Family and Consumer Sciences in Wicomico County

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.

Food and Nutrition

The Lower Shore County Family and Consumer Science Extension educators offer research-based, practical information for consumers, community groups, and business audiences. Most of these programs have little or no fee.

The educators offer programs; educational seminars; technical assistance and are available to answer questions in the following areas:

Nutrition

Physical Activity

Food Safety and Food Preservation

Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE)

For more information about Family and Consumer Science programs, contact Dhruti Patel at dhrutip@umd.edu or call 410-749-6141ext.104

Health & Wellness

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a challenge in our busy world. The University of Maryland Extension offers community outreach programs that help youth, individuals, and families make informed decisions about their health, housing and overall well-being.

Local UME educators offer programs and resources in the following areas:

Insuring Your Health

Programs and resources that increase the capacity of Marylanders to get health information, and understand and use it with confidence to lower the risk of poor health. In response to the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, UME is spearheading a health insurance initiative to educate consumers to make informed decisions about health insurance.

For more information about UME's Health Insurance Literacy Program, click here.

Growing Healthy Kids (Youth Safety)

The 4-H Youth Development ‘s preventative health and safety programs provide youth with a better understanding on how their choices can help themselves and their families. Youth and the adults that work with them learn safe practices in the home, farm and outdoors and how to make informed health and life choices. 4-H educators also disseminate information at health fairs, home and garden shows, Safe Kids Days, County fairs, back to school nights, community programs and University of Maryland sponsored events such as Maryland Day and Ag Day.

For more information on the Maryland 4-H Youth Development Program click here. For information on local 4-H programs that focus on health and wellness, contact your county Extension office.

Money

Finance programming includes adult education on the elements of and family communications about personal and farm estate planning and on many basic personal finance topics such as budgeting, spending wisely, setting and working toward financial goals such as home ownership or retirement, avoiding fraud, protecting oneself from identity theft, repairing damaged credit, and numerous consumer rights and consumer advocacy issues.

Additionally, youth oriented programming is offered throughout the region in school-based assemblies that teach the importance of making saving money a habit and planning financially for the future. Students in grades PreK through 12, their teachers and their families are learning every day how to incorporate smart money lessons in the classroom and in their homes. For more information, please read this peer-reviewed publication, or you may contact us for further information.