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Welcome back to our Atlanta blog! We pick up about eight hours after we left off in Part 1 : Thursday began with a stop at the hotel’s Starbucks—a bit crowded, but just what I needed for a quick bite. Because I wanted to take advantage of the city’s great public transportation system, I did not rent a car for my visit, so to visit the educational excursions that were a bit further away I hopped in a Lyft, one of the ride-sharing companies available in the city. Most attractions would be reachable via the bus system, but with limited time, I wanted to make sure I was able to see everything! The first stop on my itinerary was the Atlanta History Center . ...
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By Sandy Spavone, FCCLA Executive Director FCCLA's National Leadership Conference will take place June 28-July 2, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. This summer, FCCLA members from across the country will gather in Atlanta to network with fellow members, attend FCCLA program workshops and leadership sessions, and take part in Competitive Events. Attendees of the AAFCS Annual Conference & Expo and the Alliance for Family and Consumer Sciences are invited to join us on the opening day of FCCLA's 2018 National Leadership Conference. Take advantage of a complimentary one-day guest pass for Thursday, June 28th. By taking a stroll through our Exhibits Expo and College ...
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Alexandria, Va. - March 20, 2018 --The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) joins the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) in celebrating World Home Economics Day (WHED) today. In 1994, AAFCS, other organizations, and programs changed their name of the field from home economics to family and consumer sciences to more accurately reflect how the field has evolved in the U.S . The theme for World Home Economics Day 2018 is "Home Economics Literacy: Skills for Healthy and Sustainable Cooking," which supports  two main aims of the World Health Organisation (WHO): Reduce Non-Communicable Diseases. Food Safety to avoid ...
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Wellness Wednesday: ROI and Professional Development You WANT to go to #AAFCSac . You KNOW you will come away invigorated, full of ideas and more connected to your cohorts in the profession. But if you need to seek approval and/or requisition funding for your participation, how can you make the best case that this will be money well spent ? The AAFCS Return on Investment (ROI) toolkit is your new best friend !  With a little time invested upfront, you can use the email templates, worksheets, and the Program-at-a-Glance  to prepare a solid plan to submit with your request. A few tips: Don't wait! With early-bird registration a little ...
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In mid-November, Abby Wells and I traveled to Atlanta, GA to check out our hotel for the 109 th Annual Conference & Expo , learn more about the city and its surroundings, and visit the sites of our educational excursions. We had a wonderful time, and I’m so excited to share what we learned with you! I headed into Atlanta early in the morning on Wednesday, November 15 th , determined to make the most of my short trip! Atlanta’s airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is easy to fly into, and while quite large, it’s pretty easy to navigate! The airport is a Delta Airlines hub—and luckily, we once again have a great deal with ...
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FCS fit Goal:  Get Your Savings on Track! A A F C S is excited to be a 2018 partner in America Saves Week, coming up Feb. 26 - March 3rd. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organiz atio ns to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. Thanks to America Saves for providing the content for this editio n of Wellness Wednesday! Got a savings goal of your own? Share on our FCSfit pledge wall for a chance to win our February drawing! Split Deposit: The Workplace Perk that Will Help Employees Build Wealth By Bill Sullivan, Senior Director and Group Manager for ...
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Wellness Wednesday: A New Medicare Card is Coming. Be Ready. AAFCS thanks Community of Family Economics & Resource Management member Patti Wooten Swanson for this timely submission on Medicare. Patti is a Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Science Advisor with University of California Cooperative Extension, and a member of the California Affiliate of AAFCS .    Did you know?   You’ll be getting a new Medicare card with a new number for claiming benefits. Why?   Currently, your Medicare number is the same as your Social Security ...
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AAFCS is pleased to share that our inaugural round of FCS fit Project Grants have been awarded, and invites you to learn this week about the two projects that were funded. The next grant period opens in January, 2018, and we look forward to helping two more FCS fit Innovators see their projects to fruition!   Project leader:  Meeshay Williams-Wheeler Project Description:  FCSfit Kids: Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in a Family Mentor Experience  Assignment In brief:   The purpose of the FCSfit KIDS project is to provide leadership and guidance to college students on age and developmentally appropriate ways to ...
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Making a Difference :  "Foods and Nutrition Class Restaurant Menu Design Challenge" This edition spotlights Bernadette Olsen as the 2017 AAFCS Affiliate Teacher of the Year for New Hampshire.  Classes are designed to scaffold skills toward the development of independent, problem-solving adolescents. Students work in groups to design a variety of new menus for a local restaurant, creating and evaluating meals based on given parameters. Student work is published on the restaurant menu and featured on television, authenticating the project, highlighting student success, and increasing visibility of Family and Consumer Science. Program Focus: ...
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By Tara Dairman, Children's Book Author This blog was originally published on November 17th, 2016. People who’ve read my novel   All Four Stars   and its   sequels   often ask me how I became a writer. Sometimes they also want to know where my book ideas come from. (Ha, if only I knew! I’d go back and grab a few more.) But recently, a friend asked a different question: How did I get interested in “the food side of things”? Cooking, and eating adventurously, play a huge role in my books—and I bet a lot of readers assume that (like my foodie heroine, Gladys), I’ve been passionate about food since childhood. But they’d be wrong about that. ...
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