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.

89th Annual Living Well Day is May 2

     The 89th Living Well Day on May 2, will feature speakers on healthy living. Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) invites the public to this annual event at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office located at 310 Milltown Road in Bridgewater. Guests start the day at 9am with light refreshments and the speakers begin at 9:30am with talks on how to reduce food waste and maximize your food budget, using simple moves to improve your posture and balance, and to keep the treasures and reduce the rest (clutter).   The event costs $20 by April 17 ($25 after 4/20), and includes morning refreshments, hot lunch and door prizes. To register, visit or call 908-526-6295. “Living well is about making choices in our daily lives,” said Daryl Minch, FCHS Educator of Somerset County. 

FCHS promotes healthy families, schools and communities. FCHS provides classes, information, training and support in food, nutrition, and health; food preservation; and food safety. FCHS is a part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County. Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.

FCHS will accept canned or packaged food donations for Somerset County's Buy One, Bring One (BOBO) and Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH). Click here for the flyer.

Home Food Preservation: Canning in Glass Jars

May 15, 2018 at 1:00 3:30pm or 6:30-9:00 pm

at the RCE Office in Bridgewater

Learn safe home canning methods for jams, fruit, vegetables and pickles.  Participants will make pickled green beans & take home a jar. Register by Monday, May 7, 2018. To register, email  or online. Fee: $10 per person. Download the flyer.

Home Food Preservation: Freezing & Dehydrating

May 29, 2018 at 1:00-3:30pm or 6:30-9:00 pm

at the RCE Office in Bridgewater

Learn safe and easy freezing methods for vegetables & fruit and how to dehydrate herbs, vegetables and fruit, including using a food dehydrator. Participants will make freezer jam and take home a jar.  Register by Monday, May 21, 2018. To register, email or online at Fee: $10 per person. Download the flyer.


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