Family & Consumer Sciences

Family & Consumer Sciences

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Family & Consumer Sciences

FCS Extension programs aim to improve the quality of individual and family life through education, research, and outreach.

What is Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS)?

FCS stands for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension. FCS programming focus on building assets of individuals and families to address problems faced across the lifespan. Family and Consumer Sciences Extension emphasize well-being with a focus on human development, parenting, resource management, nutrition, health, and leadership development.

At the community level, FCS Extension prepares individuals for community and economic development and activity. Professionals in Family and Consumer Sciences Extension provide the tools to help individuals and families to develop resources for strengthening families and building community for an ever-changing society.

Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Family and Consumer Sciences Extension encourages families to make proactive choices to improve individual  health and well-being, whether choosing a low-fat, nutritious diet, increasing health literacy for chronic disease prevention, or participating in regular physical activity

Nurturing Families

Family and Consumer Sciences Extension focuses on individual and family development by promoting effective communication, understanding developmental ages and stages, appreciating individual and cultural differences, developing a strong value system, making wise decisions, and encouraging a supportive environment

Embracing Life as You Age

Throughout all life stages, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the changes that accompany aging. Family and Consumer Sciences Extension help individuals, families, and communities manage the challenges and discover the positive aspects of life transitions and growing older.

Securing Financial Stability

In the current economy, financial stability is important. That stability rests with families securing and managing their basic human needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Increasing buying power with wise consumer decision-making, avoiding pitfalls of overextended credit, developing saving habits, and managing financial risks are topics taught by Family and Consumer Sciences Extension. 

Promoting Healthy Homes and Communities

Through Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, individuals improve safety in their homes and decrease their environmental footprint. Community efforts are designed to promote healthy lifestyles throughout the lifespan. 

Accessing Nutritious Food 

Family and Consumer Sciences Extension helps families gain access to food and to stretch food dollars; communities to decrease hunger, and local food assistance programs to educate recipients on healthy and safe food preparation methods. Family and Consumer Sciences agents are pivotal in training consumers and producers to maximize local access to farm-to-table food products.

Empowering Community Leaders

Building the capacity of volunteer leaders is critical for the sustainability of communities that support and strengthen families. Family and Consumer Sciences Extension are committed to engaging, educating, and empowering local citizens to investigate issues, make responsible decisions, and take ownership of solutions.

Plan. Eat. Move.

Feeling better happens one small step at a time. A step here, a step there, and soon you’ll be eating well, planning good meals, and moving more. Most of all, you’ll be feeling good. So take a look at some of our useful tips and maybe even take a free class for free tips. You can do it! Small steps make a world of difference.

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Family & Consumer Science Newsletter

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Hopkins County Homemakers are a part of the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA), which is a volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for families and communities through leadership development, volunteer service, and education.

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Amanda Dame

Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Science

(270) 821-3650 Hopkins County Extension Office 75 Cornwall Drive, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431-8780


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