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Family & Consumer Sciences

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Contact Information

Starla Hardin
FCS Agent/County Director
Phone: 931-375-5301
Email: shardin4@utk.edu

Educational Programs

Educational programs focus on strengthening individuals, families and communities by addressing critical issues and needs, such as teaching parenting skills, improving nutrition and health, managing family finances, addressing child care needs, and others.

Healthier Tennessee Small Starts

Healthier Tennessee Small Starts for individuals, for workplace, and for places of worship aim to help Tennesseans make better choices where they live, work, and worship. The goals is to improve health one small start at a time.

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Human development programs work to strengthen families through education. Focus areas include preparing for parenthood, parenting successfully, and addressing the changing needs of families.
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Nutrition and Food Safety education seeks to encourage individuals and families to improve the nutritional quality and safety of their diets. Classes target both youth and adults.
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Financial Management education programs teach basic money management skills to both youth and adults. Planning, saving, investing, and using credit are topics addressed by this program.
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Health and Safety programs seek to help clients create safe and healthy homes, prevent disease, and manage health conditions by making healthful lifestyle choices.
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FCE Clubs
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Family and Community Education Clubs are designed to strengthen home, families, and communities through leadership development, education, and community service.
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The Expanded Food and Nutrition Program targets at-risk families with intensive nutrition education to improve family diets and nutritional well-being.