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.

Current Plan of Work Programs

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. View Current Plan of Work

Major programs offered:

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

Nutrition and 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. View Current Plan of Work

Major programs offered:

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. View Current Plan of Work

Major programs offered:

  • How to Avoid Foodborne Illnesses
  • Food Safety Workshops
  • Food Protection Management
  • Healthy Food Preparation

Parenting

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. View Current Plan of Work

Major programs offered:

  • Bullying Programs
  • Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action
  • Active Parenting: Cooperative Parenting and Divorce
  • Active Parenting:  The Grief Recovery Method
  • Child Care Conference
  • Families Reading Every Day (F.R.E.D.) Program

Financial/Money Management

This program provides educational and technical information to families thus empowering family systems and family resiliency using information that will develop an understanding of how individuals and families obtain and use resources of time and money as well as community resources to achieve their standard of living and overall quality of life. View Current Plan of Work

Major programs offered:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Power Camp
  • Money Matters Workshops
  • Welcome to the Real World
  • Survive and Thrive and Winning Cooperation
  • Savvy Saving Seniors

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