Family and Consumer Sciences


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The 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.

Programs

The family is one major social support network that our clientele use to cope with economic and societal pressures. Extension agents conduct short courses and small group sessions at community centers and work sites to address topics including school readiness, healthy children, grandparenting, and stable nurturing families.

In financial management workshops, adults, college students and teens learn how to use credit cards wisely, establish a budget, balance a checkbook, and prepare their own taxes.

We provide nutrition education programs in Bell, Bexar, Collin, Dallas, Nueces, Falls, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Maverick, Travis, Waller, Washington, Webb and Wharton counties. counties. Emphasis is placed on choosing healthy foods and ingredients to prepare nutritious and tasty dishes, while also incorporating regular physical fitness into the clients’ weekly routines. We also participate in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) from USDA. The program teaches participants to eat healthier for less money and promotes physical education.

Food safety educational programs encourage utilization of recommended practices that will reduce risk of foodborne illnesses. Our clients learn about the proper methods of food handling and storage and also attend food preservation workshops.

To combat the alarming rate of diabetes and its toll on the minority population in Texas, Family and Consumer Sciences specialists and agents conduct diabetes education awareness classes for adults to help them understand how to prevent and control this disease.

Face-to-face and cyber bullying are topics that are in the news constantly. We address the bullying issue with parents and youth to help them understand what causes this behavior.

Staff

Headquarters

Jacquelyn White Ed.D. – Program Leader for Family and Consumer Sciences
Danielle Hairston-Green – Program Specialist
Sabrina Simon – Program Specialist
Elaine Freeney – Project Coordinator, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

College of Nursing

Dawn Burton – Health Coordinator

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