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FCSfit is an AAFCS Signature Initiative focused on setting small, realistic goals and delivering resources and community support to our membership and our supporters as they "model the mission" of AAFCS, and make informed decisions about their own well-being, relationships, and resources with the goal of achieving an optimal quality of life. 

Now in its sixth year, FCSfit is focused on delivering content and opportunities to our members that align with the mission and vision of AAFCS. Information will be in our online Wellness Wednesday communication, delivered to our members' inboxes and curated on on our blog.

2020-21 Grant Submission Now Open!

The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences is proud to once again implement the Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 community nutrition program, an initiative led by Aramark and the American Heart Association. Healthy for Life® is a registered trademark of Aramark

FCSfit kicks off Renewed Funding Opportunity! 

AAFCS is excited announce Year Two of its role as a facilitator of the American Heart Association's (AHA) Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 community nutrition program. The purpose of this program is to provide food discovery experiences and nutrition education to communities across the nation.

AAFCS was again selected to partner with AHA because our association members have demonstrated their commitment to empowering others with the skills needed to live an optimal quality of life, and are thus well-poised to successfully meet the goals of this program. Learn more about the 2019-20 subgrantees, here

What is it?
Up to TEN Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 community nutrition program grants are available this year (doubling the amount funded last year!). Grants are $2,500 each and funds will be used to implement four educational experiences over a two-three month period for an audience of 20-25 participants each time. The primary target audience is individuals responsible for meal preparation in the home and families in under-resourced communities. Desired outcomes include:

  • Attain and build food literary (i.e., knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about healthy food) and increase knowledge of how to connect food choices with daily goals.
  • Increase frequency around shopping and preparing healthy food.
  • Increase confidence in shopping and preparing healthy home-cooked meals.
  • Increase consumption of healthy foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains).
  • Successful AAFCS applicants (sub-grantees) will receive funding and AHA training and resources to effectively implement the Healthy for Life® community nutrition program.

  • Deadline for Submission: October 19, 2020(AAFCS reserves the right to extend the deadline as necessary and will publicize any extensions to members via electronic communication). 
  • Grant award notifications will be sent on October 26, 2020.
  • Applicants should be aware that grant recipients will be required to attend an introductory webinar on Tuesday, October 27 (4 PM ET) with AAFCS and AHA Staff. Please reserve the date and time.
  • Recipients will conduct four educational experiences over a period of two-three months. Ideally, AHA recommends that the educational experiences be offered every two (2) weeks, if possible. 
  • Project summary report due in April 2021.

Who's eligible? 
Current AAFCS members may apply on behalf of or in partnership with a supporting organization. 

Previous grant recipients may apply provided that 1) a different participant audience will be served and 2) complete evaluation data was submitted for the previous grant period.

Grant Overview, Application & Scoring

Please email fcsfit@aafcs.org with any questions. 

2019-20 Subgrantees:  In Their Words

“It was inspiring to be a part of a program that provides valuable information to a community that often lacks this information in the language (Spanish) that they understand. It was inspiring to see each participant excited for the information and grateful to be a part of it. The program was also encouraging for the fact that it is inclusive and easy to follow and the ingredients for making healthy meals are affordable.”
~Bernice Dodor - Eastern Carolina University 

"As a state association, we valued this experience for the Northeast OK City Food Desert.. . . The grant provided an opportunity to engage young professionals to work as a team and collaborate in new ways.”
~Ruth Ann Ball, Oklahoma AFCS

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