American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


Family and Consumer Sciences Experts
Share New Strategies and Research on Creating Healthy and Sustainable Families

(Alexandria, Va. – July 21, 2014) — During the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) 105th Annual Conference, Global Gateway to Healthy and Sustainable Families, in St. Louis, Mo., June 25 - 28, 2014, experts in sustainable practices, health and nutrition, social media, apparel and textiles, housing, and other areas of family and consumer sciences (FCS) presented strategies to help individuals, families, and communities promote sustainable practices to help improve their quality of life.  Attendees participated in numerous activities and honored outstanding members, students, and FCS organizations at special events, such as the Teacher of the Year Award Luncheon, sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox Publisher.

More than 750 professionals and students in FCS and allied fields from across the U.S. convened at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch for the AAFCS 105th conference.  The meeting featured well-known experts and a range of educational sessions on theme-related topics, from using social media safely and efficiently to trends in families around the world.

Dr. Geraldene B. Hodelin, professor at the University of Technology Jamaica and IFHE immediate past president, was keynote at the Opening General Session on June 26th with “Becoming My Mother.”  During the Second General Session on Saturday, June 28th, conference participants learned from Marsha Wallace, founder of Dining for Women, during Invest in Women, Change Everything: the Power of Women to Create Healthy Societies in the 21st Century. This presentation focused on the empowerment of women across the world.

For the first time at the conference, AAFCS held a Little Black Dress & Tie Gala to raise funds for family and consumer sciences public awareness activities. The event featured a celebrity appearance by Project Runway Winner Seth Aaron Henderson, sponsored by Wild Ginger Software.  The Gala also showcased a historical fashion show, sponsored by Coats & Clark.

With more than 30 exhibitors in the Expo, conference participants could learn first-hand about the newest FCS products and services at the exhibit booths and exhibitor learning labs.  As a special note, 10 of AAFCS’ exhibitors have exhibited for at least 25 years.  The Expo also offered student and professional research poster sessions. 

About 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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