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Project Title

SNAP-Ed EFNEP Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence

Funding Dates



The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)/Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Southern Regional Center of Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (RNECE- South) at the UNC and North Carolina State University (NC State) was an integrated project to improve the health of low-income Americans through multiple strategies, including complementary nutrition education and public health approaches. The RNECE Initiative’s work equiped SNAP-Ed and EFNEP implementing agencies to create a culture of wellness and to promote evidence-based approaches to nutrition education and policy, systems and environmental  change. RNECE-South served SNAP-Ed and EFNEP efforts in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Research Areas 

Cardiovascular Health, Obesity, and Diabetes
Health Equity

Healthy Food Access
Nutrition and Physical Activity
Rural Health
Additional Topics

Principal Investigator

Alice Ammerman, DrPH


United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)


RNECE Initiative Products