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Extending Knowledge. Nurturing Families

We offer practical information for individuals, families and communities on eating well, managing money, raising children, health literacy and staying active. The primary goal of FCS is to improve the well-being of traditionally underserved families and communities by providing research-based knowledge and principles applicable to their everyday lives.
Diabetes Cooking Schools: Diabetes is a chronic health condition affecting thousands of West Virginias. The WVSU Diabetes Cooking School teaches meal planning and food preparation skills that reduce calories, control carbohydrates, modify fats and increase fiber of familiar food recipes.
Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP): EFNEP is a federally funded educational program designed to assist limited-resource children and families in improving nutritional well-being and health through a series of practical lessons on basic nutrition and healthy lifestyles, resource management and food safety. Adults are taught in small groups. A youth curriculum focuses on providing food and nutrition education to contribute to the personal development of middle-school age youth. This age group is taught during the school day in order to strengthen existing educational standards, in after-school enrichment programs, and summer camps.
Financial Literacy: We are contributing to effective money-saving efforts by providing financial literacy workshops throughout our service area. Initiatives include the Money Management workshop series, providing best practices for improving budgeting skills, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program.
Health Literacy: Our patient-physician communication program, “Can You Repeat That Please?”, teaches participants how to effectively manage their health care visits and includes a comprehensive health history journal to take along. This successful program led to an expanded curriculum targeting a birth-18 audience called “My Growing Gains and Pains.” The program has been successfully administered to a variety of audiences, including a multi-state project targeting military families.
Healthy Relationships: Using the Within My Reach curriculum, based on relevant research and the expertise of leading scholars and providers, this program series will improve the chances that individuals can attain relationship success for themselves and their children.
The HOUSE Program: We offer two nationally unique programs for young adults who have faced challenges growing up, and formerly homeless and battered women who want to begin their college education. The Helping Our Undergraduates Succeed in Education (HOUSE) Program exists to help this audience achieve their goals by providing comprehensive, nurturing transitional housing programs.
Parenting Education: Whether you’re a new parent, an expecting parent or a seasoned pro, our parenting curriculum offers something for the mom and dad at any level of the process. We also offer a program to help prevent teen pregnancy by educating teens on the responsibilities of parenthood. The Baby Think It Over® Program is designed to provide an experience for young adults that simulates the parenting of an infant.
Summer Food Service Program: Good nutrition is essential for effective learning every day, all year long. Learning does not end when schools let out; therefore, neither does the need for well-balanced nutrition. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps children get at least one well-balanced, nutritious meal needed to learn, play and grow through the summer months. We provide free lunches through SFSP to eligible children in low-income housing complexes in Charleston, South Charleston and St. Albans.
WV Geri Olympics: For over 20 years, the West Virginia Geriatric Olympics have proven the vitality and energy of nursing home residents with low-impact athletic events designed to encourage life-long health and fitness. Teams from throughout the state compete at the annual event in Charleston to take home the gold! This successful project has led to international collaboration and the launch of the International Geri Olympics in Prague. A team of U.S. athletes from here in West Virginia have competed in the event. Additionally, smaller events are held throughout the state with a traveling version called Geri Olympics On the Move.

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