About Us

The University of Arizona, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Cooperative Extension partner with the Arizona Nutrition Network to coordinate, administer and evaluate nutrition and physical activity initiatives throughout the State of Arizona.

Nutrition and physical activity education and interventions are delivered to youth and adults in community programs and schools. Direct education, partner trainings, technical assistance, and other resources are used to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPlate, and The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are the foundation of our programs and interventions.


To promote healthy nutrition and physical activity lifestyles


Healthier individuals and families in our communities


  • To introduce variety to make nutrition and physical activity enticing and enjoyable for individuals, families, and communities
  • To provide nutrition and physical activity education and resources that are evidence-based and support the USDA Dietary Guidelines (2010), MyPlate, and The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2008):
    • Balance calories
    • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
    • Eat more vegetables and fruits
    • Make 1/2 of your grains whole grains
    • Drink water instead of sugary drinks
    • Cut back on solid fats, added sugars, and salt
    • Get at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity for youth and 30 minutes for adults
    • To introduce gardening as a fun path to nutrition and physical activity
  • To provide education and resources for planning and budgeting healthy food choices and physical activities
  • To support public policies and environmental changes that make healthy food and physical activity choices easier
  • To identify new opportunities to promote healthy choices among Americans
  • To expand our partnerships by coordinating efforts with like-minded organizations and community leaders on local and national nutrition and physical activity initiatives
  • To develop, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based interventions and disseminate our research findings
  • To maximize use of public funds by improving operational efficiency through centralizing administrative functions and standardizing processes