To address community and family pressures, UME will have a focused program to improve the well-being and resiliency of individuals and families. The UME Family and Consumer Sciences program, in alignment with the national FCS program, "strengthens families, farms, communities and the economy by focusing on the human dimensions of food and agriculture: addressing priority issues through scientific research and its application; strategic partnerships; extension education; and the preparation of the next generation of Family and Consumer Sciences professionals." In Maryland, Family and Consumer Sciences includes the areas of insuring your health, fostering healthy and safe environments, growing healthy kids, exploring new approaches to health promotion, health and nutrition, adult financial education, and youth financial education.
Maryland residents will be empowered to make informed health decisions leading to healthy living and better health outcomes. Youth and adults participating in health literacy will expand their ability to: a) get health information, 2) understand and 3) use the information with confidence to lower risk of poor health. Marylanders will increase or improve health through increased consumption of healthy foods and physical activity. Participants in healthy homes interventions will increase their awareness of healthy homes principles and use research-based strategies to improve personal and family health by improving the health of their homes or the homes of their clients. There will be an increase in basic financial literacy and security for the future of Maryland residents, as well as an increase in youth and adults' ability to make both short- and long-term decisions regarding credit, debt and spending. Marylanders will increase home and community food production and adopt sustainable practices.