Nutrition Education and Cooking Classes

Youth love cooking in the classroom or as part of after-school programs

Physical Activity during Nutrition Education Classes

We make physical activity fun!

Nutrition Education

Developing healthy eating behaviors in youth shapes behaviors as adults


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County offers free programs to youth with in-classroom education and after-school programs. 

Obesity puts individuals at risk for many of the leading causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, types of cancers, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and kidney disease. Currently, more than 1/3 of all children in New York State are classified as overweight or obese. Good nutrition and physical activity is vital for health and preventing disease. 

CCE Broome has programs (EFNEP, SNAP-ED, Healthy Lifestyle Coalition) designed to educate youth with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to improve their overall diet and nutritional well-being. We want to help youth embrace nutrition to make healthier choices and get more physical activity.

Through these programs our goal is to:

  • Increase the consumption of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products
  • Decrease sugar-sweetened beverage consumption
  • Reduce the consumption of low-nutrient, high-energy dense foods containing large amounts of added sugars, salt, and saturated fats.
  • Increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviors
  • Improve food resource management skills
  • Improve food preparation skills
  • Increase access to affordable and nutritious foods


Our SNAP-Ed educators can come into the classroom or work with after-school programs. We have a variety of nutrition lessons that can be taught individually as one-time lessons or as series programs up to 6 lessons. We work with teachers around their classroom schedule and what they have available with time, whether its 30 minutes or 2 hours, we can create a program that fits. More details of our lessons below. Please contact to schedule programming.



The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) offers in-school and after-school programming to youth. Our lessons are typically 1-2 hours in length, and must be completed as part of a series for 6 weeks. Each EFNEP program includes recipe preparation where youth learn hands-on cooking skills. Please contact to schedule programming.



Together with the United Way's Healthy Lifestyle Coalition (HLC), CCE Broome works with the neighborhoods surrounding Theodore Roosevelt Elementary and Calvin Coolidge Elementary. These areas have traditionally been known as food deserts with high rates of obesity. Through our HLC programming, we offer nutrition, physical activity, and STEAM classes in the form of one-time lessons and/or series lessons during in-school or after-school education. Additional after-school programs can be found at the Lee Barta Community Center on Liberty Street in Binghamton. To schedule programming, please contact



Tara Kenyon
Associate Director of Programs/Supervising Nutritionist
(607) 677-4920

Last updated September 21, 2022