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Family and Consumer Science


UF/IFAS Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programs provide practical information to motivate and empower individuals and families with the skills needed to adopt and sustain a healthy lifestyle and to achieve financial success. The UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program (FNP) empowers families with limited resources to take control of their health.FNP programs teach people how to eat healthy on a budget and to get physically active in order to reduce the risk of obesity and chronic disease.


Over the years we have all heard advice related to keep our food safe. Some of the advice rings true, while other guidance is wrong. About one in six Americans – 48 million people – will get a foodborne illness this year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The National Center for Home Food Preservation is your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. The Center was established with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) to address food safety concerns for those who practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods.


Nutrition education programs, cooking demonstrations, hands-on cooking courses, grocery store tours, and walking programs for both adults and youth are offered county wide through partner organizations, worksites, and schools. Programming is also provided to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables through school and community gardening projects.