Family and Community Health Sciences

Promoting Healthy Families, Schools, and Communities


Family & Community Health Sciences’ (FCHS) goal is to provide education and support 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!


Upcoming Workshops & Seminars:

  • Family & Community Health Sciences (FCHS) is offering a Master Food Preserver Volunteer Training Program (5 weeks): April 20, 27; May 4, 11 & 18, 2017 @ 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Increase your knowledge & skills in food preservation: canning, freezing & drying food and more. For more information, view the flyer (PDF) then download the application (PDF). DEADLINE TO APPLY IS APRIL 7, 2017.
  • Family & Community Health Sciences (FCHS) presents two Home Food Preservation Workshops:

    • Canning Workshop: May 9, 2017, 6:30–9 p.m. Learn safe home food preservation methonds. Participants will make and take home cauliflower pickles.

    • Freezing & Dehydrating Workshop: May 16, 2017, 6:30–9 p.m. Learn to use a food dehydrator to dry herbs, vegetables & fruit. Participants will make a freezer jam and take home a sample.

    Cost per workshop is $15/pp or $25/pp for both workshops. Pre-payment is required. Receipt of payment confirms your spot. Registration is due by Friday, May 5, 2017. Class size is limited.

    Email or call 908-526-6295 to register. Make checks out to "FCHS Advisory Council".

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

Worksite Wellness & Programs for Organizations:

FCHS can prove free or low cost education for employees.  View these opportunities and contact us if your organization is interested:


Volunteer Opportunities:



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