Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Family and Consumer Sciences?

  • Family and consumer sciences is the field of study focused on the science and the art of living and working well in our complex world. Visit this page to learn more!

When will Family & Consumer Sciences Day take place? 

  • December 3rd to recognize AAFCS Founder Ellen Swallow Richards, first woman graduate of MIT, whose birthday is December 3rd. Although FCS Day is December 3rd, we know that schedules are busy and we encourage you to participate anytime that week.

What is Family & Consumer Sciences Day?

  • A specific opportunity to promote family and consumer sciences programs, tools, and professionals that support family mealtime.  We ask families to make and eat a healthy dinner together during the week of December 3rd. 

Why was “Dining In” for Healthy Families chosen as the theme?

  • There’s a nationwide obesity epidemic, especially in children and teens, and a lot of that has to do with unhealthy eating and lack of food preparation knowledge.
  • Research has shown that the whole family benefits from family mealtime by having better nutrition, improving family communication, fostering family traditions, and teaching life skills, such as meal planning, budgeting, and food preparation.
  • Encouraging families to prepare simple, healthy meals and eat together supports the essence of family and consumer sciences: “Creating Healthy and Sustainable Families.”

What are the goals of Family & Consumer Sciences Day?

  • Additional 200,000 families will make and eat a healthy meal together on December 3rd
  • Family and consumer sciences organizations, programs, resources, and professionals will experience increased visibility and recognition.