

A small group nutrition class
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A small group nutrition class

Learn to make healthy meals your family will love in ESNY classes.

Learn to make healthy meals your family will love in ESNY classes.

A woman and her daughter read and share a healthy snack together.
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A woman and her daughter read and share a healthy snack together.

Learn to read and understand food nutrition labels in an ESNY class.
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Learn to read and understand food nutrition labels in an ESNY class.

Eat Smart New York - Western Region

Please visit our new websiteESNYWesternRegion.org, to find events in your neighborhood, low-cost healthy recipes, nutrition & wellness resources, stores and more! (Website currently under construction)

Eat Smart New York is a FREE nutrition education and obesity prevention program for low-income youth, families, and seniors living in New York state.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County is the regional program lead in Western New York, coordinating programming across Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.  The Eat Smart New York program aims to improve health outcomes and reduce chronic disease for low-income adults and youth.  The program' s core objectives are to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, and to be physically active and balance calories every day as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Eat Smart New York offers workshops and events throughout the community at locations serving low-income populations, including schools, community centers, farmers markets, grocery stores, and food pantries. All events are hands on, and often include a physical activity and an opportunity to prepare a healthy, tasty recipe.

Workshop Topics:

  • MyPlate: The 1st Step to a Healthier You...
  • Fruits and Veggies: Why Does More Matter?
  • Fiber: Quick & tasty ways to make the switch to Whole Grains.
  • What’s in Your Drink? Learn tips to quench your thirst w/o all the sugar. 
  • Energy Balance: Calories in, calories out...Find your balance by eating well and being active.
  • Food Safety: How long can you keep leftovers? Plus other tips to keep your food safe.
  • Meal Makeover: Let’s do it together...Discover small changes to make your favorite meals healthier and tasty!
  • Portion Distortion: Learn to identify how much food is right for you.
  • Stretch Your Food Dollar: Discover how to eat better on a budget by meal planning, buying in three stages, and more.
  • Labels: How to make sense of the Nutrition Facts Label... It’s important to your health.
  • Healthy Snacking: Discover tasty snacking w/o all the fat, sugar, and salt.
  • Fast Food Facts: Quick & easy ways to make healthier choices away from home.
  • Reducing Screen Time: Step away from the screen: How to be more physically active.

Policy, Systematic, and Environmental Change

Eat Smart New York: Western New York is collaborating with community agencies, organizations, and schools on sustainable policy, systematic, and environmental approaches. Together our goal is to make accessible and empower low-income and limited-resource Western New Yorkers to adopt healthful nutrition and physical activity behaviors conducive to positive health and well-being. Our current initiatives include: Buffalo Healthy Corner Store Initiative, Grow on the Go, Nourish Your Neighbor, and School Wellness.”

Last updated September 26, 2017