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Family & Community Health Sciences
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Family & Community Health Sciences

ABOUT FAMILY & COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES

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!

Click here to watch our promotional video (YouTube version)

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CONTACT

Alexandra Grenci, MS, RD, LDN, CDE

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County
Family and Community Health Sciences Educator  BIO
Mailing Address:
PO Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
Physical Address:
314 Route 12 County Complex, Building #2
PO Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822
Phone: 908.788.1342
Email: Alexandra Grenci, Family and Community Sciences Educator

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FCHS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

 

FCHS Announces a Healthy Lifestyles Monthy Support GroupAn Apple a Day - Healthy Lifestyles Supprot Group
AN APPLE A DAY

Do you ‘resolve’ to be healthier in the New Year? Do you struggle to maintain healthy eating and regular physical activity despite the best of intentions? Do you need a bit of motivation to help you overcome day to day barriers such as stress, work, and family?

You are invited to An Apple a Day, a free, monthly support group, where you can share successes and overcome challenges with adults with similar interests. Get resources and support to make healthier choices and achieve your wellness goals!  

The sessions will be facilitated by Sandra Grenci, FCHS Educator and experienced Registered Dietitian, all are welcome!

2018 AN APPLE A DAY Meeting Schedule

Contact Sandra at: grenci@njaes.rutgers.edu or 908-788-1342 for additional meeting information

AN APPLE A DAY - Topics and Materials

 

DIABETES SUPOORT GROUPS AVAILABLE:Diabetes Support Group

Do you have diabetes or pre-diabetes and need help in doing all of the things you need to do to improve your health? FCHS is offering free, ongoing discussion groups where you can talk to other people with similar health concerns, as well as learn more about managing your health. Groups meet one day each month at Flemington and Clinton locations.

FCHS Announces the 2018 Schedule of Diabetes Support Group Meetings:

Click here for the Flemington meeting dates and click here for Clinton meeting dates.

What Can a Diabetes Support Group Mean to You?

NEW! Watch a video about the Hunterdon County Diabetes Support Group or click here to view...

NEW! Coming soon in 2018, look for a new Diabetes Support Group location in Lambertville!

Storm ReadySTORM READY:

Power outages and flooding can create unsafe conditions pertaining to food and drinking water. Here are some good resources from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help keep you safe:

For General Information about food storage at home, refer to this Cooperative Extension fact sheet:

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DISCUSSION DEN:

Healthy Eating PaternsMindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Classes Available.

Please contact Sandra Grenci, FCHS Educator at 908-788-1342 or grenci@njaes.rutgers.edu

Mind Your Mind for Healthier Eating

Have you ever eaten when you were not hungry? Eaten in front of a screen such as a TV or computer without being aware of your meal? Have you ever over-eaten due to an emotional state such as excitement or stress? All of these are examples of “mindless eating”. But what does it mean to be mindful when we eat?

Mindfulness is a conscious awareness focusing on the present moment and state of the mind, body, and soul. Why is it important it be mindful when we eat? Mindfulness allows us to listen to our body’s hunger and fullness cues, to taste and truly enjoy our food, create a sense of balance, and develop wisdom about ourselves and our eating behaviors. Mindful eating can help control cravings, prevent overeating, and aid in properly nourishing our bodies.

Mindful eating isn’t something that happens over a day or two. It takes time, practice and effort. However, with enough determination, mindful eating can become second nature; an everyday occurrence at every meal. The art of mindfulness can positively alter not only eating habits, but other aspects in life such as stress management.

CLICK HERE to uncover some tips for beginning your path towards a more mindful eating approach and lifestyle.

CLICK HERE here for a sample mindfulness mediation, (courtesy of Jean Kristeller and www.mb-eat.com)

ARCHIVED RECIPIES:

Archived Recipes

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MORE ABOUT FCHS PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:

FCHS provides customized, educational programs for schools, work site groups, and community organization. Most programs are offered free or at a nominal charge, and can be conducted at your site or at our Route 12 location. Minimum enrollment may apply.

For more information or to schedule a program, please call 908-788-1342.

POPULAR PROGRAM TOPICS:

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  • Does your school have an “unproductive” school garden that could be transformed as a valuable health/wellness teaching tool? Is your school’s wellness program less than “robust”? Grow Healthy can help your school meet its wellness goals!

    What is Grow Healthy?

Programs for Schools, Children and Families

Programs for Older Adults

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