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We offer practical information for individuals, families and communities on eating well, managing money, raising children, health literacy and staying active. The primary goal of FCS is to improve the well-being of traditionally underserved families and communities by providing research-based knowledge and principles applicable to their everyday lives.
Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP): EFNEP is a federally funded educational program designed to assist limited-resource children and families in improving nutritional well-being and health through a series of practical lessons on basic nutrition and healthy lifestyles, resource management and food safety. Adults are taught in small groups. A youth curriculum focuses on providing food and nutrition education to contribute to the personal development of middle-school age youth. This age group is taught in after-school enrichment programs, summer camps, and during the school day in order to strengthen existing educational standards. We currently have EFNEP staff located in Kanawha and Putnam counties.
Health Literacy: Our patient-physician communication program, “Can You Repeat That Please?,” teaches participants how to effectively manage their health care visits and includes a comprehensive health history journal to take along. This successful program led to an expanded curriculum targeting a birth-18 audience called “My Growing Gains and Pains.” The program has been successfully administered to a variety of audiences, including a multi-state project using a health history journal targeting military families.
Healthy Grandfamilies:  West Virginia ranks fourth among all states in the percentage of grandparents responsible for their grandchildren. The Healthy Grandfamilies Project will offer 120 grandfamilies a series of 9 workshops delivered in Kanawha County, WV combined with social work case management services over a 6-month period.  Workshops will be delivered through the WVSU Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences program in collaboration with the WVSU Department of Social Work, which will coordinate the intervention’s case management component. Learn more about the Healthy Grandfamilies initiative here and also in this Journal of Extension article
Healthy Lifestyles Cooking Schools: Diabetes, Heart Disease and Hypertension are chronic health conditions affecting thousands of West Virginians. The WVSU Healthy Lifestyles Cooking School teaches meal planning and food preparation skills that reduce calories, control carbohydrates, modify fats and increase fiber of familiar food recipes.

Our Team

Dr. Ami
Dr. Ami Smith
Associate Vice President for Public Service and Director of Extension
(304) 204-4305
Bonnie Dunn
Extension Specialist
(304) 204-4007
Tammy Hauldren
EFNEP Extension Associate
(304) 552-0075
Kateira Hogan
EFNEP Youth Associate
(304) 204-5249
Eric Milam
Resource Manager, Healthy Grandfamilies
Healthy Grandfamilies Program

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