FCS educators offering online classes for community health and wellness

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February 10, 2021

Since the establishment of Extension services in 1914, agents have provided science-based education in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). The knowledge and advice FCS agents deliver to their communities include practical home economics, nutrition, health, and financial wellness -- all topics of considerable importance during the current stay-at-home order, and for anyone trying to maintain a healthy, secure lifestyle in today’s society.

The University of Maryland Extension FCS team has quickly pivoted programming to online formats to help families across the state maintain their finances, well-being, and levels of stress during these uncertain times. We’re pleased to share some of the great programming we are offering virtually across Maryland.

Home Food Preservation, on Facebook Live - With current concerns over food supply and growing at home, safe food preservation is an important aspect for nutrition and health. Dhruti Patel, Wicomico Co., will host Facebook classes on safe food preservation techniques, live on the UME Lower Eastern Shore Facebook page

Home Food Preservation, Webinars - Look for additional free webinars on food preservation (canning, drying & freezing on the UME Calendar) during the months of June and July

Capture the Flavor: Herbs and Spices Join us in a free webinar as we 'Capture the Flavor' and discuss the health benefits, culinary uses, history, safety and storage practices for herbs and spices during the months of June and July

Midday Pick Me Up - Beverly Jackey, Queen Anne’s Co. and Erin Jewell, St. Mary’s Co. are partnering with the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to present a light-hearted talk show from 1:30-2:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, covering topics such as grocery shopping during quarantine and natural immune boosters. Interested participants can register at https://bit.ly/UMELBPHTalkshow.

Miss Tammy’s Tuesday Tips - In Garrett Co., Tammy Humberson is sharing tips on YouTube, helping people stay active and healthy at home. Miss Tammy’s Tuesday Tips and numerous other educational videos on topics including youth development, home gardening, and managing personal finances, can be found on the UME Western Maryland YouTube channel.

Farm Stress Management - Jeanette Jeffery in Prince George’s Co. created a webinar on farm stress focusing on unique stressors encountered by farmers, signs and symptoms of stress, and community resources available related to stress, depression and suicide. The Farm Stress Management website provides extensive resources on stress and financial management, and legal information as well. 

Breathing Room Blog - Science-based articles highlight wellness topics from our FCS education team covering personal, home and financial health. Breathing Room offers practical tips and advice for creating a healthy home environment, good personal habits, and maintaining personal finances, and new articles are added weekly.

Financial Resources - The FCS financial team has put together several resources for families dealing with the impact of coronavirus. From smart money management to the best uses of your stimulus check, the UME website houses numerous articles, tips and factsheets on managing your finances during times of crisis