Family and Community Health

Family and Community Health Archives - College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

The Real World

November 26 - Most students and young people are hungry for the type of life experiences that are only achieved through real-world experiences. With this thought in mind, Prairie View A&M University's Extension Agent for the Dallas area, Marvin Young jumps at the opportunity to connect with young people in this manner.  Recently, 45 young [...]

Spice Up Your Thanksgiving with Sorrel Juice

November 19 - It’s that special time of year when we reunite with family and enjoy special feasts. Most families have extraordinary recipes and foods that they prepare for Thanksgiving, some of which are particularly exceptional to their culture. On Prairie View A&M University’s farm, researchers are studying sorrel, a subtropical plant that has potential to [...]

Garden 2 Table 2018 Hits the Mark … Again

May 21, 2018 - South Dallas, Texas is not the most affluent area, but it is characterized as a food desert with poor and ethnic minorities facing barriers to access grocery shopping and limited transportation. Prairie View A&M University’s Cooperative Extension Program county agents recognized a need in serving this population by offering no-cost workshops [...]

Impacting Families through Reading

May 21, 2018 - Educating families about positive parenting practices and healthy family functioning is essential to improving overall child and family health and well-being. Helping the child learn to read and write are positive parenting practices and essential skills that lead to a child's success in school and later life. According to many experts, [...]

A Taste of African Heritage Cooking Series Increases Healthy Habits

May 21, 2018 - According to, Bell County, Texas has approximately 29% of adults that are obese, and 28% are physically inactive. Fifty-six percent of people in Bell County ages 18 to 44 are at risk for obesity (The Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2011-2015). Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 [...]

CAHS Organized Leafy Greens Workshop: From Farm to Table

A team of more than 30 students, research scientists, extension personnel, and faculty members from the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences successfully conducted the Leafy Greens Workshop: From Farm to Table on Thursday, February 15, 2018. This was an opportunity to showcase the land-grant program in action through the research activities of students working [...]

Heroes for Health

A key component of active Extension work is a  committee identifying local issues and assisting with a plan of action to address them. The Maverick County Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) committee identified obesity and diet-related diseases as a chronic issue in the county. Current statistical data revealed 65.9% of adults in Texas are considered [...]

Burning Up The Kitchen

There is nothing more annoying than to have a roommate who can not cook. You know why? Because typically those that can not cook always burn pots, pans, and food at every attempt. So, raise your virtual hand if you live with someone who needs help in the kitchen! This article is for you. For [...]

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

  The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is currently implemented by Prairie View A&M University – Cooperative Extension Program in Fort Bend, Harris and Starr counties.  EFNEP focuses on working with very limited resource families with children [...]

Basil and Happiness

My new favorite herb to use is fresh basil leaves. I was roaming through Pinterest, a social media platform, a few weeks ago looking for an easy and healthy recipe to prepare for my lazy Saturday afternoon. I came across a fantastic recipe that included fresh basil. I typically use dry basil, even when the [...]

Inclement Weather Alert 9-20-2019

Due to inclement weather, the main campus and the northwest Houston center will delay opening until 10 a.m. The safety of our faculty, staff and students is of the utmost concern, please exercise caution as you make your way to campus. The College of Nursing, Medical center campus will remain closed today.