The United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) formed the Nutrition and Health Committee for Planning and Guidance in 2008 to work with NIFA national program leaders to strategically position extension programs for the future. Committee members represent all regions of the country. Professor Katherine Cason, Phd, RD, LD, is the Committee Chair-Elect for 2012-2013.
Two objectives in the 2009 Strategic Opportunities for Cooperative Extension, Executive Summary, published by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, help direct the committee’s efforts to: 1) ensure an abundant and safe food supply for all; and 2) help families, youth, and individuals to become physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. The committee’s work is focused on five key activities: evaluation indicators; curriculum oversight; nutrition and physical activity policies and programs; professional training; and communication and resource links.