Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS)
Dedicated to Strengthening Families through Education The Orange County/UF Extension Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) programs provide solutions for your life. Whether you need help solving problems related to nutrition, food safety, food preservation and storage, wellness, financial management, consumer education, hurricane preparedness, mold and mildew prevention, maintaining a healthy home, or parenting – Extension Family & Consumer Sciences’ professionals can help. Extension agents provide information and programs that link research, knowledge and technology to help you solve problems.
Preparing healthy food for our families and keeping food safe is the basis for all food and nutrition programs. Eating right can prevent chronic disease, can stop the progression of disease and help overall well-being. People can learn to keep food safe through basic consumer programs, Safe Staff™ or ServSafe™ certification. Extension serves as the expert in food preservation and assists with decreasing food waste.
Maintaining a stable healthy home environment and gaining financial confidence and independence are important to our overall good health and well-being. Our research based educational programs can help you find resources and learn how to achieve these goals. We are here to help with the important elements of home ownership and money management.
Physical Inactivity can lead to many health problems such as obesity which is known to cause many chronic diseases. Extension educational programs are designed to motivate and support healthy lifestyles among residents, on the importance of increasing physical activity to lower short and long term health risks, and to improve our personal health and well being by eating right and keeping food safe.