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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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When people refer to resource management, it's commonly focused on money or natural resources. But is the other biggie - time - the most critical of all? This chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is an overview of how Americans spent their time in 2016. How does your schedule compare? A recent TED Talk by Laura Vanderkam inspired me to spend some time thinking about, well, time. More specifically, how to mange free time most effectively. Laura lays out the logistics, first -- there are 168 hours in a week. And, she asserts that for most, there really are enough hours in the day to get it all done. ". . . Time is highly elastic," she says. "We cannot ...
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This edition of  Wellness  Wednesday was inspired by the upcoming AAFCS webinar,  "Family Meals Made Easy: Implementing Freezer and Monthly Take-Home Meal Programs."   Just in time for  FCS Day , this complimentary webinar presented by Janet Holden, CFCS, an FCS teacher in Kansas, will share tips for success in  implementing classroom and community service programs to promote easy family meals . The webinar is on   November 15th at 5 PM ET   and registration is limited, so  reserve your seat today ! With the "Fall Back" time-change behind us, it may now feel like the holiday season is approaching too fast. In addition to the ...
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Making a Difference :  "STEPPING FORWARD with Leadership in the classroom" This edition spotlights Rene' Ketchum as the 2017 Affiliate Teacher of the Year for Washington.  The focus for teaching is Leadership through project based learning. STEPPING FORWARD with FCCLA STAR Events and National Programs integrated into her FCS classes lend themselves to students being able to make school relevant in their own life now and in the future, allowing them to assess their own areas of need and a plan to get there.  Teaching fitness, nutrition, health and family are the core to better healthy families in the future. Program Focus: With the issues ...
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Making a Difference :  "Bringing Back the Validity of Family and Consumer Sciences" This edition spotlights Anna Sullinger as the 2017 AAFCS Affiliate Teacher of the Year for Kentucky.  College and career readiness is the current buzz phrase that has given validity to FCS curriculum. Students have pressure to make selections, including a career pathway for high school, without proper knowledge. In eighth grade FCS courses, students delve deeper into career pathways and examine the choices for scheduling. Students meet with guidance counselors and take field trips to our local career and technical centers to see opportunities available and ...
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Alexandria, Va. – July 10, 2017 — Jennifer Zorotovich, Ph.D., and six co-authors have received the award for Outstanding Scholarship Article in the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences (JFCS) . Sonja Koukel, Ph.D., received the AAFCS 2017 Outstanding Peer Reviewer award for the JFCS . The JFCS is a quarterly, peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Both awards were announced last month at the AAFCS 108th Annual Conference & Expo in Dallas, Tex. The Outstanding Scholarship Article award recognizes one scholarly article from 2016 issues that meets the highest criteria ...
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