American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


Power of A Silver Award

ASAE President and CEO John Graham, CAE, presents the 2015 Power of A Silver Award to
AAFCS Past President Bev Card, CFCS, for AAFCS' "Dining In" for Healthy Families Campaign.

National Family & Consumer Sciences Day Spotlights
the Importance of Family Mealtime

Event highlights the many benefits to families of “dining in” and resources developed and provided by family and consumer sciences professionals


Alexandria, Va. – November 24, 2015— The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is pleased to announce that Family & Consumer Sciences Day, “Dining In” for Healthy Families, winner of the 2015 ASAE Power of A Silver Award, will again take place on December 3rd in 2015. This national celebration educates families about the importance of preparing healthy meals and “dining in” together. December 3rd was chosen as Family & Consumer Sciences Day to honor AAFCS Founder Ellen Swallow Richards, first female graduate of MIT.

“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. We are proud to lead this important initiative,” said Carolyn W. Jackson, CFCS, AAFCS chief executive officer.

In 2014, AAFCS received more than 100,000 commitments to “Dining In” from every U.S. state, on every continent, and in 17 countries. This year AAFCS has set a goal of 200,000 commitments.

Leading up to and on Family & Consumer Sciences Day, family and consumer sciences professionals use the opportunity to discuss nutrition, healthy food preparation and safety, and the benefits of family mealtime, especially in the areas of well-being, resources, and relationships. Family and consumer sciences professionals work with students in school/university settings and in the community with program participants. They also work in businesses, government agencies, and social service organizations. 

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About the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life to help create healthy and sustainable families. These topics include human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. AAFCS members are located nationwide, and include educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants who develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) 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.

For more information, please contact:
Gwynn Mason
Director of Communications, AAFCS

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