Family and Consumer Sciences

FCS_Logo_secondaryThe Family and Consumer Sciences component of the Cooperative Extension Program recognizes that strong families are important to a prosperous and productive society. The family is the major provider of joy, security, values and goals. The Extension staff works to plan and deliver research-based family focused programs in health and well being, parenting, life skills and nutrition to underserved clientele, but, not excluding other audiences, that will serve as a catalyst to improve the quality of living.


Chronic Disease, Health, and Wellness:

The prevalence of obesity has increased dramatically in the United States since the mid-1970s. If trends are not reversed, more people will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives.  Others will face chronic obesity-related health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. This program provides research based information on improving diet, exercise and overall health by consuming nutritious fruits and vegetables, while reducing foods that are high in fat and sugars.

Major programs offered:

  • Step Up and Scale Down Program
  • Balanced Living
  • Media Smart
  • Diabetes Education
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Smart Moves

Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.  A healthy diet is the foundation for overall health and well-being.  Making informed food choices, in addition to being physically active, can help people attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and promote health.  This program provides technical and educational information to limited resource families and individuals to help them understand the importance of nutrition and diet. Additionally, it heightens awareness of the relationship between high calorie food consumption and lack of exercise to health status.

Major programs offered:

  • A Taste of African Heritage
  • Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness Program
  • Healthy Food Preparation
  • Food Protection Management
  • Food Challenge
  • Let’s Move
  • My Plate
  • Smart Moves

Food Safety

Each year, millions of Americans suffer—and thousands die—from foodborne illnesses.  This is a preventable problem that is damaging to both individuals and the economy, but many of these illnesses can be prevented.  This program provides technical and educational information to limited resource families and individuals to help them understand the importance of food safety. Additionally, it heightens awareness of the relationship between basic sanitation practices when handling food reduces waste, conserve nutrients and prevent foodborne illness.

Major programs offered:

  • Avoid Foodborne Illness Program
  • Food Safety Workshops
  • Get The Facts

Fostering Strong Families

As the population continues to grow and diversify, our quality of life increasingly depends on understanding the impact of human behavior.  Individuals who are raised in an environment, in which they learn to make informed decisions, manage their basic needs, and tackle pressing human and societal challenges emerge equipped to lead happier and healthier lives.  A range of health and socioeconomic factors can affect family stability and strength.  This program provides educational and technical information to limited resource families to strengthen family systems.

Major programs offered:

  • Bullying Programs
  • Financial Literacy
  • Power Camp
  • Money Matters Workshops
  • Welcome to the Real World
  • Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action
  • Active Parenting: Cooperative Parenting and Divorce
  • Active Parenting:  The Grief Recovery Method
  • Pathway to Total You Wellness
  • Child Care Conference
  • Families Reading Every Day Program
  • Survive and Thrive and Winning Cooperation
  • Savvy Saving Seniors

Meet our Staff

At headquarters...

Jacquelyn WhiteJacquelyn M. White, Ed.D.
Program Leader (FCS)
(936) 261-5132

Sabrina SimonSabrina Simon
Program Specialist
(936) 261-5127

Danielle Hairston-GreenDanielle Hairston-Green, Ph.D.
Program Specialist
(936) 261-5118

In College of Nursing...

Dawn BurtonDawn Burton
Health Coordinator
(713) 797-7032

In the county (FCS)...

7E8A4170Sheryl Austin
Extension Agent, Bell County
(254) 933-5305

Grace Guerra-GonzalezGrace Guerra-Gonzalez
Extension Agent, Bexar County
(210) 631-0400

Marvin Young
Extension Agent, Dallas County
(214) 904-3050

Rosondra HartsfieldRosondra L. Hartsfield
Extension Agent, Falls County
(254) 883-1413

Courtney BryantCourtney Bryant
Extension Agent, Fort Bend County
(281) 342-3034

Jennifer GarzaJennifer Garza
Extension Agent, Harris County
(281) 855-5600

Ashley MooreAshley Moore
Extension Agent, Harris County
(281) 855-5600

Monica Aguirre
Extension Agent, Maverick County
(830) 773-5064

Stephanie Salinas
Extension Agent, Nueces County
(361) 767-5220

Mary SandersMary Sanders
Extension Agent, Washington County
(979) 277-6212

Placeholder imageKashara Shelton
Extension Agent, Wharton County
(979) 532-3310

Dr. Crystal WiltzCrystal Wiltz, Ph.D.
Extension Agent, Travis County
(512) 854-9612

Te'Anna ReedTe'Anna Reed
Extension Agent, Waller County
(979) 826-7651

In the county (EFNEP)...

Elaine FreeneyElaine Freeney
Program Coordinator (EFNEP), Harris County
(713) 440-4900

Tameka ThomasTameka Thomas
Administrative Assistant, Harris County (FCS/EFNEP)
(713) 440-4900

Alfredo Alberto
Nutrition Education Associate, Harris County (EFNEP)
(713) 440-4900

Vida Harrison
Nutrition Education Associate, Harris County (EFNEP)
(713) 440-4900

Shard'e J. Scott
Nutrition Education Associate, Harris County (EFNEP)
(713) 440-4900

Krystal WilcoxKrystal Wilcox
Nutrition Education Associate, Fort Bend County (EFNEP)
(281) 342-3034

Maria Irma Ortiz
Nutrition Education Associate, Starr County (EFNEP)
(956) 487-2306

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