Promoting Healthy Families, Schools, and Communities

Family & Community Health Sciences’ (FCHS) goal is to provide education and to promote health and wellness throughout Somerset County.  

FCHS focus areas are: Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity & Health, Food Safety, Chronic Disease Prevention, School Wellness & Early Care Education and Workforce Wellness. Through leadership, collaboration and science-based education, FCHS fosters a culture of wellness for all ages.

FCHS offers presentations & workshops, school programs, web-based information, fact sheets and newsletters. Take a look at all FCHS has to offer and contact us today to schedule a program for your group, association or workplace. Or, call us to discuss your specific needs and we'll customize a program for you! Enjoy life, stay active, and reduce health care costs by improving your health today! Download the FCHS 2017 Impact Report.

For more inform regarding all FCHS has to offer, download our FCHS Flyer.

Grow Healthy with FCHS - School Wellness (Pre-K – 12):

Worksite Wellness & Programs for Organizations:

Healthy Lifestyle Tips & Tricks:

Healthy Meal Planning: Menu planning can create a stress free cooking experience for you and a much more nutritious and delicious dining experience for your family. Watch this presentation for some simple tips: prezi.com/higt10ieqala/healthy-meal-planning/.

Mason Jar Meals: What if there was an easy, no fuss way to grab breakfast and lunch on the go? A way where you don’t need to count calories, worry about portions, or look at nutrition facts. A way to just enjoy your food and not have to worry. Watch this presentation for some history, tips & tricks: prezi.com/gonbzfpajucd/mason-jar-meals/ .

Slow Cooker Meals: When busy weeks are on the horizon, or when it's hot outside and you don't want to use the oven the very best thing you can do for yourself is to work a slow cooker dinner or two into your meal plan. Watch this presentation for some simple hands free way to cook: prezi.com/pzca2l0frkav/slow-cooker-meals/.

Download our Gazpacho Recipe that we made and served at this year's Rutgers Tomato Tasting Day at Synder Farm.

Upcoming Workshops:

Fast Fall Family Meal Workshop:

As the Fall season is upon us, many want to embrace the cooler weather with cozy and healthy meals, but who has the time!  Family & Community Health Sciences (FCHS) invites you to attend its Fast Fall Family Meal Workshop on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:30 pm-8:30 pm or Thursday, November 8th at 11 am -1 pm at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office, 310 Milltown Road in Bridgewater. 

Get healthy meals on the table fast using your oven and stove with these techniques – sheet pan roasting, meal packets, and skillet cooking.  During the workshop attendees will review the nutritional benefits of fall veggies and other foods, talk about easy sides for the meals and make a quick dessert.  There will be demonstrations and tastings. Tentative recipes will be one pan balsamic chicken & fall veggies; seafood – veggie packets; coconut rice; curried skillet chicken & veggies.

Register for this workshop by Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Cost is $10 per person.  Pre-registration is required.  Space is limited!  To register, email lconley@co.somerset.nj.us or register online at goo.gl/wBrR6D.  Payment must be in advance and sent to Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office.  For more information call 908-526-6295. Click here for the flyer.

Canning in Glass Jars: (Cranberry Sauce) Workshop
If you haven’t canned for a while or have never canned before, Family & Community Health Sciences (FCHS) invites you to attend its Home Preservation: Canning in Glass Jars: (Cranberry Sauce) Workshop on Thursday, November 15th at 6:30 pm-8:30 pm or Friday, November 16th at 10 am -11:30 pm at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office, 310 Milltown Road in Bridgewater. 

Learn the basics of home canning in jars – safety, equipment selection and procedures.  Participants will make and can cranberry sauce.  Bring a small box (about 4 inches by 4 inches or larger) to bring home the hot jar.

Register for this workshop by Wednesday, November 1, 2018. Cost is $5 per person.  Pre-registration is required.  Space is limited!  To register, email lconley@co.somerset.nj.us or register online at goo.gl/sjk8DP.  Payment must be in advance and sent to Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office.  For more information call 908-526-6295. Click here for the flyer.

 


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