Extension educators from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension celebrate Family & Consumer Sciences Day

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Dec. 3 marks the second annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day — the national celebration that educates families about the importance of preparing healthy meals and “dining in” together.

Why family dinners? Only one third of U.S. families eat dinner together most nights. Sitting down at the table together is still one of the best ways for families to grow and stay connected. The family dinner should be a relaxing, pleasurable occasion, involving everyone.

Research indicates that family meals together can help youth avoid risky behaviors. Family dinners don’t have to be in the evening. Instead choose lunch or breakfast time if this is more convenient, especially on week-ends.

Family & Consumer Sciences Day calls attention to something simple families can do to be physically, mentally, and financially healthier — prepare and eat a nutritious meal together. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is proud to support this important initiative.

The second annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day, launched by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), has set a goal of 200,000 commitments, which is doubling the 2014 “Dining In” commitments received. December 3rd was chosen as Family & Consumer Sciences Day to honor AAFCS Founder Ellen Swallow Richards, first female graduate of MIT.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and consumer sciences draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers. Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers. They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

Log on to www.aafcs.org/FCSday to commit to “dining in” by preparing a healthy meal with your family on December 3. Take a photo of your family preparing a healthy meal and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #FCSday and #healthfamselfie.