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Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP)

General information

The Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOP) program, funded primarily by the US Department of Agriculture with the SNAP-ED grant, collaborates with Health System divisions, community agencies and residents to create changes using Policy, Systems, and Environment (PSE) strategies.

Using these strategies, NEOP staff strives to impact the state-wide obesity epidemic by increasing access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables, and promoting physical activity. With focus on low-income residents, our collaborative efforts are focused where community residents Live, Eat, Learn, Play, Work, and Shop in San Mateo County.

If you want to learn more about the NEOP program in San Mateo County, contact Nayan Patel at 650-573-2025 or

For information on the statewide Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch visit the California Department of Public Health site

Direct Education

Using USDA-approved curriculum, the staff teaches on topics such as: eating a balanced meal, reducing solid fat consumption, and making half your plate fruits and vegetables.

All curriculum is designed to teach English/language arts, math, science, and health, empowering children to make healthy choices, learn where their food comes from, and how it’s grown.

Garden Education

NEOP is committed to giving a real-life experience to all students by taking the education to the outdoors. Using garden beds to plant, grow, and harvest fruits and vegetables, students have the opportunity to connect their food to the living environment.

Through the classroom and garden experience, students learn about the impact of the environment on the food we eat and the impact of the food we eat to their health. 

Education for Adults

Multi-series nutrition workshops are held by NEOP staff with in both the classroom and the outdoors. Currently, NEOP partners with different community and county agencies to sustain the Friendship Park community garden where residents grow food for their families.

The school and community gardens are an example of a Physical, Systems, and Environmental strategy intervention. These interventions are key in addressing the state-wide obesity epidemic, with focus on low-income residents, by increasing access to healthy foods.

The NEOP program is primarily funded by the US Department of Agriculture with the SNAP-ED grant.