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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 Virginians. 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. We currently have EFNEP staff located in Kanawha, Putnam and McDowell counties.
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, and providing best practices for improving budgeting skills.
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.
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.

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