American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)



Family & Consumer Sciences 7th Grade Students

Carl Sandburg Middle School (CSMS) seventh-grade family and consumer sciences (FCS) students
prepared colorful quesadillas for Family & Consumer Sciences Day. AAFCS Member and
FCS Teacher Heather Jones, CFCS, heads the FCS Department at CSMS,
which has seen an increase in enrollment and has a waiting list for FCS classes.
L to R: Manar Mousa, Mrs. Ruth Woods (Assistant Principal), Madison Kimberlin, Riley Demmel,
Claire Davidson, Yasir Khan, and Joshua Ward


Thousands “Dine In” Around the World to Celebrate
First Annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day

Alexandria, Va. - December 15, 2014–On December 3, 2014, more than 100,000 people from all 50 states, all seven continents, and 17 countries participated in the first annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day’s campaign, “Dining In” for Healthy Families —the national celebration that educates families about the importance of preparing healthy meals and “Dining In” together. December 3rd was chosen to honor family and consumer sciences pioneer and American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) founder Ellen Swallow Richards’ birthday.

“With the high rate of obesity in this country, especially among children, “Dining In” for Healthy Families calls attention to a simple action that families can take to become healthier—prepare and eat a nutritious meal together. We were proud to lead this important campaign,” said Carolyn W. Jackson, CFCS, AAFCS executive director.

On December 3rd, AAFCS broadcasted live interviews with Dr. Barbara O’Neill, CFCS, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, who discussed the financial impact of “Dining In”; Dr. Brian Wansink, Cornell Food and Brand Lab, who provided healthy eating strategies from his new book Slim by Design; Dr. Ingrid Adams, University of Kentucky, who talked about the benefits to children of “Dining In”; and Dr. Barbara Fiese, University of Illinois Family Resiliency Center, who shared how to build family relationships during family mealtime.  Other Family & Consumer Sciences Day segments supported the “Dining In” theme and highlighted the work of the Family & Consumer Sciences Alliance’s Next Generation movement.  And there were even guest appearances by Ellen Richards (played by Joyce Miles, family and consumer sciences professional)! All archived segments are posted on the AAFCS YouTube channel.

In addition to “Dining In” on December 3rd, secondary schools, universities, Extension offices, and businesses celebrated Family & Consumer Sciences Day by presenting food preparation education programs and workshops; distributing family meal information and recipes; holding food drives for families in need; and participating in FCCLA@TheTable.

Family & Consumer Sciences Day was sponsored by Nasco Family & Consumer Sciences, The Sugar Association, and Delcor Technology Solutions.


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.

About the 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, family and consumer scientists help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. These professionals are uniquely qualified to address 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
AAFCS Director of Communications

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