Raising Kids, Eating Right, Spending Smart, Living Well — that’s the theme of National Living Well Month. Officially passed in 2005 by the U.S. Senate, Living Well is sponsored by the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The purpose of the week is to help people become aware of the educational programs and resources that are available through the Extension office to improve the quality of life.
Whether you are looking for the latest information in nutrition, food safety, money management, consumer rights or helping children learn, the local Extension office has the answer. The University Extension System has long provided researched-based information through classes, fact sheets, websites and mass media.
Extension home economics education began in the early 1900’s along with agriculture as a community outreach of the land grant university system. In the early years, home demonstration agents provided training in canning, sewing, meal planning and home management to adults in clubs organized throughout the county. Youth learned these life skills through 4-H clubs. The goal was to teach people to maximize their resources to improve the quality of life for their families.
Today, we continue to teach and help resolve consumer issues. Each county program varies according to the needs identified by local advisory boards. Educational efforts in family and consumer science programs certify safe food handlers and child care providers; as well as teach classes and workshops in home buying, nutrition, diabetes, money management, pre-marriage education and parenting. Programs for youth teach healthy living, money management and consumer skills.
Madison County Extension is part of the University of Florida/ IFAS Extension Service, we are educating individuals and families to build a lifestyle that is healthful, nurturing and economically stable. For more information on Living Well, contact the Madison County Extension Service.
The University of Florida Extension/IFAS/Madison County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin.