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Alexandria, Va. – May 27, 2020  –  By a unanimous  vote on May 20, 2020, the AAFCS Board of Directors passed a Disaster and Pandemic Relief Policy that will provide support to AAFCS members and certified professionals who have suffered a substantial loss of income due to a pandemic like the nation is facing with Covid-19. This policy is an update to the Major Disaster Relief Policy passed by the board in 2018. The policy states: AAFCS Major Disaster and Pandemic Relief Policy There are times when AAFCS members and AAFCS-certified professionals may need relief from their annual dues and/or certification maintenance fees due to impacts from a major ...
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AAF C S' partnership with America Saves Week  began in Year Two of the FCS fit Signature Initiative, when the emphasis was on Financial Well-Being. This week gives organizations a dedicated, annual opportunity to promote good savings behavior, like the 30-40-30 tax refund savings plan, shared below as an image and as a downloadable poster . AAFCS delivers financial resources directly, too, via our CPFFE professional certification , the pre-professional  Personal and Family Finance Assessment and Certification , and an array of webinars on financial topics, many helpful for educators, like Teaching Money Smarts - Financial Literacy ...
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FCS fit Wellness Wednesday:  Caregiving Changes Relationships Ask anyone who is a caregiver, who has been a caregiver, or who needed a caregiver if caregiving changes relationships, and the answer is a resounding " Yes ." Caregiving changes relationships with our elder because what we are willing to do – or not do – for one another gets tested.  The ways in which you support your loved one will increase. Shared interests and social outlets that bind your relationship together will be more difficult to do together. Here’s an unspoken truth: no one warns you that caregiving impacts ALL your relationships.  Suddenly, you are struggling to find ...
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FCS fit   Wellness Wednesday: Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 Initiative Sub-grantees Announced! AAFCS is excited to announce the sub-grantees of the Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 community nutrition program , an initiative led by Aramark and the American Heart Association (AHA) . The purpose of this program is to provide food discovery experiences and nutrition education to community members within five geographically distinct markets.    Please join us as we congratulate our sub-grantees organizations, who will each receive $2,500 to implement four educational experiences over a two to three-month period for an audience of 20-25 participants each time. ...
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FCS fit Wellness Wednesday: Act Now for Free MyPlate Resources Are you looking for MyPlate resources for your organization or classroom?  As a MyPlate Strategic National Partner , AAFCS works with the USDA-FNS Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion ( CNPP ). Resulting from this partnership was our Spring 2019 webinar,  Start Simple with MyPlate: New Resources and Tools . Now, AAFCS is pleased to share this NEW offer from the CNPP. For a limited time, the MyPlate team will mail free color copies of MyPlate Tip Sheets and Posters to AAFCS members.  The resources are packaged in sets of 25 each. Supplies are limited and will be distributed ...
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FCS fit kicks off new Funding Opportunity with National Partners!  AAFCS is excited to announce that it will be a facilitator of the Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 community nutrition program , an initiative led by Aramark and the American Heart Association (AHA) . The purpose of this program is to provide food discovery experiences and nutrition education to community members within five geographically distinct markets.   AAFCS is a known leader in the family & consumer sciences field; as such, our members have demonstrated their commitment to empowering others with the skills needed to live an optimal quality of life and are well-poised to ...
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This timely Wellness Wednesday was provided by staff at the National Safety Council . Please read and share widely.  Children in hot cars are dying at an alarming rate. Tragically, more children died in hot cars in the United States in 2018 than any other year on record. Since 1998 , more than 800 children have died in hot cars. These deaths have occurred during all months of the year, and in all but three states in the U.S. Twenty-four percent have occurred in employer parking lots while the parent or caregiver was at work. Parents, caregivers, and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) teachers can act immediately to end these preventable deaths. ...
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FCS fit Wellness Wednesday:  'Cause Givin' is Good for You May is National Foster Care Month , a time to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.  This is an opportune time to announce the 2019 Student Unit (SU) Service Project , which will take place onsite in St. Louis next month during the 110th Annual Conference & Expo .  The annual Service Project's mission is to help a nonprofit that is based in the conference host city make an even greater impact. This year, ...
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AAFCS Recognizes 2019 National Teacher of the Year for Program Teaching Youth Communication and Appropriate Use of Technology Family & Consumer Sciences Prepares Students for College, Careers and Life Alexandria, Va. – Today the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) officially announced Heather Marand Jones, M.Ed., CFCS , Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher and Career & Technical Education Department Chair at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia, as the AAFCS 2019 National Teacher of the Year . Sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox Publisher , the Teacher of the Year award recognizes exemplary ...
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As we continue our FCSfit Year Three focus on emotional health and relationship well-being , we hear from Lisa Brooks,  PhD, RD, (pictured below)  on a relationship that may often be overlooked -- the one between what we eat and how we feel. It may even make you rethink dinner tonight! Brooks is a director-at-large for the AAFCS Board of Directors, a member of the Illinois Affiliate, and an Associate Professor at Eastern Illinois University in the  nationally accredited School of Family & Consumer Sciences. You can connect with Lisa in person at the upcoming 110th #AAFCSac , where she'll be presenting, "The Blue Zones: Powerful Lessons for ...
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