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Welcome to Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition (ICAN)

What is ICAN?

ICAN offers free nutrition education to New Mexicans with limited economic resources.

At every hands-on session, you'll engage in a fun food activity and a simple physical activity.

You may receive recipes, an exercise DVD, and other fun and useful items.

With ICAN you can learn how to:

  • Save money at the grocery store
  • Store and handle food safely
  • Be more physically active
  • Eat a variety of nutritious foods
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prepare quick and nutritious meals that your family will love!

ICAN is funded primarily by SNAP-Ed and EFNEP.

ICAN is a program of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Learn more about ICAN

To learn more about the ICAN program in your county, contact your local extension office at 505-243-1386.

You may also visit the ICAN website.

ICAN classes are for adults or youth in group settings. To bring ICAN Classes to your school, organization or worksite; or if you would like more information about the Bernalillo County ICAN Program, contact Donna.

ICAN's mission

ICAN's mission is to reduce nutritional health disparities in New Mexico and make a measurable positive impact on the well-being of our communities by facilitating series of research-based, hands-on nutrition experiences with adults and youth.

Other Extension food & nutrition programs

Learn more about other Extension food & nutrition programs.

Calendar of adult classes


Register for a class

Our classes are free and open to qualified families and individuals.

To qualify, you must:

  • be a low-income adult who is pregnant or have children in grade 6 or below living at home, and
  • be a Bernalillo County resident.

To register, please:


Contact us

Donna Sauter, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service
1510 Menaul Blvd., NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-243-1386
Email: sauter@nmsu.edu

Classoom resources: Donna's picks

TEACHERS! Check out our ICAN Coordinator's favorite classroom resources!

Click here to learn more about Donna Sauter.


ICAN in action

Every student at Chaparral Elementary School in Albuquerque proudly received a certificate from the ICAN program this year! Read more. They are among the 2,000 students in Albuquerque, and the 15,200 students across the state, this year who have completed the nutrition program from New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service nutrition educators. See video.