Family & Community Health

Step Up Scale Down is a 12-week online weight loss and wellness program. It promotes healthy weight loss and lifestyle habits based on USDA guidelines and scientific research to promote health and reduce your risk for chronic disease. Each week focuses on a different topic related to nutrition, healthy eating, exercise, and more to support you in your weight loss journey. Topics covered in this program include: Setting realistic and healthy goals How to calculate calorie needs for weight loss to reach a healthy weight Why fad diets are not recommended Portion sizes for adults How to read nutrition labels and identify food claims Meal planning for weight loss and weight management Motivation to workout and exercise Signs and symptoms of dehydration Healthy snacks for weight loss Fruits and vegetables to consume for a healthy diet How to eat healthy while socializing at work, restaurants and parties What are normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels Rewards for weight loss milestones and success

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Family and Community Health

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programs offer research based and practical information for families and individuals on financial management, strengthening family relationships, life skills, housing/home environment, nutrition & wellness.


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.

Upcoming Programs




Health, and Wellness


Food Safety

Each year, millions of Americans suffer—and thousands die—from foodborne illnesses.  This is a preventable problem that is damaging to both individuals and the economy, but many of these illnesses can be prevented.  This program provides technical and educational information to limited resource families and individuals to help them understand the importance of food safety. Additionally, it heightens awareness of the relationship between basic sanitation practices when handling food reduces waste, conserve nutrients and prevent foodborne illness.

Major programs offered:

  • Avoid Foodborne Illness Program
  • Food Safety Workshops
  • Get The Facts


Food and Nutrition

The prevalence of obesity has increased dramatically in the United States since the mid-1970s. If trends are not reversed, more people will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives.  Others will face chronic obesity-related health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. This program provides research based information on improving diet, exercise and overall health by consuming nutritious fruits and vegetables, while reducing foods that are high in fat and sugars.

Major programs offered:

  • Step Up and Scale Down Program
  • Balanced Living
  • Media Smart
  • Diabetes Education
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Smart Moves


Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.  A healthy diet is the foundation for overall health and well-being.  Making informed food choices, in addition to being physically active, can help people attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and promote health.  This program provides technical and educational information to limited resource families and individuals to help them understand the importance of nutrition and diet. Additionally, it heightens awareness of the relationship between high calorie food consumption and lack of exercise to health status.

Major programs offered:

  • A Taste of African Heritage
  • Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness Program
  • Healthy Food Preparation
  • Food Protection Management
  • Food Challenge
  • Let’s Move
  • My Plate
  • Smart Moves



Fostering Strong Families




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