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!


How much tukey should I buy? Should I buy fresh or frozen? Where can I find a fresh turkey in NJ? FCHS has anwsers to your Thanksgiving food safety questions, right here!


Dine In with Your Family on December 3, 2017

Join other families across the country as they “Dine In” on Sunday, December 3rd in celebration of home prepared meals and Family and Consumer Sciences Day.  Families that eat together at home not only eat better but they eat more vegetables, enjoy more family conversations, and reduce the risk of substance abuse in teens.  To encourage more family meals, Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS), a part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, joins with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) in promoting “Dining In for Healthy Families”.  FCHS encourages families to take the pledge to eat together on December 3rd at and get links to social media. 

“Families that eat together share more than food,” stated Ms. Daryl Minch, FCHS Educator for Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Somerset County.  “They talk to each other, share experiences and values.  Research shows that family meals are protective against depressive symptoms in youth and may reduce drug and alcohol use in teens.  It also increases communication and can strengthen family relationships.”   Family meals can be simple – veggies, baked chicken breasts with tomato sauce, and rice and beans.  Children who help prepare the meal are also more likely to eat it.  Ask everyone to put away their cellphones and other devices during the meal.  For more information on FCHS programs including cooking ideas, visit http://somerset.


Upcoming Workshops & Seminars:

  • None at the moment.

NEW Food Preservation Webpage:

Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) wants everyone to produce safe and great tasting products. That is why we have created our NEW Food Preservation webpage!

Home Preservation is fun! To learn more, visit:

Gardener News is spreading FCHS Master Preservers' passion: (page 6)


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

Worksite Wellness & Programs for Organizations:

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Coming Soon!


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2017 Tomato Day Gazpacho Recipe


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