Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) links agriculture and health to bring innovative food, nutrition and healthy lifestyles programs to Gloucester County residents. We offer a variety of initiatives, workshops, publications and on-line learning opportunities to help individuals and families make choices that improve health. Our programs are research- and outcome-based…and are developed and presented by skilled educators and scientists to help Gloucester County residents stay healthy, enjoy life, be active and reduce health care costs.
FCHS Outreach Focuses On
- Nutrition, Health and Lifestyle
- Food Safety and Food Allergies
- Environmental Health
- Health Finances
- Food, Nutrition and Health Fact Sheets
- Visions Newsletter: Health and wellness at your fingertips
What’s Happening in Gloucester County FCHS?
Initiatives and Programs
- Get Moving, Get Healthy NJ Workforce
- Grow Healthy: Grow Healthy is a school-wide wellness program. School teachers, staff, and administration; children; families; and volunteers all work together to make school a healthier place. There are nutrition lessons in the classroom, school and family fitness events, foodservice trainings, and wellness council support—all of which build healthier kids and families, too.
- Healthy Choices School Enrichment Series: This series of 4–6 interactive lessons supports classroom education. It teaches critical thinking skills, conceptual understanding and uses food and nutrition as tools for real-world application of math, science, literature, social studies, health, and art. Choose from a variety of different topics to make nutrition and wellness come alive for students, grades Pre-K – 2 and 3–8.
- Functional Foods for Life (1MB PDF): A functional food is defined as ‘one that has a potential benefit on health when consumed as part of a varied diet.’ This series of six interactive programs focuses on a variety of functional foods and their specific health benefits. Each program also offers a unique tasting component.
- School Wellness
- Seeds to Success: Gloucester County’s Youth Farmstand Project
- From Our Farms™: Teaching Kids About Food, Nutrition and the Farm
- StoryTime Foods – Nutrition Education for Preschoolers
- Professional Development Programs for Registered Dietitians (RDs) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs)
- Workshops for Consumers