Anne Arundel County Family and Consumer Sciences Program

The University of Maryland Extension Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) program strives to ensure that all Maryland residents are healthy and economically successful at every stage of life through education, research, and outreach programs. We accomplish this by working with youth and families to prevent and manage chronic diseases through healthy food and physical activity choices, handling food safely, teaching financial and health insurance literacy, and creating safe and healthy places to live, work, play, and learn.

Program Offering

  • Healthy Eating

    DASH+ Program for Older Adults

  • Dining with Diabetes

    Dining with Diabetes

  • FP AA county

    Home Food preservation

  • FC- Anne Arundel county

    Fresh Conversations for Older Adults

  • Snap-Ed

    SNAP-Ed

Mindfulness Programs

The program utilizes evidence-based information on mindfulness approaches to prevent chronic stress and burnout. The direct education programs are geared towards families, professionals, and adults. The program is also offered to specialized groups such as addiction recovery. 

The mindfulness training program provides both in-person and virtual opportunities for agencies, worksites, educators, and other professionals to infuse mindfulness with their clientele. This is not a curriculum but a practical discussion on ways to apply mindfulness in any environment. 

For more information, contact Dhruti Patel at dhrutip@umd.edu or call 410-222-3900. 

Stress Surfing Program

Stress Surfing is three weekly (online or in-person) program that helps adults learn ways to cultivate stress resiliency through practical techniques. 

For more information, contact Dhruti Patel at dhrutip@umd.edu or call 410-222-3900. 

Building Virtual Program That Works!!

This Three part intensive virtual program focuses on providing in-depth information on building virtual program frameworks that can ensure  successful development and implementation of any educational programs for your audience. The program is developed for anyone who engages in virtual program development as a content creator, technology expert, or marketing professional. 

For more information, contact Dhruti Patel at dhrutip@umd.edu or call 410-222-3900. 

Meet Your Local Extension Educators

Dhruti Patel, Senior Agent/Family and Consumer Sciences Educator. email: dhrutip@umd.edu or Call: 410-222-3900. 

Dhruti possesses 13 years of clinical and community nutrition experience in the areas of nutrition, wellness, mindfulness, stress, virtual program development, and food preservation. 

Latasha Coleman, Principle Agent Associate/SNAP-Ed Educator. Email: lcolema4@umd.edu or call: 410-222-3900.

Latasha possesses 17 years of extensive community nutrition education experience with the Maryland SNAP-Ed program. As a SNAP-Ed Educator, she implements federally funded nutrition programs to help low-income individuals and families make healthy food choices, develop food preparation skills, handle food safely, improve shopping skills and increase their physical activity.