The Food $ense Program Builds Healthy, Resilient Communities
Presented by Margaret Jenkins and Nanette Neal
Food insecurity is a chronic problem in Ohio, as reported by SNAP Education and local food pantry data showing a 12% increase in the number of individuals seeking food assistance between 2013 and 2018. Ohioans spend more on health care than all but 17 states, and Ohio ranks among the highest in diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular deaths. Learn how the Food $ense Program is developing a collaborative partnership between OSU Extension Impact Areas, a faith-based Mobile Food Pantry, and a local healthcare provider to address the food insecurity and social determinants of health. Brainstorm with your fellow attendees to create similar opportunities in your own community and identify ways to incorporate community gardening into your educational programs!
Be the Linchpin in Your Organization
Presented by Lorna Wounded Head, CFCS, CPFFE
Family and consumer sciences professionals work in dynamic organizations. The emphasis on programming and the approach used changes based on the needs of individuals, families, and communities. An FCS professional must be able to meet the demands of the audience but cannot be a jack-of-all-trades. A linchpin is a person who is vital to an organization--someone who understands how changing issues affect the needs of their audience. Learn how you can become the linchpin in your organization by identifying that one characteristic that makes you indispensable!
From Our Family to Your Classroom
Presented by Paula Tripp, CFCS; Kathleen Reeves; Lizzie Tripp; Sarah Tripp; and Jennifer Davis
Join our family's discussion of powerful teaching opportunities in health and wellness, nutrition, early childhood/elementary reading, and interior design! Whether you are in a Cooperative Extension, public school, higher education, or a related setting, you'll want to hear the professionals from each of these areas share lifespan societal issues they see and learn how family and consumer sciences educators can better address those issues. Plus, discuss how teacher educators can more effectively prepare certification students to impact others in these topics.
FCS Research: Presenting, Connecting, and Expanding Skills, Part 1
Presented by Amy Harden; Melinda Anderson; Barbara Stewart, CFCS; and Bronwyn Fees
Learn from experienced and emerging researchers while connecting with others who have similar interests to explore potential collaborations, and expanding their skills. The Family and Consumer Sciences Body of Knowledge cross-cutting themes will serve as the focus of this three-part event. More information coming soon!
A Soft Place to Land, A Solid Place to Stand: Yoga, Meditation, and the Science of Resilience and Hope
Presented by Treisha Peterson
Learn about the research into and the study of hope and resilience with the practice and traditions of yoga, mindfulness, and breathing techniques. These practices can help students develop cognitive and daily habits that promote emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being during times of struggle, stress, and strain. Dr. Brene Brown suggests that the best way to move information from our head to our heart is through our hands--you’ll engage in motion and emotion activities that stimulate adaptive internal dialogue and create habits for positive change.
POP Club Gets Youth Excited About and Shopping at the Farmers’ Market
Presented by Dayna Fentress
POP Club is a youth club at the farmers' market that is designed to get youth and their parents to come to the market and spend money. Learn about the group’s activities, designed to increase a child's knowledge base about where their food comes from, how farm operations work, how plants grow, how vendors sell at the market, and what foods they should be consuming—plus financial management concepts! You’ll leave the session with the tools to create your own POP Club at your local farmers’ market!
Becoming an Intentional Family
Presented by Nicole McAninch, Karen Melton, and Haley Fenn
In today’s pluralistic and rapid-paced society, families often have little clarity and capacity for knowing who they are and what they want to achieve as a family. Learn about the Intentional Family Process, a theoretically-based four-step model designed to help families cultivate and maintain their identity by developing a personalized family plan unique to their goals. You’ll also gain access to web-based resources that support families in cultivating and maintaining a family identity.
Support and Highlight Your Programs: Apply for Teacher of the YearPresented by Derrick Fogg; Kathleen Mellenberg; Dawn Oler; Karen Roberts; Jenny Lee Watson, CFCS; and Melody Weatherford, CNWE
Learn from a panel of Affiliate and former AAFCS Teachers of the Year! They will present their experiences with the application process, and share why being Teacher of the Year is a valuable credential and a stepping stone to a more active leadership role in the association. You’ll receive guidance as to how to maneuver through the application, and affiliate leaders can learn more about the value of shaping affiliate applications to align with the national award application.