Staying healthy, eating right, being active, raising healthy families, enjoying life!
The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) helps people meet these goals. Studies have shown that many of today’s chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and cancer can be prevented through lifestyles which include good nutrition and regular physical activity. Through research-based programming, FCHS can provide practical tips and advice to help people of all ages live healthier and happier lives!
Power outages and flooding can create unsafe conditions pertaining to food and drinking water. Here are some good resources from the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) to help keep you safe:
For General Information about food storage at home, refer to this Cooperative Extension fact sheet:
THE GARDEN SPOT
Spring has finally sprung in New Jersey! This marks the time to start planting your home garden. Planting a garden is a great family activity. Each family member can have their own job, whether it is planting the seeds, watering, or harvesting. Involving the whole family makes gardening fun and helps teach your children the importance of eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. It also encourages a lifestyle of physical activity, using different muscle groups, and burning calories. Adding fruits and vegetables of different colors to your plate each day will make your meals look good, and taste good as well! Knowing that your children helped grow what they are eating can encourage them to try foods that they may have never been willing to eat before. For more information about eating fruits and vegetables, click here.
Try some tasty recipe ideas for using some of the produce grown in your home garden.
FOOD, NUTRITION AND HEALTH PUBLICATIONS
PROGRAMS AVAILABLE FROM FCHS
FCHS provides educational programs for schools, work site groups, and community organizations. Most programs are offered free or at a nominal charge, and can be conducted at your facility or at our Route 31 location. All programs are dependent upon minimum enrollment.
For more information or to schedule a program, please call 908-788-1342.
CURRENT PROGRAMS AVAILABLE:
Nutrition, Health, and Wellness for People of All Ages:
- Label Reading for Better Health
- Steps to Stronger Bones with Good Nutrition
- Why Can’t I Lose Weight?: Understanding Energy Balance
- Eating for One: How to Eat Smarter When Eating Solo
- Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart
- For More Information:
School and Child Wellness
- School and Community Garden-based Nutrition Education
- Preventing Childhood Obesity: Healthy Eating for Young Children
- The Modern Family’s Dilemma: How to Eat Healthy and Be More Active in a Supersized and Sedentary World
- School Wellness: What’s It All About?
- Nutrition Education in the Classroom
- For More Information:
- Eat Safely, Eat Well! How to Avoid Food-borne Illness
- Safe Food Preservation
Diabetes Prevention and Management
Nothing at this time.
Check out these links for some delicious and healthy recipe suggestions:
For more healthy recipes, visit the site of the American Institute for Cancer Research: www.aicr.org/site/PageServer?pagename=reduce_diet_recipes_test_kitchen