Cooperative Extension Service Departments
Family and Consumer Sciences Programming
The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service educates Arkansans
in the areas of agriculture, environmental stewardship, community economic
development and family and consumer sciences. Extension values and promotes
principles of citizen and community involvement, scientifically-based education,
life-long learning and volunteerism.
The Family and Consumer Sciences program of the University of Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service is directed toward helping people acquire
research-based information and decision-making skills so they can provide for
the economic security and enhance the quality of life of their families. The
anticipated outcome, or program benefits, for persons involved in Extension
Family and Consumer Sciences educational programs include:
- Improved health and well-being
- Increased income
- Stronger families
- Achievement of individual potential
Educational programs planned, implemented and evaluated by Extension Family
and Consumer Sciences provide support to both Extension base programs and to
current issues facing Arkansans. Broad general goals of the Extension Family and
Consumer Sciences Program and the expected program benefits to clientele
foremost in the thinking of Extension faculty as they plan, implement, evaluate
and report specific projects and activities include:
- Family economics, resource management and consumer education
programs assist families in maintaining economic stability and security,
managing human and material resources and increasing consumer proficiency.
- Health education programs motivate individuals and families to
improve disease prevention and health promotion skills in order to maintain and
improve individual and community health.
- Food and Nutrition programs help individuals and families achieve
good health by improving the nutritional adequacy of familiesí diets,
improving the quality and safety of home food supply, and selecting and
buying food for the best use of resources.
- Family life programs assist individuals and families in developing
their human potential and provide a means for improving child care, parenting,
elder care, and communication skills to attain a satisfying life for all
- Leadership programs assist individuals in developing abilities to
strength families and communities through committee work, leader training,
officer training, involvement in community projects and shaping public
policy impacting families.